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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Travis McGee is hired by a woman whose husband has cheated her out of a fortune - and within ten pages very unexpected things are happening. I can't tell you, because it would spoil the book, but this is one convoluted plot. The action takes place, mostly, in Arizona, in an area where said husband is a big cheese, with sheriff and other powers in his control...

This is the third in the Travis McGee series, and his character is firmly established - boat bum, salvage expert, philosopher; and well-fledged character keeping legions of fans spellbound. This is not the best in the series, I think, but as always MacDonald is a fantastic writer who pulls you right into the story, however convoluted. The characters are believeable, dialogue real, landscape well-drawn, tension drawn out... solid stuff!
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on 24 March 2006
All you need to know is that John D. MacDonald was a fantastic writer. Too many other writers think so for you to even start doubting it. If you like reading at all then you'll like him. If you like reading crime novels then you'll wonder where he's been all your life. His dialogue is brilliant, very clever and often very funny. Plus Trav's take on the scummy values of modern society always hits home. These new editions are great value. Buy one, and the chances are you'll buy more.
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on 14 August 2013
Mona is in love with a poor, young college professor and married to a wealthy man whom she is convinced is stealing from her trust fund. So she does what any self-respecting girl would do: She hires someone to steal her money back so she can run away with the love of her life.

Travis isn't sure he wants to help out until he sees Mona getting shot and killed out on the cliffs near her cabin. Now he's a lead suspect in a plot to help her escape, and to clear his name, he needs to get to the bottom of things. But the murders just keep mounting, and for Travis, even working with Mona's husband doesn't seem to help matters. Will he be able to uncover the complex plot in time to save his own skin?
A short review or summary for a short a brief Q & A session with myself instead,
Did you enjoy it? Hmmm, yes, not over-whelmed, not under-whelmed either - it was ok in an averagely good sense.
What didn't engage you? Well McGee seems to be the go-to-chap when the dame needs rescuing. He couldn't save the first, but lo and behold there was a second one along a while later that he could save. Maybe there's a bit of a formula developing with this series. If the next 18 or so are the same it might be a test of endurance rather than a reading pleasure.
That seems unnecessarily harsh......Probably with a bit of hindsight, maybe I just woke up grumpy! I will persevere with the series and I expect to enjoy them as I go.
Marks from 5? This would rate as a 3. Not as enjoyable as the first in the series - The Deep Blue Goodbye.
Where did you get your copy from? On-line at Amazon quite recently.
Thanks for your time..... You're welcome.
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on 30 December 2014
My first return to JMcD's TMcG series for over 20 years and it's as good as I remember. Pared-down writing style, succinct dialogue and a broad range of distinctive characters. That's what I remembered and that's what it has. No modern day 500 page bloating - all over in half the acreage and all the better for it. Present day authors please take note. Does it feel dated? Nope - because it was so contemporary the reader's right back in the right time zone from the start. You don't notice the lack of mobile / cellphone, laptop / tablet etc. Why would you? You don't notice no cars in Pride & Prejudice. It's not a Florida-based storyline so if you're new to the series it lacks that trademark trope. However, it's still got a convincing 'small town / local sheriff' feel to it. Time for another one, what colour's Florida?
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on 21 June 2014
If you've never read any of John D.McDonald's 'Travis McGee' books, you're missing out on a good thing !
The review writers with names like, Stephen King, & Ed McBain, speak for themselves.
Well Written & Well Crafted.
A Joy to read.
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on 8 April 2015
Wonderful. A journey back in time.
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