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John Gardner was an American writer, literary critic, essayist and a university professor. His prolific writings include the 1971 novel Grendel which narrates the Beowulf myth from the monster point of view. He was born and raised in New York to a dairy farmer and a lay preacher father. His mother was an English teacher at a local school. Gardener parents were fond of Shakespeare and mostly recited Shakespeare literature together. As a child, the author attended public schools and most times worked at his father farm where his younger brother was accidentally killed y a cult packer which Gardener was driving. He carried the blame for his brother’s death which resulted in him experiencing flashbacks, nightmares his entire life. This incident formed a foundation of Gardner’s criticism and fiction.

Order of Boysie Oakes Series

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1 The Liquidator 1964 Description / Buy
2 Understrike 1965 Description / Buy
3 Amber Nine 1966 Description / Buy
4 Madrigal 1967 Description / Buy
5 Hideaway (Short Story) 1968 Description / Buy
6 Founder Member 1969 Description / Buy
7 Traitor's Exit 1970 Description / Buy
8 The Airline Pirates 1973 Description / Buy
9 Air Apparent 1973 Description / Buy
10 The Assassination File 1974 Description / Buy
11 A Killer for a Song 1975 Description / Buy

Order of Derek Torry Series

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1 A Complete State of Death 1970 Description / Buy
2 The Corner Men 1976 Description / Buy

Order of Detective Sergeant Suzie Mountford Series

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1 Bottled Spider 2002 Description / Buy
2 Streets of Town 2003 Description / Buy
3 Angels Dining at the Ritz 2004 Description / Buy
4 Troubled Midnight 2005 Description / Buy
5 No Human Enemy 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Herbie Kruger Series

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1 The Nostradamus Traitor 1979 Description / Buy
2 The Garden of Weapons 1981 Description / Buy
3 The Quiet Dogs 1988 Description / Buy
4 Maestro 1993 Description / Buy
5 Confessor 1995 Description / Buy

Order of Professor Moriarty Series

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1 The Return of Moriarty 1974 Description / Buy
2 The Revenge of Moriarty 1975 Description / Buy
3 Moriarty 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Railton Family Series

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1 The Secret Generations 1985 Description / Buy
2 The Secret Houses 1987 Description / Buy
3 The Secret Families 1989 Description / Buy

Order of James Bond (Extended) Series

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1 Colonel Sun ( By: Kingsley Amis) 1968 Description / Buy
2 License Renewed 1981 Description / Buy
3 For Special Services 1982 Description / Buy
4 Icebreaker 1983 Description / Buy
5 Role of Honor 1984 Description / Buy
6 Nobody Lives Forever 1986 Description / Buy
7 No Deals, Mr. Bond 1987 Description / Buy
8 Scorpius 1988 Description / Buy
9 Licence to Kill 1989 Description / Buy
10 Win, Lose or Die 1989 Description / Buy
11 Brokenclaw 1990 Description / Buy
12 The Man from Barbarossa 1991 Description / Buy
13 Death Is Forever 1992 Description / Buy
14 Never Send Flowers 1993 Description / Buy
15 SeaFire 1994 Description / Buy
16 GoldenEye 1995 Description / Buy
17 Cold Fall 1996 Description / Buy
18 Zero Minus Ten ( By: Raymond Benson) 1997 Description / Buy
19 Tomorrow Never Dies ( By: Raymond Benson) 1997 Description / Buy
20 The Facts of Death ( By: Raymond Benson) 1998 Description / Buy
21 The World is Not Enough ( By: Raymond Benson) 1999 Description / Buy
22 High Time to Kill ( By: Raymond Benson) 1999 Description / Buy
23 Doubleshot ( By: Raymond Benson) 2000 Description / Buy
24 Never Dream of Dying ( By: Raymond Benson) 2001 Description / Buy
25 The Man With the Red Tattoo ( By: Raymond Benson) 2002 Description / Buy
26 Die Another Day ( By: Raymond Benson) 2002 Description / Buy
27 Devil May Care ( By: Sebastian Faulks) 2008 Description / Buy
28 Carte Blanche ( By: Jeffery Deaver) 2011 Description / Buy
29 Solo ( By: William Boyd) 2013 Description / Buy
30 Trigger Mortis ( By: Anthony Horowitz) 2015 Description / Buy
31 Forever and a Day ( By: Anthony Horowitz) 2018 Description / Buy
32 With a Mind to Kill ( By: Anthony Horowitz) 2022 Description / Buy

