Reading fiction for sanity…

23 Mar

In a world gone wacky, one thing that keeps me grounded is great fiction by the likes of writers like John D. MacDonald. He was a virtuoso of prose, plotting, suspense, and writerly professionalism. The WordPress spellchecker says that “writerly” isn’t a word but what the hell. I think you know what I mean.

The two novellas in this book, BORDER TOWN GIRL and LINDA, are well worth reading.

The cover is by the great Robert McGinnis, who is still doing covers for publishers like Hard Case Crime.

You can readily find cheap used paperback editions of this on Amazon.


Yes, a good book and a cup of coffee enjoyed al fresco help maintain the sanity…

I haven’t been blogging much lately so I’m going to do a series of short posts like this to get myself back into it. Check back again soon to see what I’m up to next.  Even if it’s just putting up a picture with a few lines, it’ll get me going.





Posted by on March 23, 2017 in, Pulp fiction art


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2 responses to “Reading fiction for sanity…

  1. Rincewind

    March 26, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I honestly don’t know this author but will amend that..

  2. irvoneil

    March 26, 2017 at 10:19 am

    You are in for a major treat. MacDonald is one of the best mid-20th century American suspense writers, but his books go beyond the entertainment of the moment and linger in the mind. This dual novella collection is a good place to start, but you can find many of his paperbacks on Amazon and in ebooks too. APRIL EVIL is one of very best, an incredible crime story.


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