A Bullet for Cinderella: A Novel

A Bullet for Cinderella: A Novel

by John D. MacDonald, Dean Koontz
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A Bullet for Cinderella: A Novel by John D. MacDonald

A Bullet for Cinderella, one of many classic novels from crime writer John D. MacDonald, the beloved author of Cape Fear and the Travis McGee series, is now available as an eBook.
After Tal Howard returns home from a Korean prisoner-of-war camp, he can’t help feeling that something’s missing. Desperate for a thrill as much as a big payday, Tal heads for the sleepy village in upstate New York where, a dying pal once assured him, buried treasure awaits . . . if Tal can find the girl who can lead him to it. But there’s another stranger in town, a man Tal recognizes instantly: Earl Fitzmartin, a cold, mysterious loner who terrorized him and the other POWs. Somehow Earl got here first. And now this psychopath is watching Tal’s every move—and waiting to strike.
Features a new Introduction by Dean Koontz
Praise for John D. MacDonald
The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King
“My favorite novelist of all time.”—Dean Koontz
“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.”—Kurt Vonnegut
“A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Talk about the best.”—Mary Higgins Clark

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307826954
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/11/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 747,629
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John D. MacDonald was an American novelist and short-story writer. His works include the Travis McGee series and the novel The Executioners, which was adapted into the film Cape Fear. In 1962 MacDonald was named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America; in 1980, he won a National Book Award. In print he delighted in smashing the bad guys, deflating the pompous, and exposing the venal. In life, he was a truly empathetic man; his friends, family, and colleagues found him to be loyal, generous, and practical. In business, he was fastidiously ethical. About being a writer, he once expressed with gleeful astonishment, “They pay me to do this! They don’t realize, I would pay them.” He spent the later part of his life in Florida with his wife and son. He died in 1986.

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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Bullet for Cinderella 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
SeabeeDirtMover More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!)
Anonymous 30 days ago
This is a good weekend afternoon read, when you have a couple of hours on your hands. Fast paced fun.
Brodk More than 1 year ago
One word - UGH! I couldn't find anything to like about this novel. In fact, I skimmed the final third.
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JimJF More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this but knew what I was getting into.