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Джон Данн Макдональд

Дата рождения: 24. Июль 1916
Дата смерти: 28. Декабрь 1986

Джон Данн Макдональд — американский писатель. Писать начал в середине 1940-х годов, главным образом научно-фантастические и детективные литературные произведения. Его наиболее известные работы включают в себя популярную среди рядовых читателей и одобренную критиками серию про Трэвиса Макги и роман «Палачи», по которому был снят фильм «Мыс страха». В 1962 году Макдональд был назначен главой Ассоциации мистических писателей Америки, а в 1980 году получил Американскую книжную премию. Стивен Кинг с восторгом отзывался о Макдональде, называя его «завораживающим рассказчиком».


„blockquote>Раньше я никогда почему-то не задумывался над тем, как понятие о справедливости и истине может зависеть от умения обвиняемого держаться. Линда и Джефф, я знал, об этом подумали. «Линда»</blockquote“

„Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will. Integrity is not a search for the rewards of integrity. Maybe all you ever get for it is the largest kick in the ass the world can provide. It is not supposed to be a productive asset.“


„If the cards are stacked against you, reshuffle the deck.“

„... there are people who try to look as if they are doing a good and thorough job, and then there are the people who actually damn well do it, for its own sake.“ Free Fall in Crimson

„We were about to give up and call it a night when somebody threw the girl off the bridge.“ Darker Than Amber

„I do not like the killers, and the killing bravely and well crap. I do not like the bully boys, the Teddy Roosevelt’s, the Hemingways, the Ruarks. They are merely slightly more sophisticated versions of the New Jersey file clerks who swarm into the Adirondacks in the fall, in red cap, beard stubble and taut hero’s grin, talking out of the side of their mouths, exuding fumes of bourbon, come to slay the ferocious white-tailed deer. It is the search for balls. A man should have one chance to bring something down. He should have his shot at something, a shining running something, and see it come a-tumbling down, all mucus and steaming blood stench and gouted excrement, the eyes going dull during the final muscle spasms. And if he is, in all parts and purposes, a man, he will file that away as a part of his process of growth and life and eventual death. And if he is perpetually, hopelessly a boy, he will lust to go do it again, with a bigger beast.“ A Deadly Shade of Gold

„I am wary of the whole dreary deadening structured mess that we have built into such a glittering top-heavy structure that there is nothing left to see but the glitter, and the brute routines of maintaining it.“ The Deep Blue Good-By

„Being an adult means accepting those situations where no action is possible.“ The Green Ripper


„At times it seems as if arranging to have no commitment of any kind to anyone would be a special freedom. But in fact the whole idea works in reverse. The most deadly commitment of all is to be committed only to one's self. Some come to realize this after they are in the nursing home.“ The Lonely Silver Rain

„A man with a credit card is in hock to his own image of himself.“ The Deep Blue Good-By

„Old friend, there are people—young and old—that I like, and people that I do not like. The former are always in short supply. I am turned off by humorless fanaticism, whether it's revolutionary mumbo-jumbo by a young one, or loud lessons from scripture by and old one. We are all comical, touching, slapstick animals, walking on our hind legs, trying to make it a noble journey from womb to tomb, and the people who can't see it all that way bore hell out of me.“ Dress Her in Indigo

„A woman who does not guard and treasure herself cannot be of very much value to anyone else.“ The Deep Blue Good-By


„This was not some pretty little girl, coyly flirtatious, delicately stimulated. This was the mature female of the species, vivid, handsome and strong demanding that all the life within her be matched. Her instinct would detect any hedging, any dishonesty, any less than complete response to her - and then she would be gone for good.“ The Quick Red Fox

„Please not yet. Those are the three eternal words. Please not yet.“ A Deadly Shade of Gold

„[Los Angeles] the world's biggest third-class city...“ A Deadly Shade of Gold

„By noon, in a gray February world, we had come down through snow flurries to land at Albany, and had taken off again. When the snow ended the sky was a luminous gray. I looked down at the winter calligraphy of upstate New York, white fields marked off by the black woodlots, an etching without color, superbly restful in contrast to the smoky, guttering, grinding stink of the airplane clattering across the sky like an old commuter bus.“ The Quick Red Fox

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