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A Purple Place for Dying

A Purple Place for Dying
(Travis McGee: 3): an unputdownable and suspenseful thriller from the grandmaster of American crime fiction

by John D MacDonald

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2013-04-11
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 1448170265
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Let John D MacDonald - bestselling author and the inspiration behind a generation of crime writers - take you on a ride with this high-octane, all-action thriller. Jam packed with witty observation and unforgettable characters, and peppered with moments of refreshing introspection, this is perfect for fans of Lee Child, Michael Connelly and John Grisham. 'MacDonald had a huge influence on me . . . Reacher is like a fully detached version of Travis McGee' - LEE CHILD 'The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller' - STEPHEN KING 'To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.' - KURT VONNEGUT '. . . my favourite novelist of all time' - DEAN KOONTZ 'Couldn't put it down' -- ***** Reader review 'Good page turner' -- ***** Reader review ******************************************************************************** Travis McGee isn't your typical knight in shining armour. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: He'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half. 32-year-old Mona is in love with a poor, young college professor, but is trapped in a marriage with a wealthy businessman whom she is convinced is stealing from her trust fund. To get out, she does what any self-respecting woman would do: she hires someone to steal her money back so she can run away with the man she loves. Travis McGee isn't sure he wants to help out...until he sees Mona shot dead on the cliffs near her cabin. But when he arrives at the scene, her body is gone. And there's no trace of them ever having met. Will Travis prove that what he saw was real, and unravel a complex murder web, in time to save his own skin? FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1964, A PURPLE PLACE FOR DYING INCLUDES AN INTRODUCTION BY LEE CHILD. *********************************************************************************** Further Praise for the Travis McGee series: 'The consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer . . . The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author and they retain a remarkable sense of freshness' - Jonathan Kellerman 'Travis McGee is my favourite fiction detective. He's great because he has a philosophical side - he will fight a bunch of mobsters in a car park and then have a muse about life, the universe and everything' - Tony Parsons 'A dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character . . . I envy the generation of readers just discovering Travis McGee' - Sue Grafton 'A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field' - Mary Higgins Clark 'What a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again' - Ed McBain 'There's only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again . . . He is the all-time master of the American mystery novel' - John Saul

Cracking the Hard-Boiled Detective

Cracking the Hard-Boiled Detective
A Critical History from the 1920s to the Present

by Lewis D. Moore

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2015-01-24
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN : 9780786482399
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The hard-boiled private detective is among the most recognizable characters in popular fiction since the 1920s—a tough product of a violent world, in which police forces are inadequate and people with money can choose private help when facing threatening circumstances. Though a relatively recent arrival, the hard-boiled detective has undergone steady development and assumed diverse forms. This critical study analyzes the character of the hard-boiled detective, from literary antecedents through the early 21st century. It follows change in the novels through three main periods: the Early (roughly 1927–1955), during which the character was defined by such writers as Carroll John Daly, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler; the Transitional, evident by 1964 in the works of John D. MacDonald and Michael Collins, and continuing to around 1977 via Joseph Hansen, Bill Pronzini and others; and the Modern, since the late 1970s, during which such writers as Loren D. Estleman, Liza Cody, Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton and many others have expanded the genre and the detective character. Themes such as violence, love and sexuality, friendship, space and place, and work are examined throughout the text. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

A Purple Place for Dying

A Purple Place for Dying
A Book

by John Dann MacDonald

  • Publisher : Fawcett
  • Release : 1995
  • Pages : 305
  • ISBN : 0449224384
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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While on vacation in the Southwest, Travis McGee reluctantly agrees to help Mona Yeoman retrieve her estate from a wayward husband, only to become an eyewitness to her sudden death. Reissue.

