The Red Hot Typewriter: The Life and Times of John D. MacDonald by Hugh MerrillThe Red Hot Typewriter: The Life and Times of John D. MacDonald by Hugh Merrill

The Red Hot Typewriter: The Life and Times of John D. MacDonald

byHugh MerrillIntroduction byCalvin Branche

Paperback | August 29, 2016

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“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 get serious consideration from critics. Sixty-six of his novels and more than four hundred of his short stories were published in his lifetime. When he died in 1986, more than seventy million of his books had been sold.

“But it was not just sales figures that made MacDonald important. London Times critic H. R. F. Keating selected his 1979 novel, The Green Ripper, as one of the one hundred best mysteries of all time. That same novel won him the American Book Award for the best mystery of the year. His books were translated into at least eighteen languages.  Eight of his novels were made into motion pictures, including The Executioners, which became the critically acclaimed Cape Fear.”

—from Chapter One of The Red Hot Typewriter


Utilizing the author’s many letters and articles, Hugh Merrill brings to life John D. MacDonald, the man, creating a new understanding of his inspirations and motivations; his causes and concerns; his loves and losses. From The Brass Cupcake to Travis McGee, MacDonald’s books are also explored, offering a new source of inspiration to readers everywhere to rediscover what author Ed Gorman calls “some of the best crime novels of his generation.” This is the story of one of crime fiction's most original and bestselling writers.

Title:The Red Hot Typewriter: The Life and Times of John D. MacDonaldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:242 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.51 inPublished:August 29, 2016Publisher:Stark House PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1944520031

ISBN - 13:9781944520038


Editorial Reviews

"The text is peppered with quotes from MacDonald on the subjects he cared most about: the environment and how to make money from the writing game. For anyone interested in the history of publishing in the paperback era, the life of John D. MacDonald is the ultimate primary source." -Bill Ott, Booklist"For potential and actual MacDonald fans, a worthwhile read. It will interest many others, too, who can learn about a revolutionary period in publishing through the eventful career of John D. MacDonald."-Kirkus Reviews"For now, it is the single most complete story of the man's life and, as such, belongs in every MacDonald fan's library."-Steve Scott, The Trap of Solid Gold