Thursday, August 13, 2009

Travis McGee revisited

There was a short period where the National Book Awards covered genre writing. In 1980, the mystery award went to John D. MacDonald's latest Travis McGee novel. Author Glen David Gold writes a wonderful appreciation of MacDonald on the book awards website.

GDG: The plots are happily serpentine, the attitude engagingly hardboiled, but what brings the reader back is McGee's increasingly involved -- and heartbroken -- asides about the state of humanity. These books aren't just mysteries, they're investigations into the soul... More.

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