John D. MacDonald


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    Mystery

    Oct-2013

    PERIL PRESS presents: Weird Tales, May 1949 BUT NOT TO DREAM by John D. MacDonald Illustrated by Vincent Napoli Hobbies are funny; and you can really get lost in them Changes that start with the soul are as complete as the mind of man can comprehend...

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    Mystery

    Oct-2013

    PERIL PRESS presents: Weird Tales, January 1949 THE GREAT STONE DEATH by John D. MacDonald Illustrated by Vincent Napoli It was a mountain, it was a stone . . . . it was a monster! 3400 Words Weird Tales, January 1949 A CURSE (verse) by Page Cooper ...

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    Science Fiction

    Oct-2013

    PERIL PRESS presents: Thrilling Wonder Stories, June 1949 LIKE A KEEPSAKE by John D. MacDonald “All I can say is, if this should be the world’s end, it’s a real black color….” 3500 Words Thrilling Wonder Stories, June 1949 WONDER ODDITIES ...

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    General Fiction

    Oct-2013

    PERIL PRESS presents: Collier’s, February 3 1956 The Unsuitable Girl by John D. MacDonald Illustrated Denver Gilen This was one secret his mother should never find out Collier’s Short Short 1300 Words Collier’s, June 8 1956 THE MEN WOMEN MAR...

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    Action Adventure

    Oct-2013

    PERIL PRESS Presents: Fantastic Adventures, May 1950 VANGUARD OF THE LOST by John D MacDonald Alien ships landing on Earth could mean but one thing: invasion. But as men watched in fear, a strange thing happened 9800 Words...

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    Suspense

    Oct-2013

    PERIL PRESS presents: Collier’s, August 9 1952 WHO’S THE BLONDE by John D. Macdonald Illustrated by Tran Mawicke He was four thousand dollars short, and the cops had it figured out. They said he wrapped the bills and shoved them across the counte...

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    General Fiction

    Jun-2012

    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...

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    Suspense

    Mar-2012

    PERIL PRESS presents:Detective Tales, August 1949WHAT MAKES SAMMY LAUGH?Dynamic Short Storyby John D MacDonaldWHAT MAKES SAMMY LAUGH?—certainly not the humor of Sammy’s kill-mad traveling companion!Little Sammy Rufus laughed and laughed when his ...

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    Action Adventure

    Feb-2012

    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...

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    Science Fiction

    Dec-2011

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    Suspense

    Oct-2010

    Tal Howard, a disillusioned Korean War veteran, breaks away from his old life, looking for answers. He's convinced he's going to find them in the small town of Hillston, the location of 60 grand in embezzled funds that Howard learned about from a dyi...

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    General Fiction

    Aug-2010

    This anthology features some of the most famous authors writing at the peak of their careers! Volume three of Master of Noir has the following ten great stories: THE KILLERS by JOHN D. MACDONALD, ATTACK by ED McBAIN, JUST WINDOW SHOPPING by LAWRENCE ...

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    General Fiction

    Feb-2010

    Martin Rhode, a distinguished soldier of one of Earth’s warring states, has been unwittingly captured by aliens after innocently exploring a hole caused by what was perceived to be enemy warfare. As it turns out, the aliens are being pursued by nat...

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    Suspense

    Feb-1992

    A "first-rate entertainment" ("New York Daily News"), "Condominium" is a panoramic novel from a master of suspense that follows the disappearance of an American paradise, the corrupt souls willing to sell out to make a buck, the innocent masses caugh...

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    Suspense

    Jun-1991

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    Suspense

    May-1991

    Murder at sea. No survivors, no evidence, no loose ends. Only a boatload of cash left for the taking. In this explosive novel from the author of the Travis McGee series, nothing is certain--not with enough money at stake to change a dozen lives . . ....

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    Suspense

    Jan-1991

    Events are set in motion by the death of Lucille Hansen who drowns in a lake. The cause of death is a mystery. Some claim it was accidental, although Lucille was a strong swimmer, while still others believe it was a suicide as she was on the verge of...

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    Suspense

    Jan-1991

    American bachelor Miles Drummond, living in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and running out of money, half-heartedly places an ad in a few US newspapers announcing a summer art workshop. Much to his surprise, thirteen students write for details, and arrive in Cu...

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    Suspense

    Nov-1990

    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 ...

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    Suspense

    Feb-1990

    This 1957 novel from John D. MacDonald has the grandmaster hitting his prime. He had been writing novels since 1950 and would not start his Travis McGee series until 1964. Hugh McReedy is one of JDM's competent protagonists. A construction worker adv...

