John D. MacDonald
1916-1986
 

John D. MacDonald was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania. He was educated at Utica Free Academy where he graduated in 1933. His further education was at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance followed by obtaining a BS degree in Business Administration at Syracuse University, New York and a MBA at Harvard Graduate School of Business. In 1937 he married Dorothy Mary Prentiss. Their only child, a son, was born in 1940. After several jobs he joined the U.S. Army in 1940. He eventually reached the rank of lieutenant colonel. In the Forties he wrote a lot of short stories. One of them was sold to a magazine for $25. This inspired him to make a living as a full-time writer. He not only wrote crime novels but also westerns and science fiction. All his stories were published in the so called pulp magazines. In 1964 he created Travis McGee.

 

Titles and year of publication:
 
'Travis McGee' Novels
 1) The Deep Blue Good-By  1964
 2) Nightmare in Pink  1964
 3) A Purple Place for Dying  1964
 4) The Quick Red Fox  1964
 5) A Deadly Shade of Gold  1965
 6) Bright Orange for the Shroud  1965
 7) Darker Than Amber  1966
 8) One Fearful Yellow Eye  1966
 9) The Last One Left  1967
10) Pale Gray for Guilt (UK Title: Grey)  1968
11) The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper  1968
12) Dress Her in Indigo  1969
13) The Long Lavender Look  1970
14) A Tan and Sandy Silence  1972
15) The Scarlet Ruse  1973
16) The Turquoise Lament  1973
17) The Dreadful Lemon Sky  1974
18) The Empty Copper Sea  1978
19) The Green Ripper  1979
20) Free Fall in Crimson  1981
21) Cinnamon Skin  1982
22) The Lonely Silver Rain  1985
Other Novels
 1) The Brass Cupcake  1950
 2) Murder for the Bride  1951
 3) Judge Me Not  1951
 4) Weep for Me  1951
 5) The Damned  1952
 6) Dead Low Tide  1953
 7) The Neon Jungle  1953
 8) Cancel All Our Vows  1953
 9) Contrary Pleasures  1954
10) All These Condemned  1954
11) Area of Suspicion  1954
12) A Bullet for Cinderella (Also published as: On the Make)  1955
13) Cry Hard, Cry Fast  1955
14) April Evil  1956
15) You Live Once (Also published as: You Kill Me)  1956
16) Murder in the Wind (UK Title: Hurricane)  1956
17) Border Town Girl (UK Title: Five Star Fugitive)  1956
18) Death Trap  1957
19) The Empty Trap  1957
20) The Price of Murder  1957
21) A Man of Affairs  1957
22) Clemmie  1958
23) The Executioners (Also published as: Cape Fear)  1958
24) Soft Touch (Also published as: Man-Trap)  1958
25) The Deceivers  1958
26) The Beach Girls  1959
27) The Crossroads  1959
28) Deadly Welcome  1959
29) Please Write for Details  1959
30) The End of the Night  1960
31) The Only Girl in the Game  1960
32) Slam the Big Door  1960
33) One Monday We Killed Them All  1961
34) Where Is Janice Gantry?  1961
35) A Flash of Green  1962
36) A Key to the Suite  1962
37) The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything  1962
38) The Drowner  1963
39) I Could Go On Singing  1963
40) On the Run  1963
41) End of the Tiger and Other Stories (short stories)  1966
42) S*E*V*E*N (short stories)  1971
43) Condominium  1977
44) The Good Old Stuff (short stories)  1982
45) Two (Novelets))  1983
46) More Good Old Stuff (short stories)  1984
47) One More Sunday  1984
48) Barrier Island  1986

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