MacDonald, John D.

Travis McGee
The Deep Blue Good-By
The Deep Blue Good-By (1964) Publisher Comments:
Travis McGee He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

The Quick Red Fox
The Quick Red Fox (1964)
From the author of A Purple Place for Dying and The Deep Blue Good-by comes the republication of the bestseller starring Travis McGee, a real American hero.

A Deadly Shade of Gold
A Deadly Shade of Gold (1965)
From Library Journal
MacDonald, whose 21 Travis McGee novels represent arguably the best U.S. mystery series of the past 50 years, died in 1986, leaving behind a legion of fans. Sadly, Travis McGee seems lost amid today's hip, violent, and politically correct private eyes and series detectives, so much so that most of today's younger mystery readers may never experience this National Book Award-winning series. Yet audio producers seem committed to keeping the series alive for a new generation of readers and audiobook fans, as this example proves. Bright Orange for the Shroud tells of a dangerous confidence scheme that traps one of McGee's friends. Soon, McGee infiltrates the group and takes on its sexy operative, with explosive results. In A Deadly Shade of Gold, McGee comes into possession of an evil-looking, solid gold Aztec icon that leads to a perilous fortune. Reader Darren McGavin, who narrates the entire series for Random Audio, employs a world-weary, laid-back voice that is perfect for the enigmatic McGee. Recommended wherever good mysteries circulate. Random Audio offers the entire Travis McGee line in abridged format; libraries seeking unabridged versions should look to Books on TapeR.?Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Bright Orange for the Shroud
Bright Orange for the Shroud (1965)
"McGee has become part of our national fabric."


Usually women came to take refuge aboard The Busted Flush. But this time a man stumbled on board, a walking zombie who fell into bed. Turned out poor Arthur Wilkinson was the latest victim of a fragile-looking blonde sexpot who used the blackest arts of love to lure unsuspecting suckers into a web of sordid schemes. Travis had thought he'd have a quiet summer. Instead he took on the most cunning, heartless, vicious con artists he'd ever met....

Darker Than Amber
Darker than Amber (1966)
Travis McGee never shies away from damsels in distress. But this Eurasian beauty was different. When Travis and Meyer rescued her from the water, she had a block of cement wired to her feet, and she wasn't so much grateful as ready to snare them in a murder racket to end all murders....

Pale Gray for Guilt
Pale Gray for Guilt (1968)
The men who killed Tush Bannon knew he was a nice guy with a nice wife and three nice kids--trying to run a small marina on the Florida coast. They also knew he was in the way of a big land development scheme. Once they killed him, they figured they were on easy street. But Tush Bannon was Travis McGee's friend and McGee could be one tough adversary when protecting a widow and her kids....

The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper
The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper (1968)
Helena Pearson. Undeniably beautiful . . . indisputably rich . . incredibly wanton . . . the perfect client for Travis McGee. He did a big favor for her husband and then for the lady herself. Now Helena is dead, and McGee finds out that she had one last request to make of him: find out why her beautiful daughter, Maurie, keeps trying to kill herself. So, half-convinced that Maurie needs a good doctor and not a devil-may-care beach bum, McGee makes his way to the prosperous town of Fort Courtney, Florida, a respectable, booming, deadly little place. . . .
The Long Lavender Look
The Long Lavender Look (1970)
"McGee has become part of our national fabric."


A lovely young girl steps in front of Travis McGee's headlights. McGee misses the girl but lands in ten feet of swamp water. As he's limping along the deserted road, someone in an old truck takes a few shots at him. And, when he goes to the local sheriff to complain, the intrepid Travis McGee finds himself arrested and charged with murder. And he can't help but ask himself, is this what they call southern hospitality...?