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    Suspense

    Dec-1989

    “SHE MAY LOOK LIKE AN ANGEL…but she’s a tramp.” That was 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,...

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    Suspense

    Oct-1989

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    Suspense

    Sep-1989

    A master of the thriller turns his talent for riveting suspense to the world of business. In this bold novel, John D. MacDonald exposes the backstabbing and betrayals, sordid deeds and savage maneuverings that take place behind closed doors. Introduc...

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    Suspense

    Jun-1989

    Her brows were black and her face was oval, the brandied eyes spaced gravely, the lips wide and warm with instinctive wisdom, the throat and shoulders golden and fragile above the strapless nubby material of the pale tan linen dress. She half lay on ...

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    Suspense

    Jun-1989

    John D. MacDonald’s The Price of Murder features a complex plot told in a multiple-character format. Published in 1957 as a paperback original, The Price of Murder begins with the troubled marriage of English college professor Lee Bronson and his v...

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    Suspense

    May-1989

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    Suspense

    Apr-1989

    When Lloyd Westcott was hired to build and run the Green Oasis casino he didn't ask about the owner or where the backing came from. He didn't care, as long as the place was legit and he could run it clean as a whistle. But then the Big Man moved in....

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    Suspense

    Jan-1989

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    Suspense

    Oct-1988

    One Monday We Killed Them All (1961) is one of John D. MacDonald's stand-alone thrillers. A Fawcett Gold Medal original, the first edition (pictured) has a fantastic cover. I'm not sure who the artist is (doesn't look like a McGinnis), but the layout...

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    Suspense

    Sep-1988

    Where is Janet Gantry? was originally published about 3 years before the first Travis McGee novel ever saw the light of day. Its protagonist and first person narrator, Sam Brice, bears an uncanny resemblance to the better known McGee....

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    Suspense

    Jul-1988

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    Suspense

    Jul-1988

    Her name was Cindy, and she was his neighbour's wife - the woman next door in the kind of suburbia that didn't make headlines. These were real people, nice people like Cindy and Carl who fought with the desperation of the damned to keep from wanting ...

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    General Fiction

    Feb-1988

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    Suspense

    Jan-1988

    One of the most beloved American thriller writers of the twentieth century kicks off a rip-roaring career with his exhilarating first novel, a hard-boiled classic full of twists and turns, good intentions and bad coincidences, the stench of corruptio...

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    Suspense

    Jan-1988

    Living a comfortable life in a prosperous suburb, Craig is enjoying success in business, his young family, and a happy home. All is as he thinks it should be until, uninvited, a girl called Clemmie steps dangerously into his life. She's rich and beau...

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    Suspense

    Oct-1987

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    Suspense

    Sep-1987

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    Suspense

    Aug-1987

    Sure, Leo Rice seems like a nice enough guy . . . but why does he have to choose their beach? He could head ten miles up the Florida strip and everyone could just live happily ever after-no questions asked. But Leo Rice does ask questions . . . and s...

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    Suspense

    Jun-1987

    Is it possible to save a man from himself? Acclaimed novelist John D. MacDonald unfolds the dramatic story of two friends who go their separate ways--and who may be unable to stop themselves from repeating fatal mistakes. Introduction by Dean Koontz ...

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    Suspense

    Sep-1986

    Who killed Ken Dean -- and why?Four years ago Gevan Dean found his fiancee Niki Webb in his brother's arms -- and fled his hometown for the peaceful life in the Florida sun. But now Ken is dead -- murdered by a thief, the police say -- and Gevan's pr...

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    Suspense

    Jul-1986

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    Suspense

    Jun-1986

    There are two kinds of men in Mississippi. They make natural enemies. And sometimes, but only if the balance between strength and weakness tips too far, unnatural allies.Tucker Loomis is a hard and dangerous man with a ruthlessness all West Bay fears...

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    General Fiction

    Jul-1985

    Alex Doyle is a tough man on a tough assignment in Ramona Beach, Florida - the kind of place that doesn't trust strangers and is policed by a sheriff who echoes the locals' sentiments with a billy club. But Alex isn't an outsider, exactly. He grew up...

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    General Fiction

    Apr-1985

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    Suspense

    Feb-1985

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    Suspense

    Feb-1985

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    Suspense

    Feb-1985

    Welcome to the Eternal Church of the Believer, where devout workers operate state-of-the-art computer equipment to solicit and process the thousands of dollars that pour in daily . . . where hundreds of prayers are offered by armies of believers . . ...

