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The Red Hot Typewriter

The Red Hot Typewriter

The Life and Times of John D. MacDonald

Hugh Merrill

Minotaur Books




Although John D. MacDonald published seventy novels and more than five hundred short stories in his lifetime, he is remembered best for his Travis McGee series. He introduced McGee in 1964 with The Deep Blue Goodbye. With Travis McGee, MacDonald changed the pattern of the hardboiled private detectives who preceeded him. McGee has a social conscience, holds thoughtful conversations with his retired economist buddy Meyer, and worries about corporate greed, racism and the Florida ecolgoy in a long series whose brand recognition for the series the author cleverly advanced by inserting a color in every title. Merrill carefully builds a picture of a man who in unexpected ways epitomized the Horatio Alger sagas that comprised his strict father's secular bible. From a financially struggling childhood and a succession of drab nine-to-five occupations, MacDonald settled down to writing for a living (a lifestyle that would have horrified his father). He worked very hard and was rewarded with a more than decent livelihood. But unlike Alger's heroes, MacDonald had a lot of fun doing it.

Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee, Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee


The Red Hot Typewriter

From the 1950s through the 1980s, John Dann MacDonald was one of the most popular and prolific writers in America. He was a crime writer who managed to break free of the genre and finally...


Praise for The Red Hot Typewriter

"This short biography by the late Merrill (d. 2015), first published in 2000, is the perfect introduction to author John Dann MacDonald (1916–1986) ... Ample quotations from MacDonald's letters, articles, and other nonfiction convey his hard-edged, no-nonsense voice." - Publishers Weekly

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About the author

Hugh Merrill

Hugh Merrill lives in Pensacola, Florida.

Hugh Merrill

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