The Long Lavender Look: Introduction by Lee Child: Travis McGee, No.12

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The Christmas Mystery. Not a Drill A Jack Reacher short story. First Response. Stephen Leather. The Darkest Day. Tom Wood. Come and Get Us. Tom Cain. The Spy. Cleaning the Gold. Karin Slaughter. MacDonald created a staggering quantity of wonderful books, each rich with characterization, suspense, and an almost intoxicating sense of place.

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. Will he be able to uncover the complex plot in time to save his own skin? More featuring private investigators. From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.

He had done a big favor for her husband, then for the lady herself. But what can a devil-may-care beach bum do for a young troubled mind? Book 6. 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 From a beloved master of crime fiction, A Tan and Sandy Silence is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. Travis McGee is unnerved when he receives an unexpected guest—real estate developer Harry Broll, who is convinced that McGee is hiding his missing wife.

Angry and jealous, Harry gets off a shot before McGee can wrestle his gun away. No longer wallowing in self-pity, McGee has more pressing concerns—like saving his own skin. But that doesn't keep folks from saying he murdered his employer, Hub Lawless, whose body hasn't been found. To clear his name, and cear up the mystery, Van asks friend-in-need Travis McGee to find out what really happened.

What McGee finds is that Timber Bay is a toug h town to get a break in when you're a stranger asking questions. But what he also finds is that, dead or alive, Hub Lawless is worth a lot of money. Some are eager to get a piece of that action--and some are willing to take more than a piece out of anyone who gets in the way 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? Similar ebooks. A Bullet for Cinderella: A Novel. Desperate for a thrill as much as a big payday, Tal heads for the sleepy village in upstate New York where, a dying pal once assured him, buried treasure awaits. Somehow Earl got here first. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. As is the theme of most that share their stories It only takes one book for the reader to realize that he or she must read them all. I sure wish there were just one more, the final book where TM explores his relationship with his daughter.

Thanks for the chance to share. John K. Colorado Springs. As we were getting to know each other, he mentioned that his favorite author was JDM. Butch was killed in Dec. One of his friends told me he loved the Travis McGee series, so I found the set on Ebay and started reading. Needless to say, I am hooked. Butch graduated from HS in Ohio in and, after a year or so of jaunting all over the world, settled in Fl. His writing is just incredible and so full of casually-tossed-out truths Thanks for your website! Kathi Conner,.

Pleasant, OH. Hello to all of you Travis McGee fans. I was a long-haul commercial truck driver from I am now in management in the office of the company I drove for. Believe it or not, I have never read one page of any Travis McGee book. During my first year of driving, I discovered that an excellent way to pass the time going down the road was audiobooks. The artwork on the box was eye-catching and the synopsis on the back of the box sounded very good, so I purchased the 2-cassette book on tape.

That was the "fastest" 3 hours I had ever driven up to that time. The book was so well written, phrased, and plotted, and Darren McGavin who read 19 of the 21 books was such a fantastic orator, I couldn't hardly believe that I had covered about miles our trucks are governed at 62 mph! I was hooked. There are several audiobook services at truck stops where you can rent a book at one truck stop for usually a week and then drop it off at another later on down the road. Over my 5 years of professional driving, I purchased all 21 books on cassette.

Darren really makes Travis come alive. I was very sorrowed when he passed away in I enjoyed him in the motion picture "The Natural" as well. Travis Darren and I covered many, many, many miles together. Even after coming off the road and into the office, my wife and I still listen to ol' Travis' adventures when we go out of town for an extended trip. Alas however over the years, the tapes had begun to deteriorate, but my wife and kids rescued me this past Christmas.

In my spare time since receiving the CD recorder I have just about completed converting all my beloved TM audiobooks to CDs and now that I have them in digital mode and have backed all of them up on a flash drive they are preserved forever. I am now enjoying them without worrying if the tape player will "eat" the tape or if the tape will break. If there are TM audiobooks available commercially on CD, I have not been able to find a website that offers them, and I have searched quite earnestly over the years.

So you can imagine my elation when I was given the machine to put them on digital mode. Don Banta. Dear Cal,. We caught up with the others and began buying the new ones as soon as they came out. In rereading it, I reflect upon our experiences watching our daughter die suddenly and unexpectedly of a brain hemorrhage in I think I can remember where we were as we read each book.

Since then, we've read most of JDM's other books and short stories and are lucky enough to have a couple of signed books and a few letters that he wrote to friends. In we visited Fort Lauderdale for the first time and spent spring break there with Lynn and Georgie. I was very, very nervous about visiting Bahia Mar because I was afraid there might not be a slip F This may sound strange, but it was almost a journey to Mecca. Thank God there was a slip F! We celebrated Kim's 40th birthday with champagne right there! I'm sure people thought we were crazy Nothing about cars-- just about life.

