On the Make (Paperback)
|Author: John D. MacDonald|
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Tal Howard, a disillusioned Korean War veteran, breaks away from his old life, looking for answers. He's convinced he's going to find them in the small town of Hillston, the location of 60 grand in embezzled funds that Howard learned about from a dying friend in a POW camp. He just needs to find out where the money is hidden and contend with another former POW who has come looking for it?Earl Fitzmartin, a psychopath of whom they were all terrified in the camp. Howard soon learns that the secret to the money's location lies in the dead man's past, which must be discovered through the women he knew, such as the respectable Ruth Stamm and the sultry and dangerous Toni Rassele. Now featuring a new biography of John D. MacDonald and an essay exploring the paperback revolution of the mid-20th century, this early novel by a crime writing legend features classic hard-boiled writing, brutal action, tough characters, and a plot in which no one is spared.
Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, John D. MacDonald attended the University of Pennsylvania and Syracuse University, where he graduated with a B.S. in 1938. After graduating from Harvard University with an M.B.A., MacDonald joined the Army in 1940, serving in the O.S.S in the Far East during World War II. His writing career began when his wife, Dorothy Prentiss, submitted a story he had sent home to her from the war to "Story" magazine. Lieutenant Colonel MacDonald's career had begun. After the war, he continued submitting stories of almost every genre to the pulp magazines, but when they began to be phased out in the early '50s, MacDonald began to make the transition toward original paperback novels, becoming one of the first great mystery writers to join the new, post-pulp era. His first thriller, "The Brass Cupcake", appeared in 1950. It wasn't until his 44th novel, "The Deep-Blue Goodbye" (1964), that he introduced his most famous character, the hard-boiled casanova Travis McGee. MacDonald, like his character McGee, is a longtime resident of Florida.
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