Order of John Gardner Standalone Novels

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1 The Censor 1972 Description / Buy
2 Every Night's a Bullfight 1973 Description / Buy
3 The Director 1973 Description / Buy
4 To Run a Little Faster 1976 Description / Buy
5 The Werewolf Trace 1977 Description / Buy
6 The Dancing Dodo 1979 Description / Buy
7 Golgotha 1980 Description / Buy
8 The Last Trump 1980 Description / Buy
9 Blood of the Fathers 1992 Description / Buy
10 Day of Absolution 2001 Description / Buy

Order of Best American Short Stories Series

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1 The Best Short Stories of 1915 1916 Description / Buy
2 The Best Short Stories of 1916 1916 Description / Buy
3 The Best Short Stories of 1917 1917 Description / Buy
4 The Best Short Stories of 1918 1918 Description / Buy
5 The Best Short Stories of 1919 1919 Description / Buy
6 The Best Short Stories of 1921 1921 Description / Buy
7 The Best Short Stories of 1922 1922 Description / Buy
8 The Best Short Stories of 1923 1923 Description / Buy
9 The Best Short Stories 1924 1924 Description / Buy
10 The Best Short Stories of 1925 1925 Description / Buy
11 The Best Short Stories 1926 1926 Description / Buy
12 The Best Short Stories 1927 1927 Description / Buy
13 The Best Short Stories of 1928 1928 Description / Buy
14 The Best Short Stories of 1929 1929 Description / Buy
15 The Best Short Stories 1930 1930 Description / Buy
16 The Best Short Stories 1931 1931 Description / Buy
17 The Best Short Stories of 1932 1932 Description / Buy
18 The Best Short Stories 1933 1933 Description / Buy
19 The Best Short Stories 1934 1934 Description / Buy
20 The Best Short Stories 1935 1935 Description / Buy
21 The Best Short Stories 1936 1936 Description / Buy
22 The Best Short Stories 1937 1937 Description / Buy
23 The Best Short Stories of 1938 1938 Description / Buy
24 50 Best American Short Stories, 1915-1939 1939 Description / Buy
25 The Best Short Stories 1939 1939 Description / Buy
26 The Best Short Stories of 1940 1940 Description / Buy
27 The Best Short Stories 1941 1941 Description / Buy
28 The Best American Short Stories 1942 1942 Description / Buy
29 The Best American Short Stories 1943 1943 Description / Buy
30 The Best American Short Stories 1944 1944 Description / Buy
31 The Best American Short Stories 1945 1945 Description / Buy
32 The Best American Short Stories 1946 1946 Description / Buy
33 The Best American Short Stories 1947 1947 Description / Buy
34 The Best American Short Stories 1948 1948 Description / Buy
35 The Best American Short Stories 1949 1949 Description / Buy
36 The Best American Short Stories 1950 1950 Description / Buy
37 The Best American Short Stories 1951 1951 Description / Buy
38 The Best American Short Stories 1952 1952 Description / Buy
39 The Best American Short Stories 1953 1953 Description / Buy
40 The Best American Short Stories 1955 1955 Description / Buy
41 The Best American Short Stories 1956 1956 Description / Buy
42 The Best American Short Stories 1957 1957 Description / Buy
43 The Best American Short Stories 1958 1958 Description / Buy
44 The Best American Short Stories 1959 1959 Description / Buy
45 The Best American Short Stories 1960 1960 Description / Buy
46 The Best American Short Stories 1961 1961 Description / Buy
47 The Best American Short Stories 1962 1962 Description / Buy
48 The Best American Short Stories 1963 1963 Description / Buy
49 The Best American Short Stories 1964 1964 Description / Buy
50 The Best American Short Stories 1965 1965 Description / Buy
51 The Best American Short Stories 1966 1966 Description / Buy
52 The Best American Short Stories 1967 1967 Description / Buy
53 The Best American Short Stories 1968 1967 Description / Buy
54 The Best American Short Stories of 1969 1969 Description / Buy
55 The Best American Short Stories 1970 1970 Description / Buy
56 The Best American Short Stories 1971 1971 Description / Buy