I made friends all over the country from those ads-- I think JDM's words touched many hearts. George Hatcher. I read a great deal of JDM's work during eight years of residence in Saudi Arabia in the seventies and eighties. I remember making his acquaintance in the fall of picking up one of his McGee novels in a small library of some excellent paperbacks left behind by some guys in a villa in southwestern Riyadh.

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One of my all-time fave writers, JDM was a dude one fell in love with immediately as a reader, for his deeply spell-binding prose. When he died in late December of I felt a harsh loss as I thought of all the hours of pleasure I had derrived from this fascinating story-teller possessing an incomparable writing style that built such awesome Florida images in my mind which to this day remain so vividly and shockingly real.

The man's relevance is intact and alive and he remains an awesome icon of American modern literature. I feel we will see a great revival of his idiom Glad you guys keep it up I was clueless to its meaning until one evening more than fifteen years later. While visiting a local used book store there it was, the unabridged versions of five Travis McGee books inside one hard -bound edition.

I've read it numerous times and have shared it with friends as well. What a treasure to have stumbled upon! Sounds like it's time to find copies of the remainder of the Travis McGee series for my library.

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Danny Shaffer. San Antonio, TX. Back in 71, I contracted waterproofing condo exteriors in Venus, FL. I could not find a place for rent and was staying in a motel in Sarasota.

I was in a restaurant on Siesta Key and mentioned to the bartender that I was going to be in Florida for six months, and was looking for a place to rent. He gave me directions to a place about a mile down on the inland side of the key and said it was the last house on Crisp Point, and the lady living there was renting the guest house. I found the place and the lady was home. She showed me the guest house and I thought it was great. It looked like a houseboat. It had a deck all the way around it and the back deck went out over the water. There was one large room and a small bathroom with a shower.

The large room had two sets of bunk beds attached to the wall which the lower bunks acted as sofas in the day. There was an elevated, round, wood burning stove in the center of the room, and a small kitchen with a dining table next to a glass sliding door that looked out over the deck for a beautiful view.

I gave the lady two months rent and moved in that day. This was a paradise set in palm and banana trees. I love to fish and the back deck sat over a natural Snook hole. I would put a lantern on a pole and hung it out over the water. In the late evening, the light would attract the Snook and I would pull in my limit whenever I dropped my line. We had an unusually cold winter and one morning I went to the wood closet that was on the outside deck wall.

I found the wood logs and a pile of old newspapers. In the back was a stacked pile of paperback novels. They were all John D. MacDonald novels. I grabbed a couple with the fire wood and took them inside.

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I got the fire going and began reading. I could not put this book down until I finished it. After that encounter I read the rest of the wood- closet novels. I especially enjoyed the Travis McGee novels and got a real education about Florida in the process. He had sold the house because he could not have privacy. The street had a turn around at the end of the point and he could not gate the road for privacy.

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People were always knocking on his door for autographs and he felt the security of his family could be threatened. I have read all his works and am still looking for the rumored last novel. Gary Chambers. How nice to find that you have a section devoted to this. It means I'm not the only person who remembers this kind of thing.

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My career dream was to work in the airline industry. I got my first airline job with a small carrier named TranStar formerly Muse Air in One day I was assigned to the 'transfer point' or 'T-point', where luggage arrives on the conveyor belt that carries it from the ticket counter. There an employee loads it onto the appropriate cart depending on destination. It was the proverbial feast or famine; when several flights were checking in you really had to scramble to keep up but between departures there was nothing to do except sit at a battered old desk someone had dragged down there and stuck in a corner.

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So one day, bored to tears, I opened the desk drawer and found treasure: a paperback copy of The Lonely Silver Rain. Two pages in I was a MacDonald fan for life. It never bothered me that I read the last one first and soon I had acquired and read every last McGee tale. All these years later, I've read each of them several times and he is one of my top three or four favorite authors along with Hiaasen, Arthur Hailey, and Robert Serling.

Thanks for all the work you've put in on the website. It's very entertaining. I ended up absconding with it much to Jeff's displeasure.

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I have read all of the TM series I can find — over and over again. When his heart was broken, yours broke a little too. The book was so well written, phrased, and plotted, and Darren McGavin who read 19 of the 21 books was such a fantastic orator, I couldn't hardly believe that I had covered about miles our trucks are governed at 62 mph! No other word to describe him other than genius. Some years ago I was writing a tale about an older, resourceful ex- Guards Officer, who lived alone on a boat. Cathy D.

