D. R. Martin grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, and began his writing career as an arts journalist in Minneapolis. As a professional writer, he has covered topics ranging from consumer electronics and medical technology to travel and classical music. For many years, he reviewed science fiction and fantasy books for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
In addition to his Johnny Graphic juvenile ghost adventure series (johnnygraphicadventures.com) and Marta Hjelm mystery (Smoking Ruin), Martin has published a Victorian mystery and a canine cozy under the pen name Richard Audry (richardaudry.com).
Published: February 2, 2014.
Essay » Literature
The 21 Travis McGee novels of John D. MacDonald have been in print since the first was published in 1964. They have proven enormously popular with readers and have inspired generations of crime fiction writers. Without a doubt, McGee is one of the most vivid and influential characters in American crime fiction. Travis McGee & Me is D. R. Martin’s personal take on McGee and his adventures.
Minneapolis PI Marta Hjelm failed to prevent a preventable murder. Her guilt has brought her right to the edge of burnout and dropout. But a prize specimen from her ancient past—her cheating ex-husband—appears out of nowhere with a gig too good to turn down. One last job, Marta figures, can’t hurt. But hurt it does.
This book includes lost interviews with four masters of post-war American science fiction—Frank Herbert, Frederik Pohl, Clifford D. Simak, and Gordon Dickson. This compact volume catches them all in their primes, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their trenchant, prescient observations still resonate three decades later.