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Slam the Big Door: A Novel Kindle Edition

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Praise for John D. MacDonald
 
The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King
 
“My favorite novelist of all time . . . All I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me. No price could be placed on the enormous pleasure that his books have given me. He captured the mood and the spirit of his times more accurately, more hauntingly, than any ‘literature’ writer—yet managed always to tell a thunderingly good, intensely suspenseful tale.”—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
 
“The consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer . . . John D. MacDonald created a staggering quantity of wonderful books, each rich with characterization, suspense, and an almost intoxicating sense of place.”—Jonathan Kellerman
 
“There’s only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again. A writer way ahead of his time, he is the all-time master of the American mystery novel.”—John Saul

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When Mike Rodenska, a former journalist and recent widower, visits his old friend Troy Jamison in Florida, he's shocked at what he finds. For despite the parties, the shapely women, the devil-may-care air that surrounds Troy and his friends, Mike can see a life slowly coming apart. The only question is: why?
Putting together the pieces of his friend's life -- and downfall -- turns an ordinary visit into a mystery that Mike Rodenska is compelled to solve . . . .

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  • File Size: 1820 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00CKU2OY8
  • Publisher: Random House; Reprint edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E2RXPEU
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
John D. MacDonald scored again with this atmospheric, deeply moving novel about a man both coming to terms with the death of his wife and the wilful self-destruction of his best friend. As usual with John D., the sentiments expressed about life, people and the state of the world in the last half of the millenium are timeless. Why aren't these books more readily available? We are in desperate need of classics like this.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. VINE VOICE on September 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
That aptly descriptive phrase is taken from the introduction to the hardcover edition of Slam the Big Door. An introduction written by none other than the book's author, John D. MacDonald himself.

This well crafted novel contains a number of fully fleshed out characters, all of whom are quite believable. It would be wrong to classify Slam the Big Door as a mystery; all the important events that go to make up the plot take place right out in the open, in full view of the reader. Nor is it a crime story; DUI is just about the most serious violation of the legal system described in its pages. This is a book about relationships, complex human relationships that bind the characters together and, at times, wrench them apart.

Mike Rodenska having recently lost his beloved wife, travels to Florida's gulfcoast ostensibly for a relaxing visit with his friend Troy Jamison and Troy's wife Mary. Once there, it becomes abundantly apparent that Troy needs Mike's help a lot more than Mike needs Troy's hospitality. The Jamisons' marriage is very much on the rocks and Troy's latest business venture is about to go belly up.

With the use of very detailed and evocative descriptions, MacDonald succeeds in bringing to life the characters who together compose the circle of family, friends and acquaintances inhabiting the Jamisons' not so idyllic world. This is a thoughtfully written novel about friendship, love, self loathing, human fraility and the emptiness of affluence too easily obtained. Recommended to readers interested in exploring the psychological underpinnings of human behavior.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By SML on March 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have read or own every jd macdonald novel and short story collection.
As with any author, some of his books are great, some merely good, and some are even not so good. "Slam the Big Door" is a fairly good one. But don't miss the greats: "The Empty Trap," "The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything," every Travis McGee (possible exception of "Freefall in Crimson"), "April Evil," "The Good Old Stuff," "More Good Old Stuff," "Linda"-- found in a two-novella collection called "Border Town Girl." So many more very good ones, but might want to avoid "The Last One Left," and "Barrier Island." More personal favorites: "On the Run," "A Bullet for Cinderella," "Clemmie," "The Only Girl in the Game."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Zeranski on March 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
Investigating the lives and the psyches of his characters, John D. MacDonald makes "Slam the Big Door" as engaging as one of his Travis McGee novels. Just like McGee, Mike Rodenska, our protagonist, steps right into someone else's mess. And like any reliable friend, Mike has to try fix things up.

Mike's war buddy and good friend, Troy Jamison, is a repeat offender; after trashing his life once, a decade before, Troy's got to try and destroy another marriage and a throw potentially successful business venture out the window. Mike Rodenska is already facing the loss of his wife to cancer, but just the same he's dealing with a damaged friend, mainly because his friend's wife is a good woman who deserves better. And the good wife is also saddled with a young newly divorced daughter as well. A daughter who is happily complicating matters just for `kicks.'

Money, madness, adultery and the decay of friendship are almost more than Mike Rodenska can or wants to handle, but John D. MacDonald likes to punish his main characters. He wants them to be human so he makes them bleed a little.
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I have always loved the Travis McGee series but have only recently gotten into MacDonald's stand alone novels. Having read about a dozen of them now I find them to be uniformly excellent. I don't see a reason for a lengthy review here. Suffice it to say if you haven't read any John D. MacDonald you're really missing out and if, like me, you've been a long time fan of Travis McGee but haven't read his other works you are in for a delicious treat.
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By Marc on June 30, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
John D. Writes Florida better each book I read. He writes people better than anyone I've read.
Even without Travis McGee.
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