Better late than never, Ed. This should go in Wankher's Recommendations, but John MacDonald was one of those great american authors I admire so much (Ed McBain, Tony Hillerman, Donald Westlake, and so many others), professional writers who maintained quality while being prolific. Travis McGee, yes, get to it, Wankhers, if you haven't already !

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._MacDonald