Search Results: "John D. MacDonald"


BOOK REVIEW

CINNAMON SKIN by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 1982

"But if MacDonald's formula varies little, the shrewd vignettes of places and people continue to be vividly engaging—and his masterly pacing ensures absorbing, taut reading every time around."
Travis McGee's 20th—which finds him enjoying life on his Florida houseboat, trying to keep his affair with hotel-manager Anne Renzetti on an even keel. Read full book review >

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LONELY SILVER RAIN by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 28, 1984

"Trav into a more cheerful frame of mind."
Travis McGee, Florida's favorite beach-bum adventurer and hero of 22 MacDonald novels, is having long, moody thoughts on middle age and absent friends—when he's persuaded by super-rich Billy Ingraham to try to find his stolen million-dollar yacht. Read full book review >

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FREE FALL IN CRIMSON by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 29, 1981

"Not quite as wham-bamtense as The Green Ripper, but all the necessary MacDonald ingredients are on the premises: fast pace; incredibly sordid doings which impinge on McGee's blue skies; a terrific windup; and a new love, Anne, who's probably good for at least one more book before she, too, like previous McGee ladies, bites the dust."
Ever-resilient Travis McGee, on the mend from yet another lost love, is asked by Ron Esterland to find out who killed his wealthy, cancer-ridden father Ellis two years ago. Read full book review >

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BRIGHT ORANGE FOR THE SHROUD by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 1972

"The story seems simpler to begin with but it's edged with that hard gloss virulence everyone knows and likes so well."
The shroud's a housecoat, worn to her death by the young woman used as a decoy by Travis McGee in his attempt to retrieve some of the money Arthur Wilkinson, a nice guy but a schnook all the same, had misspent. Read full book review >

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A DEADLY SHADE OF GOLD by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 7, 1974

"Not the best — but full value in the series with that man at the height of his puissance."
L'homme ultimate sensuel, McGee (this is a 1965 reissue) decides to exact reparations for the death of his friend Sam, brutally killed at the moment of his reconciliation with his girl, Nora — leaving behind him the evidence of one of those priceless pre-Columbian gold statuettes. Read full book review >

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QUICK RED FOX by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 11, 1974

"The story's not all that much (it's one of the early ones) but for many people McGee's sunburned macho is very operative however much you suspect it's only mantan."
. . . who has to jump is a motion picture star who has bought, and bought, and bought up some skin candids which could destroy her altogether. Read full book review >

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TURQUOISE LAMENT by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 30, 1973

"But there's a smashing scene at the end to make up for all that lost time when in McGee's own inimitable words life has been ''running out the bottom of the tube."
The most notable thing here is that this is the first time MacDonald has appeared initially in hardcover, although as he idles along, you might wonder what happened to what's happening since MacDonald has been so well established as one of the real hellbent storytellers in the business. Read full book review >

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THE CROSSROADS by John D. MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 1959

"Slick- and sexy stuff."
At the crossroads of Florida's Highway 71, the four children of Charles Drovek have built a motel-shopping center empire, but while they are very successful- they have their personal troubles; the oldest, Charles, is married to a hopeless alcoholic and in love with another woman; the youngest, Pete, has a swivel-hipped wife; etc., etc. So that the plan to steal the savings of old Pop Drovek, while it is carried out — by his daughter-in-law and her lovers, and while it leads to a double murder, is only one of several points of interest here. 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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NO DEADLY DRUG by John D. MacDonald
Released: Sept. 6, 1968

"Trial trivia moves briskly in and out of libraries, but this promises to see its greatest sale from paperback racks."
Here we go again. Read full book review >

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THE SCARLET RUSE by John D. MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 14, 1980

"Still, MacDonald is MacDonald, and that means top tension and fine detail—qualities that surely deserve hard-cover preservation."
First published in paperback in 1973, this is non-vintage but very drinkable MacDonald—as Travis McGee does his sidekick Meyer a favor by coming to the assistance of Hersh Felderman, an elderly Miami stamp dealer. 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 >