RARA-AVIS: JDM's Barrier Island

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 08 Apr 2002

BARRIER ISLAND (1986) was John D. MacDonald's last novel, and since he died that year, perhaps someone will know if it was actually posthumous. I'd rank it about mid-level when considered against all his books, but it makes a nice coda. It's about real estate development on the Mississippi
(or at least I think that's where). A wheeler-dealer named Tucker Loomis has pulled a scam where he made as if he'd develop an island, but he knew the government was going to claim it for conservation soon, and they'd have to pay him off based on the value of the developed island, not its value as a shifting lump of sand.

I don't know if people down south really have names like this or if JDM just had a talent for them, but there are men in the book named Pink, Boob, Bern, and Ez.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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