Foolproof! Story Weaving

Foolproof! Story Weaving
Your Essential Guide for Writing a Blockbuster Series

by J. S. Chapman

  • Publisher : Weatherly Books
  • Release : 2021-03-18
  • Pages : 100
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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WHEN YOU DECIDE TO WRITE A BOOK SERIES, YOU MUST BEGIN AT THE BEGINNING. BUT WHERE TO START? Instead of staring at a blank page, setting up a disorganized corkboard, arranging and re-arranging sticky notes, or ordering and re-ordering index cards, there’s a better way. FOOLPROOF! STORY WEAVING: Your Essential Guide for Writing a Blockbuster Series shows you how to develop either a standalone novel or a series of interconnected novels. By using several methods and suggestions, including story weaving bibles and storyboards, you control the process and not the other way around. The story weaving method works especially well for two (2) kinds of series: · a sequential series in which the end of each book finishes with a cliffhanger · an ongoing series where each book begins with a problem and ends with a satisfying conclusion By applying logical approaches that take you from the initial concept to a final draft, you’ll complete your books faster and more efficiently than either panstering or plotting ever could. Your story will unfold naturally. The secret? You don’t have to be a panster or a plotter. You can be both at the same time. No longer will you have to wait for inspiration to strike. When following preparatory exercises, you can let your mind speedily and confidently guide you from the beginning to the end. In FOOLPROOF! STORY WEAVING, you’ll learn about these subjects and more. · The differences among episodic, running, or grouped series · Types of fiction—from mainstream to high-concept—and how they work or don’t work for a book series · Basic story structures that will take you from a blank page to a successful series · Story elements that influence how the narrative unfolds in each book and for the full duration of a series · Why character archetypes are the building blocks of all stories With FOOLPROOF! STORY WEAVING: Your Essential Guide for Writing a Blockbuster Series, you’ll also learn about storytelling, bestselling genres, world building, and archetypes. Do you want to write a book series that can make your writing career? Then don’t delay. Pick up your copy right this minute and start weaving your story!

Of Sex and Faerie: further essays on Genre Fiction

Of Sex and Faerie: further essays on Genre Fiction
A Book

by John Lennard

  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Release : 2010
  • Pages : 393
  • ISBN : 1847601731
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Taking up where Of Modern Dragons (2007) left off, these essays continue Lennard's investigation of the praxis of serial reading and the best genre fi ction of recent decades, including work by Bill James, Walter Mosley, Lois Mcmaster Bujold, and Ursula K. Le Guin. There are groundbreaking studies of contemporary paranormal romance, and of Hornblower's transition to space, while the fi nal essay deals with the phenomenon and explosive growth of fanfi ction, and with the increasingly empowered status of the reader in a digital world. There is an extensive bibliography of genre and critical work, with eight illustrations.

The Red Hot Typewriter

The Red Hot Typewriter
The Life and Times of John D. MacDonald

by Hugh Merrill

  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Release : 2000-08-12
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 0312273738
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Although John D. MacDonald published seventy novels and more than five hundred short stories in his lifetime, he is remembered best for his Travis McGee series. He introduced McGee in 1964 with The Deep Blue Goodbye. With Travis McGee, MacDonald changed the pattern of the hardboiled private detectives who preceeded him. McGee has a social conscience, holds thoughtful conversations with his retired economist buddy Meyer, and worries about corporate greed, racism and the Florida ecolgoy in a long series whose brand recognition for the series the author cleverly advanced by inserting a color in every title. Merrill carefully builds a picture of a man who in unexpected ways epitomized the Horatio Alger sagas that comprised his strict father's secular bible. From a financially struggling childhood and a succession of drab nine-to-five occupations, MacDonald settled down to writing for a living (a lifestyle that would have horrified his father). He worked very hard and was rewarded with a more than decent livelihood. But unlike Alger's heroes, MacDonald had a lot of fun doing it.

Bowker's Guide to Characters in Fiction 2007

Bowker's Guide to Characters in Fiction 2007
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2008-02
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9780835247498
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Purple Place for Dying

A Purple Place for Dying
A Book

by John Dann MacDonald

  • Publisher : Fawcett
  • Release : 1982-10-12
  • Pages : 158
  • ISBN : 9780449125250
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"A beautiful wealthy woman summons Travis McGee to Arizona to help her get a divorce and recover the money her husband stole from her. McGee soon realizes that she's artificial and self-important. Then he sees her murdered, with a bullet through her heart. With the client dead and without a dime's worth of fee, an ordinary detective would close the case. But Travis McGee is more than a detective ... TRAVIS McGEE Part rebel, part philosopher, and every inch his own man, Travis McGee is the rugged, sexy Florida boat bum with a special genius for helping friends in trouble-or avenging their deaths. Star of twenty-one novels-all great entertainment-"McGee has become part of our national fabric.""--BOOK COVER.

