Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: What about John D. MacDonald?

Date: 14 Jun 2006


It's been a while since I've read them, but I loved the Travis McGee series (well, at least the first 11 or 12), went through them all in order. However, I'm with you on the standalones. I haven't read a whole lot of them, but none that I have has really hit me. As you say, they are very professionally wrtten, but they don't quite come together for me. Maybe it's that he's too much a moralist. That worked fine for me in the first person McGee books (wonder if it still would, should reread one), even enjoyed the rants. However, I never really buy his gray characters as really gray. And I have found the '50s immediately falling in love cliche a bit harder to take in his books.

As I said, I haven't read that many of his standalones, but I have read some that are supposed to be among his best, like The Executioners and The Brass Cupcake.


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