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Books by John D. MacDonald (The Trap of Solid Gold article)

List compiled by Steve Scott; Table designed & created by J.J. Walters                                                                                                                                                                            Printable PDF

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BOOK TITLE

PUB DATE

PUBLISHER

FORMAT

PRICE

COVER ARTIST

TOSG LINK(S)

NOTES

1

The Brass Cupcake

Oct 1950

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

25¢

Barye Phillips

The Brass Cupcake

US hardcover published by Tess Press (1978); UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1974).

2

Murder for the Bride

June 1951

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

25¢

Barye Phillips

Murder for the Bride

One of the rarest JDM first editions.
UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1977).

3

Wine of the Dreamers

Sep 1951

Greenberg

Hardcover

$2.75

Unknown

Wine of the Dreamers

First sci-fi book. Originally published in the May 1950 issue of Startling Stories. Paperback published in May 1953, under the title Planet of the Dreamers.

4

Judge Me Not

Oct 1951

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

25¢

Barye Phillips

Judge Me Not

UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1999).

5

Weep for Me

Dec 1951

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

25¢

Kemper

Weep For Me; Weep For Me (2)

Only one reprint (1959). Limited edition hardcover published in 2003 by Robert Hale Ltd. (UK).

6

The Damned

May 1952

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

25¢

Unknown

The Damned

Highest selling JDM book (as of 1988): 2.3 million copies over 19 separate printings since 1952, all of them paperback. UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (2005).

7

Ballroom of the Skies

Dec 1952

Greenberg

Hardcover

$2.75

Unknown

Ballroom of the Skies

Second sci-fi book. First paperback edition released in 1968.

8

Dead Low Tide

Apr 1953

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

25¢

Barye Phillips

Dead Low Tide

First JDM paperback original to receive notice from book critics. UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1976).

9

Cancel All Our Vows

May 1953

Appleton-Century-Crofts

Hardcover

$3.50

John O'Hara Cosgrove

Cancel All Our Vows

First “morality novel”. First non-science fiction hardcover. One of the rarest JDM first editions.

10

The Neon Jungle

Aug 1953

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

25¢

James Meese

The Neon Jungle


11

Area of Suspicion

Feb 1954

Dell First Edition

Paperback

25¢

Stanley Borack

Area of Suspicion

First Dell First Edition book. First “business” novel. Originally serialized in Collier’s in 1952 as “My Brother’s Widow”. UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1956).

12

All These Condemned

Aug 1954

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

25¢

John McDermott

All These Condemned

Rare JDM whodunit story. UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (2001).

13

Contrary Pleasure

Sep 1954

Appleton-Century-Crofts

Hardcover

$3.50

David Soshensky

Contrary Pleasure

JDM’s second attempt at mainstream acceptance (following Cancel All Our Vows). First great “business” novel.

14

A Bullet for Cinderella

July 1955

Dell First Edition

Paperback

25¢

George Gross

A Bullet for Cinderella

Second edition (1960) printed with JDM’s original title On the Make. UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1960).

15

Cry Hard, Cry Fast

July 1955

Popular Library

Paperback

25¢

Ray Johnson

Cry Hard, Cry Fast

First Popular Library publication (189,000 copies in two print runs). Adapted for TV in a two-part episode of Run For Your Life (1967).

16

April Evil

Dec 1955

Dell First Edition

Paperback

25¢

Robert Maguire

April Evil

Publication coincided with a condensed version that appeared in the Jan. 1956 issue of Cosmopolitan. UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1957).

17

You Live Once

Mar 1956

Popular Library

Paperback

25¢

Unknown

You Live Once

Second whodunit story. Second edition published under original title You Kill Me. UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1976).

18

Border Town Girl

June 1956

Popular Library

Paperback

25¢

Unknown

Border Town Girl; Linda

Anthology containing two novellas. BTG originally appeared in the July 1950 issue of Dime Detective as “Five-Star Fugitive”; “Linda” was never published previously. “Linda” had two made-for-television movies made (1973 and 1993). UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd.(1970).

