My name is Steve Scott and I've been a reader of the works of author John D MacDonald for over 35 years. In 1981 I had the privilege of assisting Walter and Jean Shine by doing research for a second edition of their definitive Bibliography of MacDonald's novels and short stories. John was an incredibly prolific author of primarily crime and mystery fiction and, between 1946 and 1986, published nearly 400 stories and over 65 novels. I hope to use this blog to share some of my knowledge, opinions, information and artwork from an old and dusty collection of JDM stuff.
"A novelist of the highest professionalism and a social critic armed with vigorous opinions stingingly expressed. His prose had energy, wit and bite, his plots were humdingers, his characters talked like real people, and his knowledge of the contemporary world was -- no other word will do -- breathtaking."
- Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post.
"This was a writer who brought the skills and concerns of a John O'Hara to a form thought to be lowly -- and did so, most frequently in that form's lowliest home, the paperback original, the successor to the pulp magazines where he got his start."
- Max Allan Collins
"The great entertainer of our age."
- Stephen King
"He hung around quite a while, entertained the folk, and was stopped quick and clean when the right time came."
- John D MacDonald's suggestion for his own epitaph.
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