RARA-AVIS: FYI -- John D. MacDonald's Lush Landscape of Crime

From: Frederick Zackel ( fzackel@wcnet.org)
Date: 14 Nov 2003

By Jonathan Yardley Tuesday, November 11, 2003; Page C01 An occasional series in which The Post's book critic reconsiders notable and/or neglected books from the past.

For my money, John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee is one of the great characters in contemporary American fiction -- not crime fiction; fiction, period -- and millions of readers surely agree. There are, as is announced across the top of each Fawcett Crest paperback volume in the series, "32 Million Travis McGee Books in Print!" Most of the other crime novels that MacDonald wrote over his long and astonishingly prolific career have been consigned to out-of-print oblivion -- in many cases most undeservedly so -- but Travis rolls along, keeping MacDonald's memory alive and reminding us that he was a far more accomplished and important novelist than is generally recognized.


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