Somewhere at this moment Bonny Lee and Kirby are driving some one
mad, and enjoying every moment of it.
If you have ever had a yeasty yearning for complete freedom and
complete immunity, you will covet something those two have. This
book will tell you what to look for, and how to use it if you can
Best of luck.
In this book, John D. MacDonald turns from suspense to
A story of fantasy . . .
JDM chose these stories after Francis Nevins and Martin Greenberg, along
Walter ,Jean Shine, and Sam Gowen’s help in assembling them out of
hundreds of short stories he had published in the pulps between 1947 and
1952, at the urging of Nevins and Greenberg, who thought the project would
be very worthwhile. Sales of the collection proved them right.
Table of contents:
“Murder for Money” “ A Time For Dying” “Death Writes the Answer”
“Noose For A Tigress “Miranda” “Murder In Mind”
“They Let Me Live” “Check Out At Dawn “Breathe No More”
“She Cannot Die” “From Some Hidden Grave” “Dead On The Pin”
“ A Trap For The Careless”
Sales of The Good Old Stuff proved to be so good that a second collection was published two years later in 1984.
Table of Contents:
“Deadly Damsel” “State Police Report That” “Death For Sale”
“ A Corpse In His Dreams” “I Accuse Myself” “ A Place To Live”
“Neighborly Interest” “The Night Is Over” “Secret Stain”
“Even Up The Odds” “ Verdict” “ The High Grey Walls Of Hate”
“Unmarrried Widow” “You Remember Jeanie”
She turned to face him and all the light had gone out of her blue eyes.
They looked dead, long buried.
"It's only a matter of time," she said. "I know sooner or later you'll ask
me how I became what I am. Men seem to have a compulsion to ask that
question. So let's have a pact. Don't ask me, and you won't make it
necessary or me to invent some tragic story to satisfy your curiosity.
"Just take me for . . . granted," she whispered.
In this swift and striking novel, John D. MacDonald examines the
ferment of a big-time convention - the plots, the savage
maneuverings, the dreadful ease with which a man or a dream can
MURDER AT SEA.
NO REASON NOT TO BE $800,000 RICHER.
Crissy Harkinson knew all about the cash that had left the Gold
Coast of Florida, headed for the Bahamas on board a pleasure boat.
It was Texas money—unrecorded, intended as a bribe. And there was
enough of it left to change a dozen lives. Or end them . .
Mystery Writers of America anthology, edited, with intro by JDM
1951 by Fawcett: 1951
"SHE MAY LOOK LIKE AN ANGEL . . . but she's a tramp."
That's when I hit him, my best friend. I thought of Laura and our
three day honeymoon. I thought of the sting of her full lips, the
long, lush lines of her warm, wonderful body, her throaty,
delighted laugh. And I thought of all the nights we were going to
Paul had stumbled to his feet, and there was blood on his mouth.
"You need a keeper," he said heavilly and contemptuously. "To save
you from yourself—and her."
First published 1956 by Dell
Murder In The Wind is, beyond a doubt, one of the most compelling
and suspenseful of Macdonald’s novels. . An awesomely described hurricane
literally drives his fascinating cast of characters together. Their refuge from the
driving wind and rising water become a sort of grand (and grisly) hotel.
(NOTE: WEST COAST FLORIDA RESIDENTS SHOULD READ THIS BOOK--
AND CONDOMINIUM-- EACH SPRING LEST THEY BECOME COMPLACENT....)
Welcome to Golden Sands, the dream condominium built on a weak foundation
and a thousand dirty secrets. JDM’s powerful novel is a panoramic look at the
shocking facts of life in a Sun Belt community: the real estate swindles and political
payoffs, the maintenance charges that run up, and the health benefits that run out,
the crack-ups and marital breakdowns, the disaster that awaits those who play in
the path of a hurricane.
The smell of stale bedrooms and warm gin hovered over that whole section of town. the women, even the young girls, walked a certain way.
There was a drifting threat of violence everywhere, and the kids of the neighborhood knew all about knives, garrison belts and bicycle chains long before they were pushed into high school by weary truant officers.
The best-selling author of the Travis McGee novels tells the riveting tru story of the notorious Coppolino murder trial.
Note: JDM paid tribute to John Pete Schmidt who had suggested he write about the trial, and who worked with JDM “all the way” as JDM noted.
In 1996, as a guest at our 6th John D. MacDonald Conference, in Sarasota, Florida, we heard a very touching story by John Pete Schmidt The setting was MacDonald’s home, now owned by
a private party, who invited all conferees to have a barbecue lunch on the verandah.
Mr. Zenk told us that in 1985, while he was undergoing a very difficult time, both personally and
medically, and a check for a sizable sum of money appeared out of nowhere--the
explanation was that it was for some”royalties” long overdue from further sales of the book.
