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Condominium [Hardcover]

John D. MacDonald
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Oct. 6 1977
John D. MacDonald donated his private and professional correspondence, personal and business papers, manuscripts, typescripts, and library to the University of Florida Libraries and additionally provided an endowment for the purchase of MacDonald related materials. To further support the Libraries, he arranged to have a special issue of his novel Condominium with a specially printed endpaper autographed by MacDonald for the purpose of raising funds for the Libraries. The copy you receive will be taken from the original publisher's shipping carton.
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Praise for John D. MacDonald
The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King
“My favorite novelist of all time . . . All I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me. No price could be placed on the enormous pleasure that his books have given me. He captured the mood and the spirit of his times more accurately, more hauntingly, than any ‘literature’ writer—yet managed always to tell a thunderingly good, intensely suspenseful tale.”—Dean Koontz
“To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.”—Kurt Vonnegut
“A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Talk about the best.”—Mary Higgins Clark
“The consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer . . . John D. MacDonald created a staggering quantity of wonderful books, each rich with characterization, suspense, and an almost intoxicating sense of place.”—Jonathan Kellerman
“There’s only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again. A writer way ahead of his time, he is the all-time master of the American mystery novel.”—John Saul --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS! From back cover: Nov. 24 2003
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Welcome to Golden Sands, the dream condominium built on a weak foundation and a thousand dirty secrets. John D. MacDonald's biggest, most powerful novel to date.
Here is a paranoid look at the shocking facts of life in a Sun Belt community: the real estate swindles and political payoffs, the maintenance charges that run up and the health benefits that run out, the crackups and marital breakdowns, the disaster that awaits those who play in the path of the hurricane.....
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Everyone dreams of a place in the sun, High-rolling developer Marty Liss has made millions packaging and merchandising that dream. But for the residents of Golden Sands condominium the dream is becoming a nightmare.
The surly manager has an appetite for women, no taste for work, and an ironclad contract. And the manicured exterior of Golden Sands conceals a tangle of restless marriages and unsatisfied hungers....
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5.0 out of 5 stars John D.'s best? Maybe. May 11 2000
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I hesitate to call Condominium John D. MacDonald's best novel, not yet having plowed through his entire canon. I will say, though, that it is the best of his novels that I have read to date.
The story's build and momentum is remarkable, simulating the steady gathering of storm clouds in a hurricane like the one that brings this novel to its climax. From page one, the reader knows that trouble is brewing, and after the introduction of several shady characters bent on exploiting the masses lured to the American Eden, you begin to crave a good comeuppance for the corrupt.
Only, life has an odd way of punishing not only the rotten, but the innocent who cross their path.
MacDonald is always true to the social reality of Florida and, make no mistake, this book is as timely as when it was first printed. Finely written and one of MacDonald's most engaging reads.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A chilling commentary on "retirement." Aug. 15 1997
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John D. MacDonald is ruthless. First, he pillories "community leaders" whose greed and self agrandizement victimize retirees who flock to the tropical paradise of the Florida keys. Then, just as ruthlessly, he describes the realities of the "golden years," years of disenchantment, boredom, paranoia, disease. Here the master (ask Hiaasen and other younger authors whom he as inspired) turns from his usual genre, the detective romp, to a disaster saga. His Hurricane Ella wreaks havoc on scam artist and mark alike. A very good read . . .a very illuminating expose. Never been disappointed yet with a J.D. MacD. novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where it all begins May 8 2003
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An awesome look at the reality of what they do to the old people here in Florida. MacDonald essentially indicts our entire society. This novel's more relevant today than ever, MacDonald was truly visionary. These characters are real people and they live here in Florida, except for the hero character, Sam Harrison, who might as well have been named Travis McGee. I haven't read all of Johnny Mac, but this might be his best one.
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