Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cataloging some great John D. MacDonald today.... All 10% off

John D. MacDonald was a prolific mystery writer and author of one of the most popular detectives in fiction, Travis McGee.  The Travis McGee series ran for 21 novels and won several awards, including the National Book Award in 1980 for The Green Ripper.

Macdonald's novels were mostly detective fiction though he made several forays into science fiction as well.  In short fiction formats, MacDonald wrote stories in virtually every genre, reportedly writing over 500 stories in a four-month period in the 1940s.

Presented here is a small selection of MacDonald's novels, mostly new arrivals that were cataloged this morning:

A Bullet for Cinderella by John D. MacDonald - Her veneer was big city … but one look and you knew that Toni Rassell’s instincts were straight out of the river shack she came from. I watched her as she toyed with the man, laughing, her tumbled hair like raw blue-black silk, her brown shoulders bare. Eyes deep-set, a girl with a gypsy look. So this was the girl I had risked my life to find. This was the girl who was going to lead me to a buried fortune in stolen loot.

The Deceivers by John D. MacDonald - Her name was Cindy, and she was his neighbor's wife - the woman next door in the kind of suburbia that didn't make headlines.  No cheap scandals here - no wife-swapping, no key games.  These were real people, nice people like Cindy and Carl who fought with the desperation of the damned to keep from wanting each other.

Had a perfect opportunity not presented itself, perhaps nothing would have happened.  But suddenly, it was the right time, the right place.  And there was no room left for pretense.  In that moment all innocence drained out of their lives.  Two real people, two nice people, became creatures of passion -- and guilt.

Nightmare in Pink by John D. MacDonald - Dark-haired and delicately built, she was a sweetly wanton career girl, living alone in a Manhattan walk-up.  Her name was Nina and -- in addition to companionship -- she offered Travis McGee the first clue, the first loose thread in the whole elaborate fabric of a swindle so gigantic that it took a small army of lawyers and financiers to keep it secret.

McGee, that amiable skeptic, that free-lance knight in slightly tarnished armor, sets out on a wild and tortuous chase that takes him into the decadent world of Cafe Society, the ruthless world of the really big money and the weird and terrifying world of hallucinatory drugs.

The Brass Cupcake by John D. MacDonald - Take a hard-boiled ex-cop named Cliff Bartells.  Take a beautiful girl with the unlikely name of Melody Chance.  Add the death of one Elizabeth Stegman of Boston, MA.  Plus her missing jewels, insured for seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars.  What have you got?  Murder for profit, of course.  Cold-blooded, premeditated murder.

The Long Lavender Look by John D. MacDonald - When Travis McGee swerves to avoid hitting a beautiful girl in the road, he lands in 10 feet of muddy water and 20 feet of trouble, as a guy in a truck takes a pot shot at him with a rifle. When McGee complains to the local authorities, they arrest him for murder. He should never have ventured off his houseboat, "The Busted Flush," where he's the only judge and jury. But in this 12th Travis McGee adventure he's at the mercy of the court.

The Crossroads by John D. MacDonald - A roadside motel, a restless bride, a sadistic chiseler, a musclebound lover-boy, and a quarter of a million bucks in cash within easy reach of grasping fingers.  A perfect set-up for robbery and murder.  And a perfect setting for this expert chiller by John D. MacDonald.

The Beach Girls by John D. MacDonald - Life at the Stebbins' Marina is sunny, warm and sweet. Tanned men and women enjoy the life others dream of. Many boats bring new guests to the party until one man arrives and causes an uneasy effect on everyone. What no one realizes is that the marina will soon be shattered by murder.

The Green Ripper by John D. MacDonald - In his 18th appearance ladykiller Travis McGee, finally loses his heart to a lovely lady named Gretel. But just as he begins to bear his soul, his confidant is gone. Killed by a mysterious illness, they say, but McGee doesn't believe it. Many women have come and gone from his houseboat, "The Busted Flush," but Gretel was special, and McGee won't give up until he learns the truth about her death.

No Deadly Drug - Signed & Inscribed by John D. MacDonald - SIGNED & INSCRIBED by both the author, John D. MacDonald on the half-title page but also SIGNED and inscribed by John Pete Schmidt (to whom Special Acknowledgement is given on the title page).  This is not a pristine copy - it was obviously read many times by its previous owner, Lt. Col. John Graham to whom it is inscribed.  There is an ex-libris sticker on the pastedown, the front hinge is beginning to crack and the boards are threadbare at the extremities.  With No Deadly Drug, MacDonald left mystery writing for a foray into True Crime, detailing the murder trial of Dr. Carl Coppolino.  Facsimile dust jacket in mint condition included.

We have many more of MacDonald's novels in stock and receive more often.  For a complete listing of our currently available stock of John D. MacDonald - click here.

The above titles are all 10% off our regular prices.  If you are using the link for our complete catalog of MacDonald, you'll see the discounted prices noted.  If you click on individual items, the page will show the original price but the discounted price will be displayed in the shopping cart.

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