19

Murder in the Wind

Aug 1956

Dell First Edition

Paperback

25¢

George Gross

Murder in the Wind; Hurricane

Published simultaneously in abridged form in the Aug. 1956 issue of Redbook (titled “Hurricane”). British hardcover edition also called Hurricane. 200,000 first print run.

20

Death Trap

Feb 1957

Dell First Edition

Paperback

25¢

Victor Kalin

Death Trap

Published simultaneously in abridged form in the Jan. 1957 issue of Cosmopolitan (titled “The End of Her Life”). UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1958).

21

The Price of Murder

Oct 1957

Dell First Edition

Paperback

25¢

Victor Kalin

The Price of Murder

Originally released in condensed form in the April 1957 issue of Cosmopolitan (under JDM’s original title “The Heat of Money”). UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1958).

22

The Empty Trap

Dec 1957

Popular Library

Paperback

25¢

Unknown

The Empty Trap

Smallest first print run of any JDM paperback ever, with only 72,000 copies printed. UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (2000).

23

A Man of Affairs

Dec 1957

Dell First Edition

Paperback

35¢

Victor Kalin

A Man of Affairs

First in a trilogy of “business” novels featuring corporate execs, followed by The Deceivers and Clemmie. UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1959).

24

The Executioners

Apr 1958

Simon and Schuster

Hardcover

$3.50

H. Lawrence Hoffman

The Executioners

Filmed twice as Cape Fear (1962, 1991).

25

The Deceivers

May 1958

Dell First Edition

Paperback

35¢

Mitchell Hooks

The Deceivers

Second great adultery novel (following Cancel All Our Vows). Published simultaneously in abridged form in the May 1958 issue of Redbook (as “The Faithless”). UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1968).

26

Clemmie

July 1958

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

35¢

Barye Phillips

Clemmie

UK hardcover published by Robert Hale
Ltd. (2006).

27

Soft Touch

Aug 1958

Dell First Edition

Paperback

35¢

Victor Kalin

Soft Touch

UK hardcover published by Robert Hale
Ltd. (1960).

28

Please Write for Details

Mar 1959

Simon and Schuster

Hardcover

$3.95

William Plummer

Please Write for Details

29

Deadly Welcome

Mar 1959

Dell First Edition

Paperback

35¢

Robert McGinnis

Deadly Welcome

UK hardcover published by Robert Hale
Ltd. (1961).

30

The Crossroads

July 1959

Simon and Schuster

Hardcover

$2.95

H. Lawrence Hoffman



31

The Beach Girls

Sep 1959

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

35¢

Milton Charles



--

The Lethal Sex (editor only)

Dec 1959

Dell First Edition

Paperback

35¢

Robert McGinnis

The Lethal Sex

One of only three JDM books to not have an eBook release (including Other Times, Other Worlds and Two).

32

Slam the Big Door

Feb 1960

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

35¢

Milton Charles



US hardcover published by Mysterious Press (1987); UK hardcover published by Robert Hale
Ltd. (1961).

33

The Only Girl in the Game

July 1960

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

35¢

Barye Phillips



34

The End of the Night

Aug 1960

Simon and Schuster

Hardcover

$3.50

Tony Palladino



35

Where Is Janice Gantry?

Feb 1961

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

35¢

Unknown



UK hardcover published by Robert Hale
Ltd. (1963).

36

One Monday We Killed Them All

Dec 1961

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

35¢

Bill Johnson



UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1963).

37

A Key to the Suite

Mar 1962

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

35¢

Unknown



US hardcover published by Mysterious Press (1989); UK hardcover published by Robert Hale
Ltd. (1968).

38

A Flash of Green

May 1962

Simon and Schuster

Hardcover

$5.50

Paul Bacon


PBS television movie (1986).

39

The Girl, The Gold Watch & Everything

Dec 1962

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

35¢

Photo


Third sci-fi book. Television movie starring Robert Hays and Pam Dawber (1980).

40

I Could Go On Singing

Mar 1963

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

40¢

Photo



41

On the Run

Apr 1963

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

40¢

Robert McGinnis



42

The Drowner

May 1963

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

40¢

Stanley Zuckerberg



UK hardcover published by Robert Hale
Ltd. (1964).

