A Bullet For Cinderella [NOOK Book]

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Her veneer was big city--but one look and you knew that Toni Rassell's instincts were straight out of the river shack she came from. I watched her as she toyed with the man, laughing, her tumbled hair like raw blue-black silk, her brown shoulders bare. Eyes deep-set, a girl with a gypsy look. So this was the girl I had risked my life to find. This was the girl who was going to lead me to a buried fortune in stolen loot.
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A Bullet For Cinderella

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Overview

Her veneer was big city--but one look and you knew that Toni Rassell's instincts were straight out of the river shack she came from. I watched her as she toyed with the man, laughing, her tumbled hair like raw blue-black silk, her brown shoulders bare. Eyes deep-set, a girl with a gypsy look. So this was the girl I had risked my life to find. This was the girl who was going to lead me to a buried fortune in stolen loot.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940043331755
  • Publisher: Wonder Audiobooks, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/17/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 681,131
  • File size: 202 KB

Meet the Author

John D. MacDonald
Best known for his hardboiled detective series featuring Florida "beach bum" and amateur sleuth Travis McGee, the late John D. MacDonald is one of the most influential names in crime fiction.

Biography

One of the most influential names in crime fiction, John D. MacDonald (1916-1986) was born in Sharon, PA, received his M.B.A. from Harvard University, and served in the OSS in India during WWII.

MacDonald's literary career began accidentally. While he was still in service, he wrote a short story, purely for entertainment. He mailed it home to his wife, who sent it to a magazine without his knowledge. The story was accepted. When MacDonald was discharged, he decided to try his luck at writing for a living. After dozens of submissions and rejections, he finally sold a story to Dime Detective, one of the popular pulp magazines of the day.

For several years, MacDonald made a decent living writing mysteries, Westerns, crime stories, and science fiction for the pulps. Then, in 1950, just as the demand for paperback books was increasing, he made the crossover to full-length fiction with The Brass Cupcake, a classic hardboiled detective novel featuring mobsters, corrupt cops, and a disaffected loner who falls for a beautiful woman. The writer had found his niche!

During the 1950s and '60s, MacDonald specialized in hardboiled crime novels -- mostly set in Florida, where he and his wife had moved after the war. For a long time, he resisted the siren call of series fiction. Then, in 1964, he succumbed -- introducing his legendary amateur sleuth Travis McGee in The Deep Blue Goodbye. A cynical knight errant and self-described beach bum who lives in Ft. Lauderdale on a houseboat named "The Busted Flush, McGee went on to star in 20 more adventures. His influence as a "type" can be clearly seen in the writing of several contemporary crime writers, including Carl Hiaasen, Lawrence Block, and George Pelicanos.

Throughout his long, prolific career, MaDonald would alternate the McGee books with standalone novels, nonfiction, and short story collections. As a genre stylist, he is without peer; yet most critics agree that his literary skills transcend the limitations of genre. Perhaps the novelist Kurt Vonnegut said it best when he made this shrewd assessment: "To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen."

Good To Know

Although MacDonald always included a color in the titles of the Travis McGee novels, he never used either black or white.

Several of MacDonald's novels have been adapted for movies -- most famously his 1958 novel The Executioners, which was filmed twice as Cape Fear.

Carl Hiaasen wrote this in the introduction to the 1994 reissue of The Deep Blue Goodbye: "Most readers loved MacDonald's work because he told a rip-roaring yarn. I loved it because he was the first modern writer to nail Florida dead-center, to capture all its languid sleaze, racy sense of promise, and breath-grabbing beauty."

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    1. Date of Birth:
      July 24, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Sharon, PA
    1. Date of Death:
      December 28, 1986
    2. Place of Death:
      Milwaukee, WI
    1. Education:
      Syracuse University 1938; M.B. A. Harvard University, 1939

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    A great quick read for a Sunday afternoon!

    Detective novel, pulp fiction and keeps your attention. In the genre of Mickey Spillane, Raymond Chandler, Macdonald keeps the torch going.
    For .99 cents, 198 pages goes by quickly. Boy learns secret, hidden treasures, quest for answers, murder, chases and a catchy title!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Not John's Best

    I think MacDonald's Travis McGee series was the best American detective fiction produced in the mid/late 20th Century. This novel obviously predates McGee and while the supporting characters suggest the types that MacDonald used in the McGee books, the main character is--compared to McGee--rather uninteresting. Not a bad read, but if you want to sample MacDonald at his best, try any one of the McGee books; they are all highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    This was a great read! I honestly bought it because it was a che

    This was a great read! I honestly bought it because it was a cheap book, but it definitely would've been worth 5.00 instead of 99 cents. Definitely didn't expect this book to be this way--set in the 1960s (after the Korean war) and ended up being a bit of a thriller (Not like Dean Koontz, or what we expect today, but if you like old-timey stories, this is for you!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 26, 2012

    Rocky

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    NOT WHAT I EXPECTED

    JUST HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FINISH IT.....EXPECTED SOMETHING MORE ..

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    True to the noir

    I enjoyed this but knew what I was getting into.

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