A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Friday, February 26, 2016
2/26/1974 The Dreadful Lemon Sky
February 26, 1974. John D. MacDonald's The Dreadful Lemon Sky was published on this date. It was his sixteenth novel about salvage consultant Travis McGee. It was his second in hardcover.
Am I the only one who thinks he was getting a little desperate for color-involved titles at this point? Give the man credit for courage, though: Using a title with the word "dreadful" and the word "lemon" is offering critics two temptations they would find it hard to resist.