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The Dreadful Lemon Sky

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The Dreadful Lemon Sky first editionFirst edition
By John D. MacDonald
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First publication

Literature form

Crime, mystery

Writing language

Author's country
United States

Approx. 74,000 words

Notable lines

I was in deep sleep, alone aboard my houseboat, alone in the half acre of bed, alone in a sweaty dream of chase, fear, and monstrous predators. A shot rang off steel bars.

— First lines

The early bird who gets the worm works for somebody who comes in late and owns the worm farm.


"Every time I get blown up by a bomb I get that same feeling. I want to go home.:"


John turned his head to listen. Even the dead men seemed to be listening.

— Last lines


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See also:

The Long Goodbye

The Galton Case

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