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Deadly Welcome - JD Macdonald
1961 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hale, London
A VG+ book in VG indeed unclipped dustwrapper
The book shows no names or inscriptions etc
Clean contents and cloth
The jacket shows just minor wear to extremities and shall chips to spine ends
Very rare, the only copy in jacket we have seen
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Dead Low Tide
1976 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hale, London
A near fine book in near fine unclipped dust wrapper
The book shows no names or inscriptions etc
The jacket shows no loss or tears
A lovely clean copy
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Where is Janice Gantry ?
1961 US softcover true first edition, first impression, Gold Medal, America
A VG book, tight and square, clean and bright
The book shows no names or inscriptions etc
The covers have just a little rubbing
The true 1st edition and a nice copy, especially given the fragile nature of paperbacks
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Dead Low Tide - Ex Library
1976 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hale, London
A former public library copy in price clipped dust jacket
The book shows stamps etc and all the usual signs of ex library use
No endpaper, lean etc
A bargain reading copy only
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The Deceivers
1958 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hale, London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dustwrapper
The book shows no names or inscriptions etc
Clean contents and cloth
The jacket only minor rubs to edges , no loss
A nice copy
A rare book in jacket
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The Dreadful Lemon Sky
1976 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hale, London
A near fine book in near fine unclipped dustwrapper
The book shows no names or inscriptions etc
Clean contents and cloth
The jacket shows no loss or tears
A nice clean copy
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The Empty Trap
1976 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Robert Hale, London
A fine unread book in fine unclipped dust wrapper
The book shows no names or inscriptions etc
The jacket shows no loss or tears
A lovely as new copy, very small print run of only 400 copies
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Dress Her in Indigo - John D Macdonald
1971 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hale, London
A VG++ book in VG++ unclipped dust wrapper
The book shows no names or inscriptions etc
Tight and square, clean contents and cloth
The jacket shows no loss , minor rubs to tips
A Travis McGee thriller
A lovely clean copy and as ever with Hale very scarce in jacket
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One Monday We Killed Them All - John D Macdonald
1963 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hale, London
A VG+ to near fine book in VG+ unclipped dust jacket
The book shows no names or inscriptions etc
Tight, square, clean contents and cloth
The jacket shows minor rubs to extremities
Very scarce in jacket and a nice clean copy
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The Executioners
1959 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Robert Hale, London
A VG book in VG unclipped dust jacket
The book shows no names or inscriptions etc
Foxing to edges and prelims
The wrapper shows some minor chipping and some edge wear rubbing
The basis of the film Cape Fear
A scarce title offered well below the market price
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Paperbacks - Bargain Reading Copies

The Crossroads - John D Macdonald
1965 UK Pan paperback first edition, London
A VG indeed copy
No previous owner names, tight and square
Light edge tan - small number to front panel

None of the three persons who execute the robbery knows all that the other two have in mind. The reader knows more than any of them, but even he can't foresee the final violent explosion - an ending which for some of the Droveks is a new beginning

A clean and tidy copy
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The Galton Case - John D Macdonald
1975 UK Fontana paperback later edition, London
A great copy, appears and feels unread
Solid and clean
Usual light paper tan

The name is Lew Archer.'. .By the time I finished this case I was lucky it wasn't permanently engraved on a stone

A solid example
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The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper written by John D Macdonald
1972 UK Pan first paperback edition, London
A solid reading copy
No previous owner names, tight and square
Some light rubbing and wear

Three times Maureen Pearson had tried to commit suicide. What happened to turn this stunning blonde into a sweet wanton who was slowly losing her mind? McGee wanted to. know the why and wherefore. And the questions came up with some blood-stained answers

A solid book
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The Long Lavendar Look
1977 English Pan paperback later edition, London
Nice solid copy - probably never read
Solid and clean
Usual light paper tan

A hidey-hole of pornographic trash, drug capsules, and polaroid prints of thirteen different nude girls . . . McGee remembered one of the nymphs from that black night- running sea red in his car headlights

A great copy
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The Girl The Gold Watch and Everything - J.D. Macdonald
1962 USA Fawcett paperback , believed true edition, New York
A clean tidy and tight copy
No previous owner names, tight and square
has number P3231 and $1.25 to front cover

Somewhere at this moment Bonny Lee and Kirby are driving someone mad, and enjoying every minute of it. If you have ever had a yeasty yearning for complete freedom and complete immunity, you will covet something those two have.This book will tell you what to look for, and how to use it if you can steal it.

