John D MacDonald Books in Order
Name: John Dann MacDonald
Born: 24 July, 1916
Place of birth: Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA
First book: The Brass Cupcake
Previous employment: soldier
Fun fact #1: John got into writing accidentally – his wife mailed one of his stories to Story magazine, which paid $25 for it.
Fun fact #2: Lee Child has stated that the taller-than-average, justice-seeking Travis McGee character and stories were one of the inspirations for his Jack Reacher books.
Awards (not an exhaustive list):
- Grandmaster of the Mystery Writers of America
- U.S. National Book Award
John D MacDonald Book List & Suggested Book Order
John D MacDonald and Lee Child
Lee Child talks about how he discovered John’s books and his Travis McGee series, and how impressed he was with the series. He discusses what he likes about the character of Travis and what makes him such a great hero.
John D MacDonald Biography
John D. MacDonald was born on the 24th of July in 1916, which was a Monday. For those readers interested in all things astrological, that makes him a Leo, which is one of the Fire signs.
John was born in Sharon, a small place of around 14,000 people, in Pennsylvania, which is a state on the Eastern side of the United States of America, separated from the Atlantic Ocean by New Jersey. Though John was born in Sharon, he grew up in New York State after his family moved to Utica, a city of around 63,000 people. The move, which came in 1926, was down to his father, Eugene, accepting a position at the Savage Arms Corporation, a firearms manufacturing company.
After high school, John enrolled at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which is a private Ivy League university located in Philadelphia. However, he quit during his sophomore year, but later decided to further his education by attending Syracuse University, a college with around 22,000 students in Syracuse, New York State.
While at Syracuse University, he met fellow student Dorothy Prentiss who he married in secret in 1937. However, in 1938, he made it public, by having a ceremony in Poland…
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If you love John D. MacDonald’s books you need the most comprehensive book list available, which includes a check list, alternative titles, page counts, movie adaptations, co-authors, star ratings, and a host of other features, plus:
- Travis McGee series in order
- a complete list of short stories, standalone novels & nonfiction
Why Read the John D MacDonald Travis McGee Series in Order?
Born over 100 years ago in Pennsylvania, USA, John D MacDonald created the hero Travis McGee who has inspired countless lone, dark heroes to appear in print and on the screen. Travis takes the lead role in 21 books across the series, yet John still found the time to pen more than double that number of standalone novels (46 in total), plus a healthy offering of short stores and nonfiction.
This John D MacDonald book list not only gives all the John D MacDonald books in chronological order, but lets you see the characters develop and witness events at the correct time, just as John intended.
So, if you've ever wanted the Travis McGee novels in order, here they are.