I find MacDonald's body of work kind of uneven. I love DEAD
LOW TIDE and the novella BORDERTOWN GIRL, for instance. At
his best, he sums up what pulp is at its best. I think he
fleshes out his sleazy villains wonderfully. But for some
reason, he usually feels obligated to throw in some do-good
(Our Heroes) who cause the books to drag like a soap opera (THE NEON JUNGLE and MURDER IN THE WIND come immediately to mind.) Like a lot of pulp writers, I guess he just had to write more than he was really inspired to. But even at his worst, he's a good craftsman.
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