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John D. MacDonald

John D. MacDonald, full name John D. MacDonald (24 July 1916-): major American Mystery/Detective novelist and short story author; born Sharon, Pennsylvania; 1934-1935 University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia); 1938 B.S., Syracuse University (New York); 1939 M.B.A., Harvard University; 1978 D.H.L., Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, New York); 1940-1946 United States Army Office of Strategic Services, Lieutenant Colonel; 1937 married Dorothy Mary Prentiss, 1 son; also wrote other genres, especially Science Fiction. 1962 President, Mystery Writers of America; winner 1955 Benjamin Franklin Award (Best Short Story); winner 1964 Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere; winner 1972 Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award; winner 1980 American Book Award; John D. MacDonald * 22 mystery/detective novels with series characters Travis McGee, who lives aboard a ship-shape boat "The Busted Flush" (won in a poker game) moored at Bahia Mar (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), owns a 1936 Rolls Royce convetrted into a pick-up; was formerly a minor-league football player; 6 feet 4 inches, handsome; and has a uniquely romantic moral code, especially hates corruption; and McGee's sidekick Meyer (retired economist, chess player, hirsute): * The Deep Blue Goodbye [New York: Fawcett, 1964; London: Hale, 1965] * Nightmare in Pink [New York: Fawcett, 1964; London: Hale, 1966] * A Purple Place for Dying [New York: Fawcett, 1964; London: Hale, 1966] * The Quick Red Fox [New York: Fawcett, 1964; London: Hale, 1966] * A Deadly Shade of Gold [New York: Fawcett, 1965; London: Hale, 1967] * Bright Orange for the Shroud [New York: Fawcett, 1965; London: Hale, 1967] * Darker than Amber [New York: Fawcett, 1966; London: Hale, 1968] * One Fearful Yellow Eye [New York: Fawcett, 1966; London: Hale, 1968] * Three for McGee [New York: Doubleday, 1967] omnibus * Pale Gray for Guilt [New York: Fawcett, 1968; London: Hale, 1969] * The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper [New York: Fawcett, 1968; London: Hale, 1969] * Dress Her in Indigo [New York: Fawcett, 1969; London: Hale, 1971] * The Long Lavender Look [New York: Fawcett, 1970; London: Fawcett (?), 1970] * A Tan and Sandy Silence [New York: Fawcett, 1972; London: Hale, 1973] * The Scarlet Ruse [New York: Fawcett, 1973; London: Hale, 1975] * The Turqouise Lament [New York: Fawcett, 1973; London: Hale, 1975] * McGee [London: Hale, 1975] omnibus * The Dreadful Lemon Sky [Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1975; London: Hale, 1976] * The Empty Copper Sea [Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1978; London: Hale, 1979] * The Green Ripper [Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1979; London: Hale, 1980] * Free Fall in Crimson [New York: Harper, 1981; London, Collins, 1981] * Cinnamon Skin [New York: Harper, 1982; London, Collins, 1982] * 37 other mystery/detective novels: * The Brass Cupcake [New York: Fawcett, 1950; London: Muller, 1955] * Judge Me Not [New York: Fawcett, 1951; London: Muller, 1964] * Murder for the Bride [New York: Fawcett, 1951; London: Fawcett, 1954] * Weep for Me [New York: Fawcett, 1951; London: Muller, 1964] * The Damned [New York: Fawcett, 1952; London: Muller, 1964] * Dead Low Tide [New York: Fawcett, 1953; London: Fawcett, 1955] * The Neon Jungle [New York: Fawcett, 1953; London: Fawcett, 1954] * All These Condemned [New York: Fawcett, 1954] * Area of Suspicion [New York: Dell, 1954; London: Hale, 1956; revised New York: Fawcett, 1961] * A Bullet for Cinderella [New York: Dell, 1955; London: Hale, 1960; as "On the Make", New York: Dell, 1960] * Cry Hard, Cry Fast [New York: Popular Library, 1955; London: Hale, 1969] * April Evil [New York: Dell, 1956; London: Hale, 1957] * Murder in the Wind [New York: Dell, 1956; as "Hurricane", London: Hale, 1957] * You Live Once [New York: Popular Library, 1956; as "Hurricane", London: Hale, 1976; as "You Kill Me", New York: Fawcett, 1961] * Death Trap [New York: Dell, 1957; London: Hale, 1958] * The