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    General Fiction

    Oct-1984

    Teed Morrow is home from Europe and the post-War challenge of giving people back ''a measure of trust and hope''. He wants a break from getting involved. But the old evils of corruption and cruelty are there waiting for him in his new job.'...

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    Suspense

    Aug-1984

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    Suspense

    Jul-1984

    No writer captured the urban blight that befell postwar America in all its grime and commotion as well as noir legend John D. MacDonald. "The Neon Jungle "depicts a world in which the bright lights belie the turbulent lives of a lost generation. Intr...

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    Suspense

    May-1984

    "A Flash of Green" tells the gripping story of small-town corruption and two people brave enough to fight back, featuring many of the themes John D. MacDonald explored better than anyone in his legendary career as a leading crime novelist. Introducti...

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    Private Investigator

    1984

    A Travis McGee Novel - 21

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, "The Lonely Silver Rain" is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. Travis McGee has luck to thank for his reputation as a first-rate salvager of ...

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    Suspense

    May-1983

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    Suspense

    Feb-1983

    A television star wilting under the limelight. An adman with a stiff upper lip. A rising New York artist. A desperate housewife. All are victims of a cruel puppet master--and one of them is a killer. Introduction by Dean Koontz The head of a global c...

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    Suspense

    Feb-1983

    "Dead Low Tide" is an iconic early thriller from John D. MacDonald, the mastermind behind" Cape Fear" and the Travis McGee novels. On the coast of Florida, a working stiff is wrongfully accused of murdering his boss--and must outwit one of MacDonald'...

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    Suspense

    Oct-1982

    From John D. MacDonald, one of the enduring American novelists of the twentieth century, comes a science fiction classic with a timeless premise. An aimless young man discovers a way to stop the world in its tracks--and that's when his life truly beg...

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    Suspense

    Sep-1982

    The Good Old Stuff has been selected to give readers a taste of John D. MacDonald's great fiction. "The Simplest Poison" is a straight detective story. "Miranda" is psychological suspense. "Noose for a Tigress" is about a woman who wanted too m...

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    Private Investigator

    Jun-1982

    A Travis McGee Novel - 20

    When Travis McGee's friend Meyer lent his boat to his niece, Norma, and her new husband, Evan, he never dreamed he was signing their death warrant. For suddenly, out in the waters of the Florida Keys, the boat was destroyed by an explosion. To all...

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    General Fiction

    Feb-1982

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    Suspense

    Feb-1982

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    Suspense

    Aug-1981

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    Suspense

    Jul-1981

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    Private Investigator

    Mar-1981

    A Travis McGee Novel - 19

    GIRL IN COMA INHERITS FORTUNE -- that is how the headlines read when terminally ill tycoon Ellis Esterland was beaten to death at a stop on the Florida Turnpike two years ago -- murdered as his daughter lay unconscious, never to recover from a road a...

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    Suspense

    Mar-1981

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    Private Investigator

    1979

    A Travis McGee Novel - 18

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, "The Green Ripper" is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. Travis McGee has known his share of beautiful girls, but true love always passed him...

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    Private Investigator

    1978

    A Travis McGee Novel - 17

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, "The Empty Copper Sea "is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. Asking for help is something a proud man like Van Harder would never do. So when ...

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    General Fiction

    1978

    GREAT SCIENCE FICTION FROM A TOP BESTSELLING AUTHOR OTHER TIMES, OTHER WORLDS Among these superb stories -- A CHILD IS CRYING -- A frightening look at a seven-year-old boy whose intelligence far surpasses that of top military experts... FLAW -...

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    Private Investigator

    1974

    A Travis McGee Novel - 16

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, "The Dreadful Lemon Sky" is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. Around four in the morning, Travis McGee is jarred awake by a breathless ghost...

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    Private Investigator

    Jul-1973

    A Travis McGee Novel - 14

    McGee was too busy with his beloved houseboat, The Busted Flush, to pay attention to the little old man with his missing postage stamps. Except that they weren't ordinary stamps. No indeed. They were rare stamps. Four hundred thousand dollars' wor...

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    Private Investigator

    1973

    A Travis McGee Novel - 15

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, "The Turquoise Lament" is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. Funny thing about favors. Sometimes they come back to haunt you. And Travis McGe...

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    Private Investigator

    1971

    A Travis McGee Novel - 13

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, "Dress Her in Indigo" is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. Travis McGee could never deny his old friend anything. So before Meyer even says ...

