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

From: Bill Crider (
Date: 14 Jun 2006

JDM is the guy who got me started in the collecting paperbacks game. In the late '50s and early '60s, I couldn't get enough of his books. I've read all of them once, many of them twice, some of them more than that. I can see, now, many flaws that I didn't notice 40 years ago, and I can certainly see why people might not like the books today, but that doesn't change the way I felt then. Running across one I hadn't read was a magic moment.

I remember when I was in grad school, taking an evening French class so I could satisfy part of the language requirement. The class was driving me nuts, and at the break I left campus, drove downtown to a newsstand and bought a JDM book. I got back late to the class, which brought a disapproving comment from the teacher, but my evening was much improved.

One title the a lot of people think is among the best is A FLASH OF GREEN.

Bill Crider

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