Hit and run by john d macdonald
On the Run by John D. MacDonaldI love fun, happy-go-lucky stories of any kind. Despite that, one of my top three favorite authors is the consistently morose MacDonald. This book well fits the MacDonald run of nearly 80 books.
I believe this is my second time reading this book, though I have no memory of this story at all. If I read it , it was about 30 years ago.
On the Run is a tragic story of people dying, being hunted toward death, sadistic hitmen, etc, etc. Happy people are not to be found in this book. Not unusual in a MacDonald tale. So, if youre days are sad and gloomy, MacDonalds books may not be the best to pick up.
The writing is typical MacDonald: Strong and blunt. Though, in this case he seems to be writing in the short form. The interaction between the male and female, seems to me, to be way too fast. The female is described as one who might rush in, which is likely MacDonalds reasoning. Still, she seemed too desperate. This part of the story well mirrors the book I read before this, On Her Majestys Secret Service where Bond seems to also fall far too fast for a lady. Not only does it makes the person falling in love unstable, it makes the other characters seem the same for accepting the romance.
An exceptional part of the book is MacDonalds ability to separate the voice of the characters. Dialogue through out is outstanding. The plot is linear and as the pages dwindle, you know all are about to converge. How they converge is a savvy writing and unexpected.
I plan to read more MacDonald this year that would have been his 100th birthday.
Bottom line: I recommend this book. 7 out of ten points.
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HIT AND RUN
John Dann MacDonald July 24, — December 28, was an American writer of novels and short stories, known for his thrillers. MacDonald was a prolific author of crime and suspense novels, many of them set in his adopted home of Florida. One of the most successful American novelists of his time, MacDonald sold an estimated 70 million books in his career. In , the Mystery Writers of America bestowed upon MacDonald its very highest honor, the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement and consistent quality. When the U. The family relocated to Utica, New York in , with his father becoming treasurer of the Utica office of Savage Arms.
MacDonald, tha Flight of the Tiger by John D. MacDonaldIllustrated with the original illustrations. After Ben Morrow was shot down in the last week of Korean fighting, his self-confidence was shaken; he felt he could never fly again. Months later, Ben was sent back A hurricane of terrifying intensity is looming over Florida.
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Post a Comment. Friday, March 12, "Hit and Run" For a guy who published around works of short fiction during his career, John D MacDonald repeated himself fairly infrequently.
But he was more, much more than that. He was one of the most successful authors of his time, and he continued to regularly appear on the bestseller lists well into the eighties. He even produced some notable non-fiction, particularly No Deadly Drug , a true crime book, and The House Guests , a cat's eye view of the world. While stationed in the Far East, to amuse himself he wrote a short story, and sent it to his wife. His wife loved it, and supposedly without MacDonald's permission, submitted it to the prestigious slick, Story , where it was accepted. Inspired by this success, MacDonald decided to become a writer, and upon his return Stateside, he wrote hundreds of stories, mostly for the pulps.