57 The Best American Short Stories 1972 1972 Description / Buy
58 The Best American Short Stories 1973 1973 Description / Buy
59 The Best American Short Stories 1974 1974 Description / Buy
60 The Best of Best American Short Stories 1915-1950 1975 Description / Buy
61 The Best American Short Stories 1975 1975 Description / Buy
62 The Best American Short Stories 1976 1976 Description / Buy
63 The Best American Short Stories 1977 1977 Description / Buy
64 The Best American Short Stories 1978 1978 Description / Buy
65 The Best American Short Stories 1979 1979 Description / Buy
66 The Best American Short Stories 1980 1980 Description / Buy
67 The Best American Short Stories 1981 1981 Description / Buy
68 The Best American Short Stories 1982 1982 Description / Buy
69 The Best American Short Stories 1983 1983 Description / Buy
70 The Best American Short Stories 1984 1984 Description / Buy
71 The Best American Short Stories 1985 1985 Description / Buy
72 The Best American Short Stories 1986 1986 Description / Buy
73 The Best American Short Stories 1987 1987 Description / Buy
74 The Best American Short Stories 1988 1988 Description / Buy
75 The Best American Short Stories 1989 1989 Description / Buy
76 The Best American Short Stories of the Eighties 1990 Description / Buy
77 The Best American Short Stories 1990 1990 Description / Buy
78 The Best American Short Stories 1991 1991 Description / Buy
79 The Best American Short Stories 1992 1992 Description / Buy
80 The Best American Short Stories 1993 1993 Description / Buy
81 The Best American Short Stories 1994 1994 Description / Buy
82 The Best American Short Stories 1995 1995 Description / Buy
83 The Best American Short Stories 1996 1996 Description / Buy
84 The Best American Short Stories 1997 1997 Description / Buy
85 The Best American Short Stories 1998 1998 Description / Buy
86 The Best American Short Stories 1999 1999 Description / Buy
87 The Best American Short Stories 2000 2000 Description / Buy
88 The Best American Short Stories of the Century 2000 Description / Buy
89 The Best American Short Stories 2001 2001 Description / Buy
90 The Best American Short Stories 2002 2002 Description / Buy
91 The Best American Short Stories 2003 2003 Description / Buy
92 The Best American Short Stories 2004 2004 Description / Buy
93 The Best American Short Stories 2005 2005 Description / Buy
94 The Best American Short Stories 2006 2006 Description / Buy
95 The Best American Short Stories 2007 2007 Description / Buy
96 The Best Short Stories of 1921, and the Yearbook of the American Short Story 2007 Description / Buy
97 The Best American Short Stories 1921 2007 Description / Buy
98 The Best American Short Stories 2008 2008 Description / Buy
99 The Best American Short Stories 2009 2009 Description / Buy
100 The Best American Short Stories 2010 2010 Description / Buy
101 The Best American Short Stories 2011 2011 Description / Buy
102 The Best American Short Stories 2012 2012 Description / Buy
103 The Best American Short Stories 2013 2013 Description / Buy
104 The Best American Short Stories 2014 2014 Description / Buy
105 The Best American Short Stories 2015 2015 Description / Buy
106 100 Years of The Best American Short Stories 2015 Description / Buy
107 The Best American Short Stories 2016 2016 Description / Buy
108 The Best American Short Stories 2017 2017 Description / Buy
109 The Best American Short Stories 2018 2018 Description / Buy
110 The Best American Short Stories 2019 2019 Description / Buy
111 The Best American Short Stories 2020 2020 Description / Buy

Order of John Gardner Non-Fiction Books

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1 On Writers and Writing 1994 Description / Buy
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Gardner started his university studies at DePauw University, but he received his degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1995. He got his Ph.D. from the University of Lowa and later became a distinguished professor.