Travis McGee: Books 1-3

Travis McGee: Books 1-3
Introduction by Lee Child

by John D MacDonald

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2013-07-18
  • Pages : 960
  • ISBN : 144817144X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'MacDonald had a huge influence on me . . . Reacher is like a fully detached version of Travis McGee' LEE CHILD Travis McGee isn’t your typical knight in shining armour. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: He’ll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half. Discover Travis McGee with this special collection of the first three titles of John D. MacDonald’s classic series. The Deep Blue Goodbye Travis McGee isn’t particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet girl who’s been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allen? What Travis isn’t anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake . . . Nightmare in Pink Travis McGee’s old army buddy needs a favour. His sister’s fiancé has just been murdered in what the authorities claim was a standard Manhattan mugging. But Nina knows better. Travis is determined to get to the bottom of things, but just as he’s closing in on the truth he finds himself taken captive. Some people will go to any lengths to make sure their secrets don’t get out . . . A Purple Place for Dying Travis McGee isn’t sure he wants to help Mona, a woman trapped in a marriage with a wealthy businessman whom she is convinced is stealing from her trust fund. That is until he sees Mona shot dead on the cliffs near her cabin. But when he arrives at the scene, her body is gone. And there’s no trace of them ever having met. Will Travis prove that what he saw was real, and unravel a complex murder web, in time to save his own skin? Features an introduction by Lee Child JOHN D. MACDONALD: A GRAND MASTER CRIME WRITER 'The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller' - Stephen King '. . . my favorite novelist of all time' - Dean Koontz 'What a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again' - Ed McBain 'There’s only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again . . . He is the all-time master of the American mystery novel' - John Saul

Meditations on America

Meditations on America
John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee Series and Other Fiction

by Lewis D. Moore,Robin Dale Moore

  • Publisher : Popular Press
  • Release : 1994
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9780879726645
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This work explores John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series, with special emphasis on MacDonald's examination of the conflicts and joys of twentieth-century American culture and society. MacDonald describes himself as a moralist and this, combined with his narrative gifts, infuses his ever-present concerns for the quality and durability of American life. The first and last chapters, respectively, discuss MacDonald's early novels and the four he wrote concurrently with the series. The remaining chapters analyze various themes that figure prominently in the series. MacDonald's thinking reflects many of the concerns of his fellow citizens during his writing career while revealing his own personal reaction to the society around him. Noting his sense of an uncaused evil in the world and his prolific inventiveness, this work examines MacDonald's narrative exploration of America in which he reveals an unwillingness to give up either his frequently pessimistic views of society or the hope that it can somehow continue. His posthumous Reading for Survival sounds the latter note in typical MacDonald fashion: Read and learn or die. McGee, in the hard-boiled detective tradition, exemplifies MacDonald's picture of the struggling, but coping, culture with no guarantees for the future.

Connecting Detectives

Connecting Detectives
The Influence of 19th Century Sleuth Fiction on the Early Hard-Boileds

by Lewis D. Moore

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2014-11-10
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN : 0786477717
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A literary examination of the influence of 19th century sleuths on the early hard-boiled investigators, this book explores the importance of works by Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the development of detective series by Carroll John Daly, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Brett Halliday, Mickey Spillane, Thomas B. Dewey, John D. MacDonald, Ross Macdonald, Richard S. Prather and William Campbell Gault. Authors from the transitional (1964-1977) and modern periods (1979 to the present) are also discussed to show the ongoing influence of the 19th century detective writers.

A Nightmare in Pink

A Nightmare in Pink
(Travis McGee: 2): the danger is palpable and the setting more so in McGee’s return, the second novel from the grandmaster of American crime fiction

by John D MacDonald

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2013-04-11
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 1448170257
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Travis McGee finds himself in the one place he would never choose to be: New York City, where no one can be trusted. MacDonald only gets better as he lays bare more of his America. Find out why he is the inspiration behind a generation of crime writers. Perfect for fans of Lee Child, Michael Connelly and John Grisham. 'MacDonald had a huge influence on me . . . Reacher is like a fully detached version of Travis McGee' - LEE CHILD 'The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller' - STEPHEN KING 'To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.' - KURT VONNEGUT Travis McGee isn't your typical knight in shining armour. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: He'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half. Travis McGee's old army buddy needs a favour. His sister's fiancé has just been murdered in what the authorities claim was a standard Manhattan mugging. But Nina knows better. Her soon-to-be husband had been looking too closely at his firm's books, and he'd found that the numbers weren't adding up. Travis is determined to get to the bottom of things, but just as he's closing in on the truth he finds himself taken captive. Some people will go to any lengths to make sure their secrets don't get out . . . Featuring an introduction by Lee Child Further Praise for the Travis McGee series: 'The consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer . . . The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author and they retain a remarkable sense of freshness' - Jonathan Kellerman 'Travis McGee is my favourite fiction detective. He's great because he has a philosophical side - he will fight a bunch of mobsters in a car park and then have a muse about life, the universe and everything' - Tony Parsons 'A dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character . . . I envy the generation of readers just discovering Travis McGee' - Sue Grafton '. . . my favorite novelist of all time' - Dean Koontz 'A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field' - Mary Higgins Clark 'What a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again' - Ed McBain 'There's only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again . . . He is the all-time master of the American mystery novel' - John Saul