He got it back the following week but I was hooked on Travis McGee and have read every one. Steve Hillesheim. Palatine, IL. I first met Travis McGee back in It sounded intriguing and I put it aside for myself to read. Once I started getting into it, I finished it over the next 2 days. Unbeknownst to me at the time, the library had 7 or 8 of his other adventures already on the shelves. I now proudly own every volume of his stories and have every story on audio book as well. I can't say for sure the year I discovered Travis McGee but it was sometime in the early 's.

I was somewhere around and drove my bike to the mall during the summer. It was from the Signet editions that were small and all the covers were white with a small, color picture relating somehow to the story. I cannot remember what made me decide to purchase it.

At this point in my life I was not a prolific reader and didn't chose books by authors so much as what sounded like a good story. But this book somehow resonated with me. I liked this McGee's style and attitude. The words flowed much better than anything I had read before. Being young I just assumed there would be a limitless supply and there was no rush to read them or concern myself with who John D. Macdonald was and his station in life. I read others from the series here and there in high school, in no particular order. I was accepted at the University of Florida and headed off to Gainseville to study.

It was there that I realized how much I loved these books. While taking classes and reading many "literature" writers and "classics" it dawned on me how well John. D's works held up. I tore through the series and started to read his other books. At some point I found out that John D. I was chagrined to learn that he lived so close to where I grew up and that when I discovered him earlier in the decade he was nearing the end of his life. I regretted not paying more attention and somehow felt a lost opportunity to honor him while he was still alive.

Having learned a bit about the type of man he was, I know he probably wasn't receptive to fans dropping in, but I thought maybe he would have got a kick out of a kid-fan. But, as MacDonald once wrote or possibly quoted , sentimentality is unearned emotion.

I am now 43 and still read-- and re-read --his work. Every now and than I stumble on virgin material. Just today I found "Reading for Survival" on the web. I knew this existed but never read it and had no idea it was set in a McGee format. What a pleasure to read that first paragraph and have it begin much like a McGee novel. I now have many authors I read but John D. And this is in spite of the many, for lack of a better word, shortcomings of his books.

His plots were pretty simple, the romantic relationships a bit cheesy, the bad guys cardboard cut-outs- but that voice, the observations, the philosophy of what counts, of being alive and the finality of death- nobody did it better. Gordon Hammond, Portland OR. I picked up my first Travis McGee novel when I was 14 or 15 as a second hand paperback from the 60s with great artwork on the cover. I then rediscovered Travis in my late twenties after my PhD in English literature and that was the point when I started appreciating how good those books actually were.

Ever since I have been rereading them every couple of years and they still give me tremendous pleasure. Thorsten Krings. Sadly not too spectacular a story. The primary outfall from that association aside from enjoyable reading was a conversion of the local lunchtime places to Plymouth Gin. Tanqueray had previously been the gin of choice.

Now this was a time when the three martini lunches were in fashion. Very soon all the local eateries knew when we arrived to greet us at our table with a Plymouth Gin over ice with the rim of the glass rubbed with lemon peel and the twist squeezed over the ice but then thrown away. We never tried it with the sherry pre-rinse. It took a while to get all the places to stock Plymouth but our regular consumption and 'conversion' of guests made it worth their while.

But that was just about Travis. The expansion of interest in JDM's work came some time later on a vacation in Sierra Nevada mountains at a lodge owned by the Sierra Club. Of course I couldn't finish it in the few days at hand so I hate to admit it 'borrowed' the book and took it home. Some time later I felt guilty and while not telling the Sierra Club why, I made a generous donation to the Club. In my mind that was 'atonement'. At any rate that was the first of the non-Travis books and became the foundation the collection of the rest.

Which I have to this day. Mea Culpa There was a program that involved people in America donating used paperback books to be read by soldiers in Viet Nam. I began reading and the narrator Travis McGee told of driving down a highway at night in Florida and being on the lookout for raccoons, not wanting to run over one. And he said urban Florida was using the rabies myth to get rid of them, and the areas where raccoons were wiped out were soon overrun with snakes. One of my bags had been misplaced before we left the docks, the one with several books along for the ride. We had books and radio and plenty of imagination coming from both.

I am one book away from finishing only because it was not among the others. I am halfway through Copper Sky and expecting to come home to find Lonely Rai wedged in my apartment door by Wednesday. Thanks for hosting this site and allowing fans to contribute. Hi, I just read your "meeting Travis" story.