John Gardner best-known books include The Sunlight Dialogues which narrates the story of a disaffected cop who is asked to confront a madman who is fluent in classical mythology. October Light tells the story of an embittered sister and brother living and clashing with each other in Vermont. Gardner died in a motorcycle accident two miles from his home in Susquehanna County on 14th September 1982.

JOHN GARDNER AWARDS

October Light was the winner of the 1976 National Book Critics Circle Award.

BEST JOHN GARDNER BOOKS

These are three best books written by John Gardner, Mickelsson’s Ghosts, Nickel Mountain and Grendel.

Mickelson’s Ghost: The last novel that John Gardner wrote before his tragic death. The book narrates the sad tale of Peter Mickelsson, a once an upcoming philosopher, now a lecturer at Binghamton University divorced and almost broke, drunk, hounded by I.R.S and probably going mad. As the book opens up, Peter is seeking refuge from the heat of his apartment that his money had forced him to take, from the 3rd floor of an old house on Binghamton West Side- the beautiful part of the town.

With that move, Peter Mickelson finds himself in a strange territory, in the midst of water diviners, occasional religious cults and rumored haunting and soon discovers that the house he is living in is said to be haunted. Peter, the proud philosopher, starts a romantic affair with a young prostitute, a former colleague from the University. He starts contemplating robbing a man his money and begins seeing the rumored ghosts. His life is crashing down, and not his philosophy can save him.

John Gardner weaves one beautiful tale of a tortured soul. The novel is beautifully written, the story is sad, suspenseful, funny and philosophical as well.

Nickel Mountain: This is a remarkable love story. At the age of 42, the obese and anxious Henry marries Callie Wells, a 17 year old girl expecting a child of another man. It is more than the age difference that defines the distance between them. However, the beauty of this book is the revelation of the bond that forms as the two incredible couple experiences courtship and marriage, the birth of a son, forgiveness, isolation, and work. The plot eventually turns out tragic, possibly due to the acts of will or accidents involving a cast of character that includes a religious hysteric, an amputee veteran, and a roving goat lady. Questions of innocence, guilt, redemption, and humility begin to arise which results in the discovery of grace by Henry Soames.

Grendel: This is the retelling of an epic poem “Beowulf” told from the Grendel point of view. The poem was written between 8th and 11th century. In this novel, the narrator, a monster has been residing in a cave with his mother. He listens to Shapers; a blind harpist narrates a beautiful tale about ancient warriors. Upon reaching adulthood, he asks the philosophical question of a dragon that has a fatalistic point of view of life. This makes Grendel confused as he has heard Shapers heroic view in his narration. The dragon rewards Grendel with a magical gift such that no weapons could penetrate his skin.

Sharper narrates the tale of the sons of Adam, Cain, and Abel. Humans are the descendants of Abel, while Grendel is the descendant of Cain and even though the look different, Grendel and the humans shared a common language, heritage and ways of thinking. Grendel always felt lonely and isolated and found life boring since he had no companions to share with. Grendel would keep an eye on the Scyldings and attacked them for 12 years, until the day when Beowulf and Geats arrive to help Scyldings bring an end to the monster.

When Does The Next John Gardner book come out?

John Gardner doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Liquidator and was released on November, 25th 2010. It is the newest book in the Boysie Oakes Series.

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  1. I give Gardner credit for his foray into the Bond series, but unfortunately his efforts fell flat. I will admit I only read the first book in the series so far, but it didn’t blow me away. I have yet to decide if I’ll continue reading the series, but perhaps I’ll take a break and venture into some of Gardner’s other books. Any suggestions as to where to being are appreciated.

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