43

The Deep Blue Good-By TM

May 1964

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

40¢

Ron Lesser ^


First Travis McGee book. US hardcover published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. (1975); UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1965).

44

Nightmare in Pink TM

May 1964

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

40¢

Ron Lesser ^



US hardcover published by
J.B. Lippincott & Co. (1976); UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1966).

45

A Purple Place for Dying TM

June 1964

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

40¢

Ron Lesser ^



US hardcover published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. (1976).

46

The Quick Red Fox TM

Oct 1964

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

40¢

Ron Lesser ^



US hardcover published by Mysterious Book Club (1964) & J.B. Lippincott & Co. (1974).

47

The House Guests *

Jan 1965

Doubleday

Hardcover

$3.95

Photo


"...true story of two cats and a goose and their adventures with the MacDonald family."

48

A Deadly Shade of Gold TM

Feb 1965

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

50¢

Ron Lesser ^



US hardcover published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. (1974).

49

Bright Orange for the Shroud TM

Sep 1965

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

50¢

Ron Lesser ^



US hardcover published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. (1972); UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd.(1967).

50

Darker Than Amber TM

June 1966

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

50¢

Ron Lesser ^


Theatrical film starring Rod Taylor as Travis McGee (1970). US hardcover published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. (1970); UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1968).

51

End of the Tiger and Other Stories 1

Aug 1966

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

50¢

Unknown


Collection of JDM's best mainstream slick magazine short stories (and one pulp story).

52

One Fearful Yellow Eye TM

Jan 1967

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

50¢

Ron Lesser ^



US hardcover published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. (1977).

53

The Last One Left

Jan 1967

Doubleday

Hardcover

$4.95

Patricia Saville



--

Three for McGee

1967

Doubleday

Hardcover

 

Unknown

 

Travis McGee omnibus. First hardcover release of The Deep Blue Good-by, Nightmare in Pink and A Purple Place for Dying (the first three TM books).

54

Pale Gray for Guilt TM

Feb 1968

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

50¢

Ron Lesser ^



US hardcover published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. (1971).

55

No Deadly Drug *

Aug 1968

Doubleday

Hardcover

$7.95

Patricia Saville


Covers the murder trial of Dr. Carl  Coppolino who was defended by a young F. Lee Bailey.

56

The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper TM

Jan 1969

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

75¢

Ron Lesser ^



US hardcover published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. (1973).

57

Dress Her in Indigo TM

Sep 1969

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

75¢

Robert McGinnis ^



US hardcover published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. (1971); UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1971).

58

The Long Lavender Look TM

Oct 1970

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

95¢

Robert McGinnis ^



US hardcover published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. (1972); UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1970).

59

S*E*V*E*N 2

May 1971

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

75¢

Photo


Short story collection.

60

A Tan and Sandy Silence TM

Jan 1972

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

95¢

Robert McGinnis



US hardcover published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. (1971); UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1973).

61

The Scarlet Ruse TM

Jan 1973

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

$1.25

Unknown



US hardcover published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. (1980); UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1975).

62

The Turquoise Lament TM

Nov 1973

Lippincott

Hardcover

$6.95

John McDermott


First Travis McGee hardcover first edition (all previous first edition TM’s were paperback originals). UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1975).

63

The Dreadful Lemon Sky TM

Feb 1975

Lippincott

Hardcover

$6.95

Don Bender



64

Condominium

Mar 1977

Lippincott

Hardcover

$10.00

Don Bender


Television movie (1980). UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1977).

65

The Empty Copper Sea TM

Sep 1978

Lippincott

Hardcover

$8.95

Don Bender


Television movie starring Sam Elliot as Travis McGee (1983). UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1979).

66

Other Times, Other Worlds 3

Oct 1978

Fawcett Gold Medal

Paperback

$1.95

Unknown


Sci-fi short story collection. One of only three JDM books to not have an eBook release (including The Lethal Sex and Two).

