Murder in the Wind by John D. MacDonald

Murder in the Wind, John D. MacDonald, 1956

My favorite quote: “Johnny Flagan would look over his glasses at you and grin wryly about his morning hangover and you would never notice that the grin did nothing to change the eyes. The eyes were small and brown and watchful and they could have been the noses of two bullets dimly seen in the cylinder when you look toward the muzzle of a gun.”

Notable characters: Bunny Hollis, a tennis bum; Betty Hollis, his wife, the heiress; Billy Torris, an escaped convict; Jean and Hal Dorn, a young married couple; Ginny Sherrel, a widow carrying her husband’s ashes; Steve Malden, an agent for something akin to the CIA; Hurricane Hilda, the deadly hurricane

Most memorable scene: For me, it was Bunny’s backstory — a uniquely told tale of squandered potential

Greatest strengths: Character development. Everyone here has a story — and an interesting one at that

Standout achievements: In an era when female characters were often written as cardboard cutouts whose sole duty was to support their male counterparts, John D. MacDonald gives his women surprising strength 

Fun Facts: This was John D. MacDonald’s eighteenth novel — and his third that year

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: This natural-disaster-meets-murder-meets-love-story really piles on the drama … and it’s great. This book proves that a good story really can’t have too much tension

How it inspired me: In much the same way John D. MacDonald did in Murder in the Wind, my collaborator, Tamara Thorne, and I love the idea of locking up a group of strangers and slowly turning up the heat, so we’re putting our own spin on the concept with our current work-in-progress, Spite House — a ghostly tale of haunted history and twisted family secrets 

Additional thoughts: I absolutely love old pulp fiction. This book is one of the reasons why 

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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