RARA-AVIS: Announcement: John D. MacDonald's swan song

MT (matrxtech@sprintmail.com)
Thu, 01 Apr 1999 00:33:27 -0500 After a number of years -- too many, say his numerous fans -- John D.
MacDonald's last masterpiece, the incandescent _CMYK_ will finally see
the light. In typical noir fashion, the manuscript, long-rumored to
exist, turned up among John D.'s archived tax returns. It comprises 428
typed pages, with copies of Schedules A, B, C, and D separating the four
sections or "acts" as they were titled by MacDonald. So far, only
MacDonald's former agent has read the manuscript, but several noted
authors have already offered blurbs.

"A fucking masterpiece, buy it quicksville or die now by
self-Clintonization!" says James Ellroy, celebrated author of _The Black
Dahlia_ and other best-selling novels.

"Tops RGB, Pantone Hexachrome, and any other kind of harboiled process
you can imagine, now or ever", enthuses Tom Clancy, a worl-famous author
of best-selling techno-thrillers.

"Imagine an evening streaked with purple, the color of torn plums, thin
white streaks of lightning in the row of black clouds that hover low on
the watery horizon, a bolt of lightning hitting a cottonwood tree, a boy
and his father fishing in a homemade pirogue out in the bayou among the
dead cypress, drinking Dr. Pepper and talking about a book. Let it be
this book" rhapsodizes James Lee Burke, author of the best-selling
series featuring Dave Robicheaux.

The publication date has tentatively been set for April 1, 2000.

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