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John Dann MacDonald, better known as John D. MacDonald, launched his writing career with a stroke of good luck. His wife submitted to a magazine one of his short stories, and the magazine published it. During the next forty years, McDonald wrote hundreds more stories as well as his series of detective novels. MacDonald was born in 1916 in Pennsylvania. He enrolled in the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, but left without completing his degree. He later finished his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University and received an M.B.A. from Harvard University. MacDonald served in the OSS in Asia during World War II. MacDonald's novel The Executioners was adapted into the film Cape Fear. MacDonald was named a grandmaster of the Mystery Writers of America and won the only National Book Award awarded in the mystery category. He died in 1986.

Books by John D. MacDonald

The Deep Blue Goodbye 0449132528 Book Cover

The Deep Blue Goodbye

John D. MacDonald

$4.89 - $38.49

Nightmare in Pink 0449133125 Book Cover

Nightmare in Pink

John D. MacDonald

$4.99 - $24.49

Purple place for dying 0449133362 Book Cover

Purple place for dying

John D. MacDonald

$5.69 - $18.79

The Quick Red Fox 0449224406 Book Cover

The Quick Red Fox

John D. MacDonald

$4.19 - $15.46

A Deadly Shade of Gold 0449129284 Book Cover

A Deadly Shade of Gold

John D. MacDonald

$4.39 - $15.46

Darker Than Amber 0449224465 Book Cover

Darker Than Amber

John D. MacDonald

$5.79 - $14.66

The Lonely Silver Rain 0449125092 Book Cover

The Lonely Silver Rain

John D. MacDonald

$3.59 - $14.66

One Fearful Yellow Eye 0449125653 Book Cover

One Fearful Yellow Eye

John D. MacDonald

$4.29 - $15.46

Pale Gray for Guilt 0449141586 Book Cover

Pale Gray for Guilt

John D. MacDonald

$4.29 - $48.29

The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper 0449126684 Book Cover

The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper

John D. MacDonald

$4.29 - $15.49

Bright Orange for the Shroud 0449142434 Book Cover

Bright Orange for the Shroud

John D. MacDonald

$4.39 - $78.59

The Long Lavender Look 0449133346 Book Cover

The Long Lavender Look

John D. MacDonald

$4.79 - $120.59

Cinnamon Skin 044912505X Book Cover

Cinnamon Skin

John D. MacDonald

$3.59 - $15.41

The Turquoise Lament 0449142000 Book Cover

The Turquoise Lament

John D. MacDonald

$4.29 - $15.47

The Green Ripper 0449143457 Book Cover

The Green Ripper

John D. MacDonald

$3.59 - $14.66

Five Complete Travis McGee Novels: A Tan and Sandy Silence/The Dreadful Lemon Sky/The Empty Copper Sea/The Green Ripper/Free Fall in Crimson 0517476711 Book Cover

Five Complete Travis McGee Novels: A Tan and Sandy Silence/The Dreadful Lemon Sky/The Empty Copper Sea/The Green Ripper/Free Fall in Crimson

John D. MacDonald

$5.69 - $9.19

Dress Her in Indigo 0449132935 Book Cover

Dress Her in Indigo

John D. MacDonald

$4.29 - $181.89

The Scarlet Ruse 0449139522 Book Cover

The Scarlet Ruse

John D. MacDonald

$4.39 - $20.79

The Empty Copper Sea 0449141497 Book Cover

The Empty Copper Sea

John D. MacDonald

$3.99 - $15.46

Free Fall in Crimson 0449144410 Book Cover

Free Fall in Crimson

John D. MacDonald

$3.59 - $14.66

The Dreadful Lemon Sky 0397010745 Book Cover

The Dreadful Lemon Sky

John D. MacDonald

$3.99 - $14.66

A Tan and Sandy Silence 0449132501 Book Cover

A Tan and Sandy Silence

John D. MacDonald

$4.19 - $28.79

Condominium 0449235254 Book Cover

Condominium

John D. MacDonald

$4.78 - $15.62

The Executioners 0449131904 Book Cover

The Executioners

John D. MacDonald

$4.69 - $14.66

The Brass Cupcake 1579126073 Book Cover

The Brass Cupcake

John D. MacDonald

$5.69 - $15.49

Barrier Island 0449131793 Book Cover

Barrier Island

John D. MacDonald

$3.59 - $11.29

The Girl, the Gold Watch, & Everything 0449142965 Book Cover

The Girl, the Gold Watch, & Everything

John D. MacDonald

$5.19 - $13.19

A Flash of Green 0449126927 Book Cover

A Flash of Green

John D. MacDonald

$5.29 - $5.49

Hard Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories 0195084993 Book Cover

Hard Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories

John D. MacDonald

$5.99

Slam the Big Door 0892961902 Book Cover

Slam the Big Door

John D. MacDonald

$4.49 - $21.18

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