There was not a dry eye in the house when Zenk told us that it was not until after JDM’s death
that he found out that the money was simply given by JDM to Zenk under the “guise” of a
1981 by Harper and Row: 1981
John D. MacDonald & Captain John H. Kilpack
FOR CRUISE VETERANS
FOR ARMCHAIR TRAVELERS
NOTHING CAN GO WRONG . . . But everything does in this exciting
tale of the last long cruise of a U.S. passenger ship by superb
storyteller Captain John H. Kilpack and renowned author John D.
When the S.S. MARISPOSA set sail in 1977 for a 77-day journey from
San Francisco to Leningrad and back, crazy antics, practical
jokes, human quirks, and an old ship with more than its share of
mechanical troubles created a memorable adventure for everyone
This wild tour takes us twice through the Panama Canal, to more
than a dozen European ports, to Alaska, and to sultry Caribbean
isles in a uniquely amusing and entertaining book.
Who in the hell did she think she was, plunging into his present
life, pleading with him to forget his past, promissing him the
Sid Shanley couldn't stay in one place very long. He had to keep
on the run, changing towns, changing jobs, changing women. He
worked out the perfect setup—no attachments, no trails, no
explanations. But now a girl had caught up with him. Her name was
Paula—and a million dollars lay behind her strange invitation . .
ARCHITECT OF EVIL
Step by step, Dwight McAran built a wall of vicious hate around
It was easy. He was a man who could slap one woman to death
because she loved him, and hum a love song to another while he
Sure, he did some time in jail. He sat in a cell for five long
years until he harbored a core of stark, steaming evil designed to
explode in a fury of vengeance.
Revenge was all he craved—and a plan was what he had—a plan just
cruel enough to please him, just crazy enough to work.
Remember all those televangelist scandals in the late 80’s ?
JDM wrote this book years before.....prescient as usual...
SHE WOULD NEVER ESCAPE HER PAST--HER FATE TO BE CAUGHT FOREVER IN THE SICK GLITTER OF THE GREAT SUCKER TRAP.
Coney Island in the desert. Miami Beach with an ocean. Nothing but sand and neon and money, money, everywhere. Big-name entertainers rubbing elbows with big name ganGsters over the green-baize craps tables.
Bare-breasted showgirls conning the big spenders in the small hours. All-night marriage chapels......Little white balls bouncing around all the roulette wheels....
World without end....
Simon and Schuster: 1959
ART, EROTICA, AND TEQUILA
When a jaded exponent of the Fast Buck hitches his starload of
schemes to the salacious bent of a well-heeled, well-oiled
divorcee, the result is a daffy mail-ordered Mexican art colony
known as the Cuernavaca Summer Workshop.
The unique goings-on and comings-off of the members of this
oddball establishment are the stuff a he-mans dreams are made of.
It is a positively no-money-back, uninhibited, unabridged romp
through passion and Picasso, under the naked Mexican sun, where
East meets West, North meets South, Madison Avenue goes native,
and the long-stemmed Texas lovelies unveil their astonishing
natural equipment in the hallowed name of Culture.
(NOTE: A REALLY “FUN “ READ)
She was so alive and he needed her so badly there was nothing to
do but kill her . . .
Gold Medal: 1971
Contains the following short stories:
"The Random Noise of Love" "Dear Old Friend" "The Willow Pool"
"Quarrel" "Woodchuck" "Double Hannenframmis" "The Annex"
Beneath the relaxed exterior of their lush beach life, the year
round sun tans, the unmeasured cocktails, the casual embraces
there pulses an insistent, blood-warm note of violence, of
Before the story is done, the pulse has run wild.
HE WANTED OUT.
Out of his job, out of his marriage to a well-heeled lush. And
there'd never be another chance like this one.
A big, big caper, but simple as pie. A suitcase bursting with
tightly packed stacks of nice, worn, unmarked bills. And nobody
would get hurt - supposedly.
But the sight and feel of all that money can warp a man, can make
him decide not to split it up. And it can make murder look easy.
Emily was demure, beautiful. Only she loved money as other women love men.
To satisfy her craving, she seduced Kyle Cameron,drained from him his manhood, his
morals and his soul. . .
(Note: JDM wished he could have bought all copies of this book so he could burn them...
not his best effort--and rare to find).
A lonely cottage on an empty Florida Key
An escaped convict
The woman who took fatal pity on him
A wealthy man who lives in - retirement
His alcoholic wife, a prisoner behind drawn blinds
An ex pro-football player who thought he'd lost his nerve
A lone girl on a deserted beach
Popular Library: 1956
Clint Sewell knew there wasn't a wife within fifty miles who
didn't have reason to kill Mary Olan - because there wasn't a
husband around who didn't think the grass was greener in Mary
Olan's bedroom. The latest occupant was Clint's boss, a nice guy,
but not above deceiving his wife - and maybe not above letting
Clint be the patsy when the fabulous Mary Olan was found dead in a
closet, with Clint Sewell's belt around her lovely neck.
Published AGAIN IN 1961 AS