RARA-AVIS: JohnD's old stuff

From: jacquesdebierue ( jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 24 Jan 2008

I opened one of the dozens of boxes in the basement just to see what I own, and I happened upon John D. MacDonald's _The Good Old Stuff_, a collection of his best crime stories from Manhunt and other old magazines. I had read this book years ago and found it interesting, but on second reading it seems much better. The skill to develop practically any theme and give life to any character is remarkable. In his introduction, he says he wrote I don't know how many million words in four years. He was a writing machine from early on.

The stories are touched up and sometimes "updated", as confessed by John D. If you run into a copy, I suggest grabbing it. It's good stuff.



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