The author John D Macdonald c1961

Author(s): John D Macdonald

The Deep Blue Good-by: A Travis McGee Novel

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  • TAG : Short Stories by John D MacDonald
  • PERIL PRESS presents:Planet Stories, November 1950FINAL MISSIONA Thrilling Short Storyby John D MacDonaldIn that antiseptic society, thirteen hell-raising old space-warriors were obsolete as brass knuckles in a debate. So brass-bands played, and bras...

    Liberty Magazine, January 1947HOLE IN NONEShort Shortby John D MacDonaldIllustrated by Glenn ThomasImagine making all the lucky strokes of a lifetime again—in a single golf match? Mr. Fingerhaver did1700 WordsAnd as a BONUS - Special Features:Liber...

  • PERIL PRESS Presents:Fantastic Adventures, May 1950VANGUARD OF THE LOSTby John D MacDonaldAlien ships landing on Earth could mean but one thing: invasion. But as men watched in fear, a strange thing happened9800 Words...

    Although the novel is supposedly a disaster story of a hurricane striking a condominium, to me that is just an excuse for John D MacDonald to do what he does best: create character after character after character, each with a detailed and well-thought out back story. And that’s exactly what he does for two-thirds of the book. Many of the characters are JDM staples: the officious, arrogant petty tyrant, the call girl who thinks she is living the good life, the ruthless land speculator, the vacuous housewife, the dishonest official, the psychotic, and the earnest engineer (the only likable character in the whole book). Frankly, I liked this part better than the actual hurricane.

    Sample from Deadly Welcome by John D Macdonald
    HE HAD BEEN on special assignment in Montevideo, had been there only a month when, without warning, they had cabled him home. He got Pan Am to Miami and Eastern to Washington. On the April morning after his arrival, he took his written report on his half-completed job to his chief of section at State, and made his verbal report to the chief and two of his aides, carefully concealing his surprise and irritation at being pulled off, and his curiosity at who might be assigned to complete the job. And his greater curiosity at what might be in store for him. Shoemacher said to him, "Alex, I might say off the record that I do not approve of this sort of thing. I do not believe that any other agency should be entitled to reach down into my section and lift one of my better people. But, because I do not have the facts as to how important or necessary this action is, and because the orders came, quite bluntly, from upstairs, I am in no position to protest. The loan period is indefinite. When they return you, Alex, I will be curious to learn your opinion as to whether this was . . . necessary." "Who wants me?" "The name and room number is on this slip. A Colonel Presser. Pentagon. He'll see you at any time." He taxied to the Pentagon and found Presser's office at eleven thirty. The girl looked blank and aloof until he said

  • Title: The House Guests (Gm)
    Author(s): John D Macdonald
    Publisher: Random House
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    John Dann MacDonald was born on July 24, 1916, in Sharon, Pennsylvania. He served in the OSS in the far east during World War Two. While still in the military, he wrote a short story and mailed it home to his wife, simply for her entertainment. Unknown to him, she submitted it to the magazine "Story", and it was accepted. This launched a writing career that spanned more than 40 years. MacDonald is best known for the series of detective-style novels featuring Travis McGee, with an interesting twist on the usual hard-boiled character; McGee was NOT a licensed private investigator, and in most of the novels, he agrees to recover something of value for a friend or a friend of a friend; his fee is one-half the value of the object. MacDonald had enrolled in the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, but dropped out during his sophomore year. He later completed his studies at Syracuse University, graduating in 1938, and in 1939 he received a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. While attending Syracuse, he met Dorothy Prentiss; they married in 1937. They had one son. At the age of 70, John D. MacDonald traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in December of 1986 to undergo heart surgery. He died at a hospital there on December 28th. He is buried in Milwaukee, at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum.

john d macdonald first publication thrilling wonder stories feb 1950

I’ve said that Weep for Me was the first John D MacDonald book I ever read. Ths was over 40 years ago and I liked it enough to re-read it not long afterwards, but I haven’t even seen a copy since then. My father gave away his virtually complete JDM collection, which consisted almost entirely of first edition paperbacks, including Weep for Me. In my few moments of sobriety since then, I struggle to forgive him.