Authors > John D. MacDonald

"John D. MacDonald was the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller." -- Stephen King

"As a young writer, all I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me." -- Dean Koontz

"John D. MacDonald created a staggering quantity of wonderful books, each rich with characterization, suspense, and an almost intoxicating sense of place."--Jonathan Kellerman

"John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all us in the field. Talk about the best."--Mary Higgins Clark

"Travis McGee is the last of the great knights-errant: honorable, sensual, skillful, and tough. I can't think of anyone who has replaced him. I can't think of anyone who would dare."--Donald Westlake

"To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen."--Kurt Vonnegut

Featured Titles:

Cape Fear

How far would you go to save your family? In John D. MacDonald's iconic masterwork of suspense, the inspiration for not one but two Hollywood hits, a mild-mannered family is tormented by an obsessed criminal--and with the authorities powerless to protect them, they must take the law into their own hands.

Year: 1958     Genre: Suspense

The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything

From John D. MacDonald, one of the enduring American novelists of the twentieth century, comes a science fiction classic with a timeless premise. An aimless young man discovers a way to stop the world in its tracks--and that's when his life truly begins

Year: 1962     Genre: Family SecretsFantasyMiami

A Purple Place for Dying

Travis McGee's taking his retirement in installments while he's still young enough to enjoy it. But sooner or later, his money runs out and he has to work. This time McGee's lured out West to a strangely secretive meeting with a woman in trouble, in a place whose beauty hides some ugly, dangerous secrets.

Year: 1964     Genre: Hardboiled Detective

Nightmare in Pink

Travis McGee's permanent address is the Busted Flush, Slip F-18, Bahia Mar, Lauderdale, and there isn't a hell of a lot that compels him to leave it. Except maybe a call from an old army buddy who needs a favor. If it wasn't for him, McGee might not be alive. For that kind of friend, Travis McGee will travel almost anywhere, even New York City. Especially when there's a damsel in distress.

Year: 1964     Genre: Hardboiled Detective

The Deep Blue Good-By

McGee isn't particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet backwoods girl who's been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allen? What Travis isn't anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake. Enter Junior's latest victim, Lois Atkinson.

Year: 1964     Genre: Hardboiled Detective

A Deadly Shade of Gold

Deception. Betrayal. Heartbreak. When Sam left his girlfriend, Nora, and vanished from Fort Lauderdale, no one was surprised. But when he shows up three years later lying in a pool of his own blood, people start to ask questions. And his old friend Travis McGee is left to find answers.

Year: 1965     Genre: MexicoPrivate EyeStolen Goods


Stand Alone Novels

My Library
Own Read Rating WishYear Title Genres & Tags

-- -- -- --1950The Brass Cupcakeby John D. MacDonaldHardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --1958Cape Fearby John D. MacDonaldSuspense
-- -- -- --1960The End of the Nightby John D. MacDonaldCrime Fiction
-- -- -- --1962A Flash of Greenby John D. MacDonaldSuspense
-- -- -- --1962The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everythingby John D. MacDonaldFamily SecretsFantasyMiami
-- -- -- --1977Condominiumby John D. MacDonaldSuspense


SERIES: Travis McGee

My Library
Own Read Rating WishYear # Title Genres & Tags

-- -- -- --19641The Deep Blue Good-By Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --19642Nightmare in Pink Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --19643A Purple Place for Dying Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --19644The Quick Red Fox ExtortionHardboiled Detective, Hollywood
-- -- -- --19655A Deadly Shade of Gold MexicoPrivate EyeStolen Goods
-- -- -- --19656Bright Orange for the Shroud Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --19667Darker Than Amber Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --19668One Fearful Yellow Eye ExtortionHardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --19689Pale Gray for Guilt Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --196810The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --196911Dress Her in Indigo Missing Person
-- -- -- --197012The Long Lavender Look Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --197113A Tan and Sandy Silence Hardboiled DetectiveMissing Person
-- -- -- --197314The Scarlet Ruse Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --197314The Turquoise Lament Hardboiled Detective, Hawaii
-- -- -- --197515The Dreadful Lemon Sky Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --197816The Empty Copper Sea Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --197917The Green Ripper Revenge
-- -- -- --198118Free Fall in Crimson Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --198219Cinnamon Skin Hardboiled Detective
-- -- -- --198520The Lonely Silver Rain Hardboiled Detective