Re: RARA-AVIS: An opinion of John D. MacDonald

From: Brian Evankovich (
Date: 06 Aug 2002

Mark wrote: "So I think Travis is well appreciated, and deservedly so."

When we say MacDonald isn't appreciated, I think the original point was that he isn't mentioned with the Big Three, who, IMHO, aren't really that big anyway and there are others, like John D., who deserve more attention. You can't just judge his appreciation by sales because Spillane and Prather had amazing sales, too, but where are they? At least John D.'s Travis books remain in print (I wish his others were, it's tough hunting them down and new fans are missing out). You could also add Brett Halliday to the overlooked and underappreciated list, but that's another topic. --Brian

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