A Bullet for Cinderella, 1955
in a 1967 Fawcett Gold Medal pocket book
This was the first novel i
read by John D. MacDonald (1916-1986) one
of the masters of crime fiction.
And i loved it and wanted more.
Why it took me so long to start reading his books ?
There are a lot of MacDonalds around in the world of
crime fiction, i may've confused him with Kenneth
Millar who early on wrote under the the pseudonym John Macdonald and later
changed to Ross Macdonald,
yes, the man behind the great Californian PD Lew Archer series and i've
read a lot of the Archer books.
But maybe Ross doesn't belong to the hard-boiled pulp fiction genre as
Lew Archer is a too nice a guy,
very empathic to be a private detective. There's also yet another MacDonald
writing crime fiction in Philip
MacDonald, who wrote the great suspense thriller The List of Adrian Messenger
As Ross Macdonald, who started
writing just after WW2 just as John D. MacDonald, wrote about southern
California and the changing landscape due to the ruthless exploitation
of land by property developers, John D.,
as a background to his plots, became the Master of describing the same
exploitation of attractive coastal land
in Florida, the mass-immigration of residents to these for northerners
warm and alluring states.
California Ross became an inspiration for Sue Grafton's modern PD books
and Florida John D. for the very
much environmentally engaged comedy-crime writer Carl Hiaasen.
John D. MacDonald has got some beautiful descriptions of the Florida nature,
the swamps, the beaches and
some passages seem to have inspired an Louisiana author like James Lee
Burke and his Dave Robichaux
series, not that strange as JDM is an author for the authors.