The end of the night john d macdonald

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the end of the night john d macdonald

The End of the Night by John D. MacDonald

Having recently read Weep for Me (1951), which John D. MacDonald identified as the worst of his early novels, I felt obligated to follow up by reading The End of the Night (1960), which was his favorite of the early books. The End of the Night chronicles the so-called Wolf Pack, three young men and a young woman who go on a cross-country crime spree. Given that JDM thought so highly of The End of the Night, I was expecting a great read. I did not stop to consider that there is a compelling reason for suspecting that JDM may not have been the best judge of his own work. To wit: Many readers, myself among them, find that JDM’s novels are aging poorly because of his habit of interjecting sociological lectures into his narratives, and these are precisely the sections of his books that JDM liked the best. Therefore, I should not have been surprised to find that The End of the Night is dominated by a pair of pretentious first-person narrators, both of whom are more interested in understanding the world than telling a story. Of course, this is not to say that noir fiction cannot be a vehicle for understanding the world—in fact, this is what distinguishes much of the best noir. But when JDM indulges his love of pontification, he fails to recognize that a well-told story can be not just a sufficient but a superior way of deepening readers’ understanding of the world.
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A Bullet for Cinderella by John D. MacDonald

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John D. MacDonald

The End of the Night

Ed Gorman continues to convalesce at home. Our best wishes go out to him for a quick recovery. MacDonald Standalone Novels. Dead Low Tide 2. Soft Touch 3. Deadly Welcome 4. Murder in the Wind 5.

Seller Rating:. About this Item: Fawcett. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included.

The books occupy an entire shelf of the library in my parents' basement -- dozens of yellowed, flaking paperbacks, some more than a half-century old, and so fragile that I often feel I should don white cotton gloves before presuming to pick any of them up. Their covers invariably depict statuesque women looking either seductive or vulnerable but always in some form of dishabille. Each book sells itself: the rugged titles and the cover copy "A ruthless collision of driving passions" runs a typical example promise a world of pervasive danger, while at the same time the sultry cover girls suggest why that danger might be a risk worth taking. These are the collected works of John D. MacDonald , the titan of the mystery-suspense field who hammered out more than 60 novels and short stories in a year career that took him from the lowliest rags of the late pulp era Dime Detective to the New York Times bestseller list.

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John D. MacDonald — is most famous for his phenomenally popular Travis McGee novels about the adventures of a tough, cynical, philosophical knight-errant living on a houseboat, The Busted Flush , in Fort Lauderdale. He spent the later years of his life in Florida with his wife and son, and died in My impression of him was that he was neither humble nor arrogant. He told me once that he sometimes judged his books by percentages. He was generally kind to other writers, notably Charles Williams, whom he mentioned in two different interviews. He seemed to feel, as do I, that Williams should have broken out.


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