I think this may be the true first edition and a lovely copy, probably unread
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The Empty Copper Sea
1980 English Pan paperback 1st edition, London
Really clean cover and very solid, almost like new !
Solid and clean

Travis McGee responded to no known discipline, and was seldom subjected to any, especially while clearing skipper Van Harder's good name.

A copy that defies its age
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A Tan and Sandy Silence - John D Macdonald
1974 UK Pan paperback first edition, London
A VG indeed copy
No previous owner names, tight and square
Minor crease to front panel

McGee depended on instinct for survival. It had been wrong about Harry Broil not wanting to kill him. Now Mary Broil, an old flame, had disappeared. Wherever she was, Mary must be in trouble. Bad trouble.

A copy that any reader would be happy with
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Bright Orange for a Shroud - John D Macdonald
1987 American Fawcett paperback later edition
A great copy, appears and feels unread
Solid and clean
Clean tidy pages and covers

Wilma used sex as a whip, knowing just how to turn a man on. A girl whd aimed below the belt, she made-ideal bait in a sucker trap that netted $250,000

A solid example of a Travis McGee novel
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Nightmare in Pink - John D Macdonald
1976 British Pan softcover later edition, London
A VG indeed copy
No previous owner names, tight and square
Fade to pink spine

McGee is on the trail of a $20 million swindle

A solid example
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A Purple Place for Dying
1976 English Pan paperback later edition, London
A great copy, appears and feels unread
Solid and clean
Clean tidy pages and covers

A solid example
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Slam the Big Door - John D Macdonald
1967 British Pan softcover 1st edition, London
A VG indeed copy
No previous owner names, tight and square
Light edge wear

A businessman finds himself sex, intrigue, 3 women and death !

A solid example
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The Drowner
1966 English Pan paperback first edition, London
A solid reading copy
Tight, usual light page tan
Minor edge wear

A decent reading copy
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A Deadly Shade of Gold - John D Macdonald
1976 British Pan softcover later edition, London
A particularly nice book
No previous owner names, tight and square

McGee is involved in Aztec gold figures, plenty of sex and violence say the Sydney Herald - and all for £4.50 !

A solid example
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The Beach Girls
American Fawcett paperback later edition, New York
A solid clean book
Tightly bound and straight spine
Clean tidy pages and covers

A solid example
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Barrier Island - John D Macdonald
c1987 USA Fawcett softcover later edition, New York
A solid book
No previous owner names, tight and square
Light rubs

There's nothing money can't buy on the Mississippi coast

A solid example
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Brief Biography
MacDONALD, John D(ann). American. Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania. 24 July 1916. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1934-35; Syracuse University. New York, B.S. 1938; Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, M.B.A. 1939. Served with the United States Army, Office of Strategic Services. 1940-1946: Lieutenant Colonel. Married Dorothy Mary Prentissin 1937; one son. Writer in several genres and under a number of pseudonyms for the pulps and other magazines. President, Mystery Writers of America, 1962. Recipient: Benjamin Franklin Award, for short story, 1955; Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, 1964; Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award, 1972; American Book Award. 1980. D.H.L.: Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, 1978; University of South Florida. Tampa, 1980.

John D Macdonald - The Characters
Travis McGee
Boat burn, lover, and philosopher, disgusted and saddened by all but a handful of people, Travis McGee is deeply concerned with whether or not honest relationships are possible. McGee is also the Simon Templar of the Sixties. He makes his living by recovering stolen property and keeping half the proceeds. Living on his Florida-based boat, the Busted Flush, and assisted by his maverick economist friend, Meyer, McGee goes forth to slay dragons.

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