67

The Green Ripper TM

Sep 1979

Lippincott

Hardcover

$9.95

Don Brautigan


1980 U.S. National Book Award (Mystery) winner. UK hardcover published by Robert Hale Ltd. (1980).

--

Time and Tomorrow

1980

Doubleday

Hardcover


Unknown


Sci-fi omnibus (Wine of the Dreamers, Ballroom of the Skies and The Girl, The Gold Watch, & Everything).

68

Free Fall in Crimson TM

Apr 1981

Harper & Row

Hardcover

$10.95

Don Brautigan



69

Nothing Can Go Wrong *

Oct 1981

Harper & Row

Hardcover

$15.95

Myers & Noftsinger


Co-written with Capt. John H. Kilpack. Story of the last long cruise of one of the last American steamboat passenger ships, the SS Mariposa.

70

Cinnamon Skin TM

June 1982

Harper & Row

Hardcover

$13.95

John Weiman



71

The Good Old Stuff 4

Sep 1982

Harper & Row

Hardcover

$14.95

One + One Studio


Collection of early pulp stories.

72

Two

1983

Carroll & Graf

Paperback

$2.50

Unknown

Long Shot; Jail Bait

Two short stories (91 pages of large print). One of only three JDM books to not have an eBook release (including The Lethal Sex and Other Times, Other Worlds).

73

One More Sunday

Mar 1984

Knopf

Hardcover

$15.95

Paul Bacon



UK hardcover published by Hodder & Stoughton (1984).

74

More Good Old Stuff 5

Aug 1984

Knopf

Hardcover

$15.95

Paul Bacon


Collection of early pulp stories.

75

The Lonely Silver Rain TM

Mar 1985

Knopf

Hardcover

$15.95

Paul Bacon


Last Travis McGee book. UK hardcover published by Hodder & Stoughton (1985).

76

Barrier Island

June 1986

Knopf

Hardcover

$16.95

Paul Bacon


Last novel published.

77

A Friendship: The letters of Dan Rowan and John D. MacDonald - 1967-1974 *

Dec 1986

Knopf

Hardcover

$18.95

William Bramhall



78

Reading for Survival *

Jan 1987

Library of Congress

Paperback

$15.00

Adrianne Onderdonk


Posthumously published essay issued as part of a program sponsored by the Library of Congress Center For The Book. Structured in the form of a conversation between Travis McGee and Meyer.

TM Travis McGee Book | * Non-Fiction Book | ^ Travis McGee sketch by John McDermott


Collection Stories:

1 "Hangover"; "The Big Blue"; "End of the Tiger"; "The Trouble with Erica"; "Long Shot"; "Looie Follows Me"; "Blurred View"; "The Loveliest Girl in the World”; "Triangle"; "The Bear Trap"; "A Romantic Courtesy"; "Fast Loose Money"; "The Straw Witch"; "TheTrap of Solid Gold"; "Afternoon of the Hero"

2 "The Random Noise of Love"; "Dear Old Friend"; "The Willow Pool"; "Quarrel"; "Woodchuck"; "Double Hannenframmis"; "The Annex"

3 "The Mechanical Answer"; "Dance of a New World"; "Ring Around the Redhead"; "A Child is Crying"; "Flaw"; "But Not to Dream"; "The Miniature"; "Spectator Sport"; "Half-Past Eternity"; "The Big Contest"; "Susceptibility"; "Common Denominator"; "Game for Blondes"; "Labor Supply"; "The Legend of Joe Lee"; "The Annex"

4 "Murder for Money"; "Death Writes the Answer"; "Miranda"; "They Let Me Live"; "Breathe No More"; "From Some Hidden Grave"; "A Time for Dying"; "Noose for a Tigress"; "Murder in Mind"; "Check Out at Dawn"; "She Cannot Die"; "Dead On the Pin"; "A Trap for the Careless"

5 "Deadly Damsel"; "State Police Report That..."; "Death for Sale"; "A Corpse in His Dreams"; "I Accuse Myself"; "A Place to Live"; "Neighborly Interest"; "The Night is Over"; "Secret Stain"; "Even Up the Odds"; "Verdict"; "The High Gray Walls of Hate"; "Unmarried Widow"; "You Remember Jeanie"


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