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The Good Old Stuff

Short Stories

by John D. MacDonald Author · Dean Koontz Author of introduction, etc.


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The Good Old Stuff, a classic collection of short fiction from crime writer John D. MacDonald, the beloved author of Cape Fear and the Travis McGee series, is now available as an eBook.

Before embarking upon a truly iconic career as a novelist, John D. MacDonald cut his teeth perfecting the art of the short story. This powerful collection assembles thirteen of those early mysteries, tightly wound gems of noir fiction that herald the arrival of an American original. Featuring early prototypes of his signature character Travis McGee, many of the characters are explorations into the types of people that would obsess MacDonald throughout his life's work: professional criminals and city cops, adventurers and amateur sleuths. Throughout, the inimitable touch of a master at work is on shining display.

This collection includes "Murder for Money," "Death Writes the Answer," "Miranda," "They Let Me Live," "Breathe No More," "From Some Hidden Grave," "A Time for Dying," "Noose for a Tigress," "Murder in Mind," "Check Out at Dawn," "She Cannot Die," "Dead on the Pin," and "A Trap for the Careless."

Features a new Introduction by Dean Koontz

Praise for John D. MacDonald

"The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller."--Stephen King

"My favorite novelist of all time."--Dean Koontz

"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

"A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Talk about the best."--Mary Higgins Clark

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Random House Publishing Group
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John D. MacDonald (Author)

John D. MacDonald was an American novelist and short-story writer. His works include the Travis McGee series and the novel The Executioners, which was adapted into the film Cape Fear. In 1962 MacDonald was named a Grand Master of the Mystery Write...

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