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Subject: Looking for John MacDonald and Robert Parker-type authors
Date Posted: 6/8/2008 8:15 PM ET
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I am a huge fan of MacDonald and Parker mystery books.  Does anyone have any recommendations for me of other authors who write in a similar style? 

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 9:51 PM ET
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If you like Robert Parker, I would definitely recommend Robert Crais' Elvis Cole series.  They're great mysteries with the same sort of wiseacre mentality as Parker's Spenser books.

John D. MacDonald is one of my all time favorites, so I think of him in a class of his own.   :)    The other excellent series that comes to mind in his style is Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder series.  A bit more hard boiled, but really wonderful, especially the older books.

Edited again, now that I'm sure I'm talking about the right authors.   :D



Last Edited on: 6/8/08 11:04 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 6/13/2008 9:38 AM ET
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Try Philip Craig and Willliam Tapply.

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 4:05 PM ET
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Thank you for the suggestions!  I love Tapply and Block, but I will try the other authors, starting now!

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 12:36 AM ET
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I read my first John McDonald book while I was in college and read his entire Travis McGee series. I just wished there were more.  I was so happy this summer to have found 3 of the McGee books in hardcover at a yard sale and later, a paperback of his that is not McGee.  I'm going to reread them as soon as possible.  I have just started reading Stuart Woods Stone Barrington' books and found them bringing Travis McGee to mind.  It has been 30 years since I've read McDonald though, so I could just be wishing!

Date Posted: 8/11/2008 10:14 AM ET
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Stuart Woods has a similiar writing style. His Stone Barrington series is really good.