John D. MacDonald (1916-1986) was an American author who was best known for crime and suspense novels, including the popular Travis McGee novels. MacDonald is very highly regarded by his fellow authors, including Dean Koontz and Stephen King.

John D. MacDonald’s career as a novelist begun in 1950 with The Brass Cupcake in 1950. From there, he wrote several novels per year and quickly became a very prolific author. By the time of his passing, he had written nearly 100 books and short story collections. Below is a list of John D. MacDonald’s books in order of the books were originally released:

Publication Order of Travis McGee Books


The Deep Blue Good-by(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nightmare in Pink(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Purple Place for Dying(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Quick Red Fox(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Deadly Shade of Gold(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bright Orange for the Shroud(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Darker than Amber(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One Fearful Yellow Eye(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pale Gray for Guilt(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dress Her in Indigo(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Long Lavender Look(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Tan and Sandy Silence(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Scarlet Ruse(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Turquoise Lament(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dreadful Lemon Sky(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Empty Copper Sea(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Green Ripper(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Free Fall in Crimson(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cinnamon Skin(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lonely Silver Rain(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The Brass Cupcake(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ballroom of the Skies(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Weep for Me(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Judge Me Not(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Planet of the Dreamers(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder for the Bride(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Damned(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cancel All Our Vows(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Neon Jungle(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Soft Touch(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Low Tide(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Area of Suspicion(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Contary Pleasure(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
All These Condemned(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Bullet for Cinderella(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cry Hard, Cry Fast(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Border Town Girl(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder in the Wind(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
You Live Once(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
April Evil(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Trap(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Man of Affairs(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Empty Trap(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cape Fear(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Price of Murder(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Deceivers(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Clemmie(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Crossroads(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Please Write for Details(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Beach Girls(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deadly Welcome(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Only Girl in the Game(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Slam the Big Door(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The End of the Night(1960) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One Monday We Killed Them All(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Where is Janice Gantry?(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Flash of Green(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Key to the Suite(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
I Could Go On Singing(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
On the Run(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Drowner(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last One Left(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
No Deadly Drug(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Condominium(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One More Sunday(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Barrier Island(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


The Good Old Stuff(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
End of the Tiger and Other Stories(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seven(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Other Times, Other Worlds(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
More Good Old Stuff(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Quotient and Other Stories(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

If You Like John D. MacDonald Books, You’ll Love…

John D. MacDonald Synopses: The 20th book of the Travis McGee series is Cinnamon Skin, where McGee’s friend Meyer’s boat explodes in the Florida Keys with his niece Norma on it. Is it a coincidence that Norma’s husband Evan wasn’t on the boat at the time of the explosion?

Lonely Silver Rain is the 21st and final book of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series. Travis McGee has never seriously contemplated death until he finds himself in the middle of the international cocaine trade while searching for a friend’s yacht.

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