Question: "Is there a novel you go back to again and again? If so, why? What does it teach you?"
King: "I go back to the John D. MacDonald novels from the fifties, like The End of the Night and One Monday We Killed Them All. Great stories. The Travis McGee books are small beer compared to the stand-alones (the greatest is The Last One Left); the stand-alones are real American literature -- rough, sure, but so's Thomas Wolfe. These books taught me how to write stories."
--from The Secret Miracle: The Novelist's Handbook (2010) Edited by Daniel Alarcón
(Interestingly, the three titles King cites were all written in the sixties, not the fifties.)