Roger Ebert interviews John D. MacDonald

On July 28th, 1975 Roger Ebert interviewed one of his favorite novelists, John D. MacDonald. Ebert recently made the interview available online for the first time.

Among the contemporary detective novelists, I said, isn’t it strange that you and Ross McDonald would both have the same last name? John D. MacDonald paused for a moment. “Even more strange,” he said, “is the title of his new book, ‘The Blue Hammer.’ Now what does that make you think of?”

One of your McGee books, I said. They always have a color in the title.

“I wrote him,” he said. “I said, ‘no doubt this is innocence on your part, but people are going to think it’s meretricious.’ He didn’t reply. I must confess I feel a little irritated by that.

“God knows we have enough trouble keeping our identities separate. Thank God the guy writes as well as he does. He could be some real plumber. I don’t want to feel victimized, but it comes down to this. I wouldn’t do it to him.”

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Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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About Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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