The Butcher's Son

The Butcher's Son
A Book

by Grant McKenzie

  • Publisher : Polis Books
  • Release : 2016-09-19
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 194381841X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For one man, the past will never stay buried. Ian Quinn has spent his life protecting children from the monsters that live among us. As a Child Protection Officer, Ian places their lives above his own, and has no qualms about getting his hands dirty when it comes to protecting those who can't protect themselves. Years ago, Ian was unable to protect his own daughter when she was killed, and has channeled the anger and sadness into his vocation. Ian has tried to bury his past. But the past is far from done with him. Ian's own father left years ago, leaving Ian and his sister alone. But out of the blue Ian is called by an attorney, claiming his father has recently died and named Ian in his will. Ian had assumed his father was long dead, and confused as to what he could possibly be needed for. When Ian goes to the lawyer's office, he is given three items: The first is a key. The second is a deed to his grandfather's old butcher shop. The Third is a letter from his from his father that reads simply and cryptically: "Sorry for everything, son, but it's your burden now."

Florida Literary Luminaries: Writing in Paradise

Florida Literary Luminaries: Writing in Paradise
A Book

by James C. Clark

  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Release : 2022-05-02
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 1467149799
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Sit down for a spell with the bevy of famed writers who've found inspiration in the Florida sun. From the Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca to James Patterson, writers have found inspiration in the Florida sunshine. Ernest Hemingway met his future wife at Sloppy Joe's in Key West. John Kennedy recovered from back surgery in Palm Beach while working on his Pulitzer Prize winning book. James Weldon Johnson wrote what became The Negro National Anthem at the Stanton School in Jacksonville. And Edna St. Vincent Millay watched in shock as her manuscript went up in flames in Sanibel. Florida historian James Clark tells the stories of scores of writers including Robert Frost, Jack Kerouac, John D. MacDonald, and Stephen King. Hunter Thompson driving through the streets of Key West using a bullhorn to warn the citizens, Tennessee Williams partying with Truman Capote, Ring Lardner planning a get together with Al Capone--it's all here.

Private Eyes

Private Eyes
One Hundred and One Knights : a Survey of American Detective Fiction, 1922-1984

by Robert Allen Baker,Michael T. Nietzel

  • Publisher : Popular Press
  • Release : 1985
  • Pages : 385
  • ISBN : 9780879723309
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Private Eyes is the complete map to what Raymond Bhandler called "the mean streets," the exciting world of the fictional private eye. It is intended to entertain current PI fans and to make new ones.

Crime Fiction and Film in the Southwest

Crime Fiction and Film in the Southwest
Bad Boys and Bad Girls in the Badlands

by Steve Glassman,Maurice J. O'Sullivan

  • Publisher : Popular Press
  • Release : 2001
  • Pages : 303
  • ISBN : 9780879728465
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Tony Hillerman s oddly matched tribal police officers, patrol the mesas and canyons of their Navajo reservation, they join a rich traditon of Southwestern detectives. In Crime Fiction and Film in the Southwest, a group of literary critics tracks the mystery and crime novel from the Painted Desert to Death Valley and Salt Lake City. In addition, the book includes the first comprehensive bibliography of mysteries set in the Southwest and a chapter on Southwest film noir from Humphrey Bogart s tough hood in The Petrified Forest to Russell Crowe s hard-nosed cop in L.A. Confidential. "

