RE: RARA-AVIS: JohnD's old stuff

From: Ron Clinton (
Date: 24 Jan 2008

There are (at least) two other collections by MacDonald: MORE GOOD OLD STUFF and THE END OF THE TIGER & OTHER STORIES. I feel, however, that THE GOOD OLD STUFF was probably the best of the three.

Ron Clinton

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> 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.
> Best,

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