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It's a one-off so it doesn't have the depth of MacDonald's later Travis McGee series, but the plot, style, and characters are all first rate. For instance, the main character isn't some sort of avenging angel or morally upstanding guy. He will lie to get what he wants. What he won't do is kill in cold blood and that differentiates him from the heavy enough to show contrast. You get fast women and virtuous women and smart cops and kind cops that help and hinder our man on his journey.
On the strength of this I would search out other early MacDonald stories.
Such a story is A BULLET FOR CINDERELLA by John D. MacDonald. Originally published in the 1950s, at perhaps the height of the popularity of the noir, tough guy suspense novels, this story brings unexpected depth to the main character, an “every man” who returns after the war to find he is a stranger to himself. His chase after a stash of stolen cash becomes symbolic of a quest to again find himself.
MacDonald also avoids cliché in love interests, as the protagonist becomes involved with two totally different women and finds value in each.
I’m sure that as MacDonald wrote this story this he had no idea that later in his career he would create one of the icons of modern suspense fiction: Travis McGee. Yet, A BULLET FOR CINDERELLA contains so many of the elements that would be common in the McGee novels: a smooth and genial sociopathic killer; tenderness and violence; complicated plots that are more than just a search to recover a fortune; one flawed, but good, man who tries to right some terrible wrong at great personal cost.
Even at this earlier stage in his career, McDonald shows himself to be a master of his craft and art.
"I drove back into town, full of the look of her, full of the impact of her. It was an impact that made the day, the trees, the city, all look more vivid. Her face was special and clear in my mind—the wide mouth, the one crooked tooth, the gray slant of her eyes. Her figure was good, shoulders just a bit too wide, hips just a shade too narrow to be classic. Her legs were long, with clean lines. Her flat back and the inswept lines of her waist were lovely. Her breasts were high and wide spaced, with a flavor of impertinence, almost arrogance. It was the coloring of her though that pleased me most. Dark red of the hair, gray of the eyes, golden skin tones."