Soft Touch

Soft Touch
A Novel

by John D. MacDonald

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2013-06-11
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 030782683X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Soft Touch, one of many classic novels from crime writer John D. MacDonald, the beloved author of Cape Fear and the Travis McGee series, is now available as an eBook. Jerry Jamison wants out. Out of a sloppy marriage, a dull job, the empty suburban rat race. Out of the whole infuriating merry-go-round of boredom and frustration his life has become. Once Jerry had a beautiful bride and a good salary at her old man’s successful business. That was before his wife turned into a lush. Before the business started to go to pieces. And before the lazy afternoon when Vince Biskay, an old army buddy, rings his doorbell and makes an intriguing proposition that promises to bring the excitement back into Jerry’s life—but leaves only death and destruction in its wake. Features a new Introduction by Dean Koontz Praise for John D. MacDonald “The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King “My favorite novelist of all time.”—Dean Koontz “To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.”—Kurt Vonnegut “A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Talk about the best.”—Mary Higgins Clark

The Green Ripper: Introduction by Lee Child

The Green Ripper: Introduction by Lee Child
Travis McGee, No.18

by John D MacDonald

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2013-12-05
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 1448170397
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'MacDonald had a huge influence on me . . . Reacher is like a fully detached version of Travis McGee' LEE CHILD Travis McGee isn’t your typical knight in shining armour. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: He’ll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half. Travis McGee has known his share of beautiful girls, but true love always passed him by – until Gretel. But suddenly, the woman who stole his heart dies of an unidentified illness. Convinced that she has been murdered, McGee finds himself pursuing a less-than-noble cause: revenge. Obsessed with his crusade, he becomes more and more unhinged. He has spent his life saving other people, but now he’ll need to find the strength to save himself – before he loses his mind. First published in 1979, The Green Ripper was the winner of the National Book Award. This edition features an introduction by Lee Child. JOHN D. MACDONALD: A GRAND MASTER CRIME WRITER 'The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller' - Stephen King 'Travis McGee is my favourite fiction detective. He’s great because he has a philosophical side – he will fight a bunch of mobsters in a car park and then have a muse about life, the universe and everything' - Tony Parsons 'A dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character . . . I envy the generation of readers just discovering Travis McGee' - Sue Grafton 'The consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer . . . The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author and they retain a remarkable sense of freshness' - Jonathan Kellerman '. . . my favorite novelist of all time' - Dean Koontz 'A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field' - Mary Higgins Clark 'What a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again' - Ed McBain 'There’s only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again . . . He is the all-time master of the American mystery novel' - John Saul

The Empty Trap

The Empty Trap
A Novel

by John D. MacDonald

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2013-06-11
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 030782716X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Empty Trap, one of many classic novels from crime writer John D. MacDonald, the beloved author of Cape Fear and the Travis McGee series, is now available as an eBook. Lloyd Wescott is a big boy, and he understands that big money doesn’t smell like roses. When he’s hired to build and run the Green Oasis resort, he dosn’t know too much about the pedigree of its owner—and he doesn’t want to. He won’t ask any questions. Just as long as the place is legit and he can run it clean as a whistle. But when trouble checks in, skimming from the casino’s tills is the least of Lloyd’s concerns. The quiet elegance of the hotel lobby turns out to be crawling with contract guns. And after one look from a beautiful woman, Lloyd realizes that he’s about to get some hard answers to the questions he never asked. Features a new Introduction by Dean Koontz Praise for John D. MacDonald “The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King “My favorite novelist of all time.”—Dean Koontz “To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.”—Kurt Vonnegut “A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Talk about the best.”—Mary Higgins Clark

The Deceivers

The Deceivers
A Novel

by John D. MacDonald

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2013-06-11
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 0307827097
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Deceivers, one of many classic novels from John D. MacDonald, the beloved author of Cape Fear and the Travis McGee series, is now available as an eBook. Carl can’t get her out of his mind. Her name is Cindy, and she’s the wife of his next-door neighbor. They live in the kind of suburbia that doesn’t make headlines. In every way, Carl and Cindy are regular people—upstanding citizens, even—but they have been fighting desperately to keep from wanting each other. Had a perfect opportunity not presented itself, perhaps nothing would have happened. But suddenly it is the right time. The right place. And there’s no room left for pretense. In a moment, even as Cindy and Carl hate themselves for what they are about to do, all innocence drains out of their lives . . . and two regular people become creatures of passion—and astonishing guilt. Features a new Introduction by Dean Koontz Praise for John D. MacDonald “The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King “My favorite novelist of all time.”—Dean Koontz “To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.”—Kurt Vonnegut “A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Talk about the best.”—Mary Higgins Clark