The Good Old Stuff Book Summary and Study Guide

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In the introduction to this book of short stories, mostly set in the late 1950's to mid 1960's, John D. McDonald, creator of the much lauded Travis McGee series of mystery books, is quoted as saying he wanted a writer "to have a bit of magic in his prose style, a bit of unobtrusive poetry." He certainly achieves that ideal in this collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories which range in style from straight detective stories to tales of psychological suspense. The good old stuff, indeed!
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The review of this Book prepared by Bill Brumlow

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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   criminal's rise in a crime organization Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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