Search Results: "John D. MacDonald"


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NIGHTMARE IN PINK by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 11, 1976

"The pink perfume lingers on and McGee's in his prime in this 1964 reissue."
That Harry O-ish beach bum Travis McGee comes to New York to straighten out Nina Gibson, the grieving kid sister of his disabled vet buddy Mike. Read full book review >

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DARKER THAN AMBER by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 9, 1970

"The action is overwhelming and then there's that spanking display of the vernacular."
Travis McGee is the single successor to Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and in some ten paperback appearances has acquired an open-end following. Read full book review >

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GREEN RIPPER by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 1979

Travis McGee, aging and mellowing, is ready to settle down at last with the lusciously tall Gretel (The Empty Copper Sea)—who may just agree to marry him. Read full book review >

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EMPTY COPPER SEA by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 25, 1978

"Reliable plus."
Travis McGee #17—and everything's ship-shape down Florida way. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 31, 1984

"Okay by pulp standards, with glimmers (just glimmers) of the lean, quick MacDonald style to come—but not nearly as bright or crisp as the first collection."
Less varied, less engaging than The Good Old Stuff (1982): a further sampling of late-1940s stories from MacDonald's Dime Detective/Black Mask period. Read full book review >

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GIRL IN THE PLAIN BROWN WRAPPER by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 12, 1973

"There are others who precede her (a doctor, a nurse) and while the story seems overly complicated and diffused this time, ho one can knock its flushed allure since McGee's powers to persuade or seduce seem more puissant than ever."
That salvage consultant McGee attempting to reclaim desperate characters once again after Helena, whom he once loved, dies of natural muses but asks him to try and save the life of a daughter who seems determined to end it. Read full book review >

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CONDOMINIUM by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 21, 1977

"But MacDonald has brought off his move to a broader Florida canvas, producing a 450-page book that seems too short, leaving the mystery-suspense pigeonhole far behind."
The condominiums that Marty Liss built stand on Fiddler Key in the Gulf and seem to offer the dream retirement oasis, but life at the Golden Sands could be a lot dreamier. Read full book review >

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THE LAST ONE LEFT by John D. MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 1966

This is one of John MacDonald's long-playing accounts of crime and punishment, heavily plotted, thinly characterized, well timed while supporting some five stories simultaneously. Read full book review >

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CAPE FEAR (FORMERLY TITLED THE EXECUTIONERS) by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1958

"A likable family-very vulnerable at the hands of a vicious killer- this has a real menace and momentum."
Sam Bowden, a lawyer, lawyer, happily married, the father of three, and a peaceable man is also a defenseless one when Max Cady, a soldier whom he had helped to convict during the war on a rape charge, is released from jail and threatens to kill him six times over. Read full book review >

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ONE MORE SUNDAY by John D. MacDonald
Released: March 26, 1984

"Harold Robbins' Spellbinder, etc.)—but readable enough to attract that big built-in readership."
Scandals, hypocrisies, and inter-personal tensions at the headquarters of a big-bucks TV preacher—in a competent multi-plot novel that's unexciting in its melodrama, serviceable in its soap opera, and far too preachy (and predictable) in its ironic-expose viewpoint. Read full book review >

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A FLASH OF GREEN by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 1962

"John MacDonald's readers will be able to assess the property value here; it's prefabricated but commercial, the taxation is low; and conservatives may want a few zoning restrictions."
A housing development's plan to fill in the bay of a Florida small town brings aroused action, not only on the part of home-with-a-view owners, nature lovers, and do-gooders, but also Kat Hubble, whose husband has just died and who had once defeated the project. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD OLD STUFF by John D. MacDonald
Released: Oct. 13, 1982

"Don't expect McGee or greatness, then—but, despite some uneasy attempts at updating, this is good-enough old stuff for low-key pleasure."
Volume I of MacDonald's best work for the pulp-mystery magazines—murder, crime, and adventure tales written between 1947 and 1952 for such journals as Doc Savage, Detective Tales, and New Detective. Read full book review >