The Scarlet Ruse
The Scarlet Ruse (1973)
Travis McGee is too busy with his houseboat to pay attention to the little old man with the missing postage stamps. Except these are no ordinary stamps. They are rare stamps. Four hundred thousand dollars worth of rare. And if McGee doesn't recognize their value, perhaps Mary Alice McDermit does, a six-foot knockout who knows all the ways to a boat bum's heart. Only it's not McGee's heart that's in danger. Because a syndicate killer has put a contract on McGee. A killer who knows something about stamps . . . and even more about McGee.

The Turquoise Lament
The Turquoise Lament (1973)
"One of the most enduring and unusual heroes in detective fiction."


Now that Linda "Pidge" Lewellen is grown up, she tells Travis McGee, once her girlhood idol, that either she's going crazy or Howie, her affable ex-jock of a husband is trying to kill her. McGee checks things out, and gives Pidge the all clear. But when Pidge and Howie sail away to kiss and make up, McGee has second thoughts. If only he can get to Pidge before he has time for any more thinking....

The Dreadful Lemon Sky
The Dreadful Lemon Sky (1974)
From the Inside Flap
"The professional's professional of suspense writers."


Travis McGee has been offered easy money by a longtime lady friend. But when she gets killed, McGee's got a boatload of mystery. Navigating his boat into troubled waters, he heads for the seamier side of Florida--where drug dealing, twisted sex, and corruption are easy to find--but murderous riddles are hard to solve....
The Empty Copper Sea
The Empty Copper Sea (1978)
McGee is hired to find the truth behind a man's disappearance. Is the man accused of murder guilty or the victim of an elaborate hoax?
The Green Ripper
The Green Ripper (1979)
"McGee has become part of our national fabric."


Beautiful girls always grace the Florida beaches, strolling, sailing, relaxing at the many parties on Travis McGee's houseboat, The Busted Flush. McGee was too smart--and had been around too long--for many of them to touch his heart. Now, however, there was Gretel. She had discovered the key to McGee--to all of him--and now he had something to hope for. Then, terribly, unexpectedly, she was dead. From a mysterious illness, or so they said. But McGee knew the truth, that Gretel had been murdered. And now he was out for blood...

Free Fall in Crimson
Free Fall in Crimson (1981)

"McGee has become part of our national fabric."


This time out, McGee came close to losing his status as a living legend when he agreed to track down the killers who brutally murdered an ailing millionaire. For starters, he renewed an unfinished adventure with a famous--and oversexed--Hollywood actress, who led him into a very nasty nest of murderers involving a motorcycle gang, pornographic movies, and mad balloonists. And Mcgee relearned the old lesson--that only when he came close to the edge of death was he completely alive.

Cinnamon Skin
Cinnamon Skin (1982)
When Travis McGee's friend Meyer lent his boat to his niece Norma, and her new husband Even, the boat exploded out in the waters of the Florida Keys. Travis McGee thinks it's no accident, and clues lead him to ponder possibilities of drugs and also to wonder where Evan was when his wife was killed....

The Lonely Silver Rain
The Lonely Silver Rain (1984)
Travis McGee, Florida's favorite beach-bum adventurer and hero of 22 MacDonald novels, is having long, moody thoughts on middle age and absent friends - when he's persuaded by super-rich Billy Ingraham to try to find his stolen million-dollar yacht. McGee finds it all fight, with the slaughtered bodies of three young people aboard, one of them the daughter of a Peruvian diplomat. Furthermore, some high-level drug trafficking seems to be involved - and before long Ingraham is murdered in an elaborately faked natural death. Can attempts to kill McGee himself be far behind? Of course not. So he's soon forced to explore the seamy byways of the drug trade. . . and, with help from undercover drug-agent Scott Browder, finally gets off the hook. True, it all sounds like a standard replay, and originality is definitely not the drawing card here. But MacDonald makes the old story seem freshly readable - with expert plotting, canny suspense-building, on-target dialogue, and credibly kooky/kinky characters. . . including a new lady guaranteed to put old Trav into a more cheerful frame of mind. (Kirkus Reviews)

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