April Evil, John D. MacDonald
I think this
is the first novel, other than those in the Travis McGee series that I have
read in many years by John D. MacDonald. I had truly forgotten what a
great writer he was. There is not a page of this book when things don't
happen, when the story isn't speeding along, when you will want to put
it down. It is truly a manual for how to write a crime story.
Three men, one newly out of jail, and a woman converge
on Flamingo, a Florida town. Their plan is to rob an old man who keeps
all of his money in a safe in his house. There are at least a dozen
other players who make things hard for this trio for various reasons.
This story has three critical female characters. And a kid who noses
around too much. It is vicious in spots, but also tender, observant, and
clever. The atmosphere is excellent. I can't think of one good reason
not to read this book.