Empty Trap [New York: Popular Library, 1957; London: Magnum, 1980] * The Price of Murder [New York: Dell, 1957; London: Hale, 1958] * A Man of Affairs [New York: Dell, 1957; London: Hale, 1959] * Clemmie [New York: Fawcett, 1958] * The Executioners [New York: Simon & Schuster, 1958; London: Hale, 1959; as "Cape Fear", New York: Fawcett, 1962] * Soft Touch [New York: Dell, 1958; London: Hale, 1960; as "Man-Trap", London: Pan, 1961] * The Deceivers [New York: Dell, 1958; London: Hale, 1968] * The Beach Girls [New York: Fawcett, 1961; London: Muller, 1964] * The Crossroads [New York: Simon & Schuster, 1959; London: Hale, 1961] * Deadly Welcome [New York: Dell, 1958; London: Hale, 1961] * The End of the Night [New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960; London: Hale, 1964] * The Only Girl in the Game [New York: Fawcett, 1960; London: Hale, 1962] Las Vegas mob blackmails innocent young lady * Slam the Big Door [New York: Fawcett, 1960; London: Hale, 1961] * On Monday We Killed Them All [New York: Fawcett, 1961; London: Hale, 1963] * Where is Janice Gantry? [New York: Fawcett, 1961; London: Hale, 1963] * A Flash of Green [New York: Simon & Schuster, 1962; London: Hale, 1971] * The Girl, the Gold Watch, and Everything [New York: Fawcett, 1961; London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1968] Science Fiction. * A Key to the Suite [New York: Fawcett, 1962; London: Hale, 1968] * The Drowner [New York: Fawcett, 1963; London: Hale, 1964] * On the Run [New York: Fawcett, 1963; London: Hale, 1965] * The Last One Left [New York: Doubleday, 1967; London: Hale, 1968] * One More Sunday [New York: Knopf, 1984] Television and computers for evangelical church fundraising * 4 other mystery/detective books written * Border Town Girl [New York: Popular Library, 1956; as "Five Star Fugitive", London: Hale, 1970] novelettes * End of the Tiger and Other Stories [New York: Fawcett, 1966; London: Hale, 1967] Short Stories * Seven [New York: Fawcett, 1971; London: Hale, 1974] Short Stories * The Good Old Stuff: 13 Early Stories [New York: Harper, 1982; London: Collins, 1984] ed. Martin H. Greenberg et al. * 2 other Science Fiction novels: * Wine of the Dreamers [New York: Greenberg, 1951; as "Planet of the Dreamers, New York, Pocket Books, 1953; London, Hale, 1955] * Ballroom of the Skies [New York: Greenberg, 1952] * 1 other Science Fiction short story collection: * Other Times, Other Worlds [New York: Fawcett, 1978] * 5 Miscellaneous Novels: * Cancel All Our Vows [New York: Appleton Century Crofts, 1953; London: Hale, 1955] suburban marriages on the rocks * Contrary Pleasure [New York: Appleton Century Crofts, 1954; London: Hale, 1955] * Please Write for Details [New York: Simon & Schuster, 1959] Cuernavaca art course/scam attracts Americans by newspaper ads * I Could Go On Singing [New York: Fawcett, 1963; London: Hale, 1964] screenplay novelization * Condominium [Philadelphia, Lipincott, 1977; London: Hale, 1977] Corporate Land-grabbers grapple in Florida * 3 Miscellaneous Books Written: * The House Guests [New York: Doubleday, 1965; London: Hale, 1966] * No Deadly Drug [New York: Doubleday, 1968] * Nothing Can Go Wrong [New York: Harper, 1981] co-author John H. Kilpack * 1 mystery/detective book edited: * The Lethal Sex [New York: Dell, 1959; London: Collins, 1962] * Reference/Criticism: * A Bibliography of the Published Works of John D. MacDonald, Jean & Walter Shine [Gainesviulle, University of Florida Libraries, 1981] * John D. MacDonald, David Geherin [New York: Ungar, 1982] Critical Analysis In the Periodic Table of the Elements, "Md" stands for Mendelevium. In the Periodic Table of the Mystery Authors, "Md" stands for John D. MacDonald! Honorable Mentions: Return to Mystery/Detective Table of Contents Return to PERIODIC TABLE OF MYSTERY AUTHORS [Grateful acknowledgment to Professor Erich Friedman for his permission for me to use the table structure and color GIFs of the Periodic Table, above, whose Mystery Author roll-over status names and correlation of Element Abbreviations with Mystery Author names are not the fault of Professor Erich Friedman but purely the work of Professor Jonathan Vos Post]