Have You Read: John D. MacDonald

By | Jun 11, 2013

I was walking through a book store the other day (yes a real store where they sell books) and came across new editions of the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald. John D. MacDonald was one of the most prolific writers during the decades of the 50s, 60s, 70s and into the 80s.

I first came upon John D. MacDonald in Stephen King’s Night Shift, a collection of short stories of King’s early stories. MacDonald wrote the foreword. Even though King had published only 4 novels and the collection of short stories at the time, I was a big fan of his, and with the knowledge that MacDonald was as well and also a writer I searched him out.

My town had a used book store so I looked there first and found one of his books. As it turned out it was one of MacDonald’s Travis McGee books. Being that I was already a fan of mystery series (Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe, James Bond) I thought it would be a wonderful fit. And that it was.

I then learned that not only was there the McGee Series (this was 1976 and there were 16 in the series with 5 more to be written) that he had also published over 40 other books. MacDonald actually began as a pulp magazine writer in the late forties with hundreds of stories published before his first book published, The Brass Cupcake, was published in 1950.

In short John D. MacDonald became one of my favorite authors. While I was catching up on the McGee Series and his other books I also was excited when he published another book. And it was with great sadness when I heard of his death in late December of 1986 that there would not be another MacDonald book.

It is a shame that with all of the books that he has written that today he is more of a footnote in the annuals of literature instead of one of those that is heralded. This is my way of giving him heralds and to suggest if you haven’t read a book by John D. MacDonald take a chance. A good place to start would be the first book in the Travis McGee series, The Deep Blue Goodbye. I think you’ll love him.


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