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    Suspense

    1971

    SEVEN TO REMEMBER... ANDREA--a girl who took everything her lover had to give her, and then took more ... WYATT--a man drowning in his own success, grasping at one final moment of pleasure... NORRIE--who was so innocent and so trusting, and who wa...

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    Private Investigator

    1971

    A Travis McGee Novel - 12

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, "A Tan and Sandy Silence" is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. Travis McGee is unnerved when he receives an unexpected guest--real estate de...

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    in The Late Great Future

    General Fiction

    1971

    THEY'VE SEEN THE FUTURE -- AND IT DOESN'T LOOK GOOD.... What's going to happen when the world ends? Here are 14 humorous, poignant, eerie, and altogether too possible views of what things will be like when: Walking for pleasure and exercise b...

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    Private Investigator

    1970

    A Travis McGee Novel - 11

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, "The Long Lavender Look" is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. A lovely young thing, wearing little more than a determined look, streaks out o...

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    Private Investigator

    1968

    A Travis McGee Novel - 10

    There's nothing surer to attract Travis McGee than a beautiful woman in a jam. And this one is right up his alley -- rich and just a touch debauched. To help her out of a fix, Travis delves into the dirty dealings of a Florida town in his 10th myster...

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    Private Investigator

    1968

    A Travis McGee Novel - 9

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, "Pale Gray for Guilt" is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. Travis McGee's old football buddy Tush Bannon is resisting pressure to sell off h...

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    Private Investigator

    Jun-1966

    A Travis McGee Novel - 7

    Helping damsels in distress is nothing new for Travis McGee--it's basically how he spends his life. But this one was different right from the start. Tossed off a bridge with cement wired to her feet, dragged to safety by Travis and Meyer, she was a h...

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    Private Investigator

    1966

    A Travis McGee Novel - 8

    How do you extort $600,000 from a dying man? Someone had done it very quietly and skillfully to the husband of Travis McGee's ex-girlfriend. McGee flies to Chicago to help untangle the mess and discovers that although Dr. Fortner Geis had led an exem...

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    Private Investigator

    1965

    A Travis McGee Novel - 6

    The fragile-looking blonde was like a black widow spider feeding on her mate till he was broke and drained dry, a walking zombie stumbling aboard the celebrated TRAVIS McGEE houseboat The Busted Flush. And there lolls Travis McGee, that freelance kni...

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    Private Investigator

    1965

    A Travis McGee Novel - 5

    A long-ago face from a faraway past -- Sam Taggart dropped in from nowhere on the girl he'd left behind -- and on his old buddy Travis McGee. And at one o'clock that night McGee opened the door to Taggart's cheap motel unit to find his friend's throa...

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    Private Investigator

    1964

    A Travis McGee Novel - 1

    One look at Cathy Kerr and you could tell there was nothing life hadn't done to her. She was innocence turned helpless desperation, great brown eyes gone mournful and hopeless, tender illusion changed to memories of unutterable shame -- all because o...

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    Private Investigator

    1964

    A Travis McGee Novel - 2

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, "Nightmare in Pink" is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. Travis McGee's permanent address is the "Busted Flush, "Slip F-18, Bahia Mar, Laude...

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    Private Investigator

    1964

    A Travis McGee Novel - 3

    McGee did not like Mona Fox Yeoman. She seemed artificial, self-important. She was provocative rather than seductive, a dare more than a desire. She made a man want to shake her up, to mat that twenty-five-dollar hairdo and knock that lady-of-the-man...

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    Private Investigator

    1964

    A Travis McGee Novel - 4

    From a beloved master of crime fiction, "The Quick Red Fox" is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. She's the opposite of a damsel in distress: a famous movie star, very beautiful, ve...

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    General Fiction

    1963

    In a stirring adaptation of Judy Garland’s final film, acclaimed novelist John D. MacDonald pulls back the curtain on the life of a great star after the crowds have left and the lights have gone out. This is the haunting story of Jenny Bowman, a fa...

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    Thriller

    1958

    How far would you go to save your family? In John D. MacDonald's iconic masterwork of suspense, the inspiration for not one but two Hollywood hits, a mild-mannered family is tormented by an obsessed criminal--and with the authorities powerless to pro...

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    Mystery

    1951

    When Kyle Cameron meets temptation in the memorable shape of Emily, the strange, lovely new girl at the bank, his life changes forever. Emily has a fortune that frees him from his worst nightmares. But the relationship comes at a terrifying cost. Soo...

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