The Beach Girls

The Beach Girls

by John D. MacDonald

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Leo Rice seems like a nice enough guy, but why does he have to choose their beach? He could head ten miles up the Florida strip and everyone could just live happily ever after - no questions asked.

But Leo Rice does ask questions ... and suddenly Stebbins' Marina, an oasis of easy living, hard drinking and free love for its residents, is in jeopardy. And in less than a month, their paradise will be interrupted by twisted emotions, buried hatred - and brutal murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781471911538
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 06/14/2014
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 309,939
File size: 279 KB

About the Author

John D. MacDonald was born in Pennsylvania and married Dorothy Prentiss in 1937, graduating from Syracuse University the following year and receiving an MBA from Harvard in 1939. It was Dorothy who was responsible for the publication of his first work, when she submitted a short story that he had sent home while on military service. It was initially rejected by Esquire but went on to be published by Story magazine - and so began MacDonald's writing career. One of the best-loved and most successful of all the masters of hard-boiled crime and suspense, John D. Macdonald was producing brilliant fiction long after many of his contemporaries had been forgotten, and is still highly regarded today. THE EXECUTIONERS, possibly the best known of his non-series novels, was filmed as Cape Fear in 1962 and 1991, but many of the crime thrillers he produced between 1953 and 1964 are considered masterpieces, and he drew praise from such literary greats as Kurt Vonnegut and Stephen King, who declared him to be 'the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller'. His novels are often set in his adopted home of Florida, including those featuring his famous series character Travis McGee, which appeared between 1964 and 1985. He served as president of the Mystery Writers of America and in 1972 was elected a Grand Master, an honour granted only to the greatest crime writers of their generation, including Ross MacDonald, John Le Carré and P. D. James. He won many awards throughout his long career, and was the only mystery writer ever to win the National Book Award, for THE GREEN RIPPER.

Date of Birth:

July 24, 1916

Date of Death:

December 28, 1986

Place of Birth:

Sharon, PA

Place of Death:

Milwaukee, WI


Syracuse University 1938; M.B. A. Harvard University, 1939

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datrappert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of MacDonald's books where he lets several of the characters have their own chapters told in the first person, before finishing up with three third-person chapters. Since he is omniscient about people's motivations, their foibles, and their innermost natures, he is able to do this....Of course, I'm being cynical here, but MacDonald is about the most confident writer I have ever seen at stepping into different personalities - even if his view of the relationship between men and women would have been perfectly suitable if he were writing about Neanderthals. You can't help but be carried along. This one has brawls, some pretty effective low comedy, a touching love story (he even brought tears to my eyes at one point!), an effective climax, and ties things up for us at the end in a nice gift box. And all of this in 157 pages. Too bad he isn't around to teach writing to our contemporary writers, who are doing their utmost to kill the art of reading, by not even getting their story started good until page 157!