Re: RARA-AVIS: John D. MacDonald

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 02 Apr 2001

Juri, you red the "wrong" novels by John D. MacD.

You have to try something written before his McGee series, series that was inferior in many ways to his earlier works. Only 2 or 3 of the McGee series are of higher standard (series easy to spot, as the English title always carries a name of a different color) . This McGee series was an attempt to broaden his readership when HB was already losing ground in the US(his and by other writers)and the public luuve serials with recurrent characters. Commercially it was a great success, but unfortunately it shadowed almost entirely his earlier novels for the American public after the 60's (that were also successful, but mainly with different readers).

May I suggest you try to find the following titles, NOT belonging to the McGee series:

The End of the Night A Key to the Suite The Empty Trap

(there is more but these are a good start) You will see, it's another world... and better novels. JDMD is a great HB author, due to his earlier works.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries

--- Juri Nummelin <> wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Mar 2001
> wrote:
> > >I just began to wonder whether you were really
> talking about John D.
> > >MacDonald. I have trouble reading him.
> > Hi, Juri. I was curious to know why. I've just
> gone back to Travis
> > McGee (after about 30 years <g>) and realised how
> much I like the series.
> I have had problems with his characters who seem to
> be eccentric only
> for eccentricity's sake (McGee's partner, whatever
> his name is, McGee's
> strange and peculiar habits (I just hate his Rolls
> Royce turned into a
> pick-up)), with his language that is forcedly
> relaxed and with his
> dialogue that is filled up with long monologues
> about life, politics and
> none-too-bright wisdom. MacDonald babbles. That's
> the main problem.
> So shoot me.

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