Re: RARA-AVIS: New member AND John D. MacDonald

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 15 May 2002

--- George Upper <> wrote:
> Now, a question for the hardcore JDM fans: What are
> the stand-alones I absolutely should not miss? I'm
> getting to the end of my
> read-all-the-Travis-McGee-books-in-order compulsion,
> and I own a number of the stand-alones but have read
> only a couple. Here's what I have:
> The Brass Cupcake
> Judge Me Not
> Murder for the Bride
> All These Condemned
> Area of Suspicion
> A Bullet for Cinderella
> April Evil (I've read this one)
> Border Town Girl
> You Live Once
> Death Trap
> A Man of Affairs
> The Deceivers
> The Executioners
> Soft Touch
> The Beach Girls
> Deadly Welcome
> The End of the Night
> The Only Girl in the Game
> Please Write for Details
> Slam the Big Door
> On the Run
> One More Sunday
> Barrier Island
> Which of these should I jump on right away? What
> novels am I missing that I absolutely need to have?

SOFT TOUCH is superb, one of JDM's best books.

END OF THE NIGHT is IMO overwritten in spots, but generally pretty great too.

ONE MORE SUNDAY is one of the rare books to tackle evangelical Christianity maturely, and is probably the best of JDM's soapier novels.

I really liked A KEY TO THE SUITE, I remember.


===== Doug Bassett

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