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The Deep Blue Good by

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Michael Pritchard is the eader the audio uality was terrible on these Old Second Hand Tapes second hand tapes I m eally glad I listened to it While I ve ead a few of these books over the years I ve never ead this the first one Originally published in the mid 60 s the Travis McGee series was one of the staples of detective fiction for the next 10 or 15 years No this eally isn t a 4 star book but it gets an extra one for being so popular making such a wonderful break from the prudish 50 s One of the interesting things about McGee is that he has plenty of opportunities for casual sex with beach bunnies eady to hand while He Occasionally Indulges He occasionally indulges he so without much enthusiasm like a *man who drops by McDonalds to simply satisfy his hunger The meal *who drops by McDonalds to simply satisfy his hunger The meal t great but it will do until he gets around to finding something better he knows it He s somewhat disappointed in himself for doing so Of course he does find meaningful elationships but things arely work out the way he plansMcGee is no James Bond like Paladin in Have Gun Will Travel Our self professed tough guy doesn t like to work lives in semi permanent etirement He only takes on a job when there is a good chance of a substantial eturn then takes 50% plus expenses or so he says It s fun watching him give in ationalize his departures from his hard hearted intentions The action is pretty well done uite believable McGee can take care of himself he s a pretty big guy but he s no superman He lives aboard a house boat so there is a lot of marine action off the Florida coast too It all seems pretty accurate to me not terribly dated Oh it s set firmly in the 60 s but he s a fairly progressive sortNot great literature but a fun filling uick ead a bit than just a candy book Some of McGee s observations of people are uite interesting somewhat thought provoking I m going to try to find some of these from my local library hopefully for download Cassettes are such a PITA after dealing with MP3 s Third Time s a Charm Cathy s First Love StillFor anyone considering eading the Travis McGee series first book published in 1964 with a total of 21 books in the series this book should definitely be ead first It lays the ground work for who McGee eally is how he feels about society women and Florida in general These are important basics for eading the series since the character for me is so very important Reading the Long Blue Goodbye for me was like seeing an old friend no I take that back an old lover and we parted ways amicability so many years ago but it s good for him to be back in my hands We both had other elationships in our absence from each other but that spark is still there as strong as ever Elvis Cole well he ll just have to wait a bit Philip Marlowe and Vachss Burke I ll be back with you shortly Have some business to finish with TravIn his first adventure Trav helps Cathy from Candle Key in the Keys of course Cathy he helps Cathy It s meant to be it s in the stars Trav Travis McGee Owner of the Busted Flush Won in a Poker Gameand Docked at Bahia Mar Slip F 18 in Fort Lauderdale FLJohn D MacDonald by the way was a great word is not strong enough writer with a wonderful sense of place in all his books He wrote mostly mysteries some frightening than others such as Cape Fear which I ve yet been able to finish First time eader good for you if not what s stopping you And you women out there I met him first You guys well hummm Face it you love him too especially his sensitive side eh image error Junior Allen has sleazed his way into a fortune in stolen gems and the daughters of the man who they belonged to want them back Only Junior is a woman beating apist and has left a trail of battered women in his wake Can Travis McGee get the gems back and take his cutThis is the first John D MacDonald book I ve ead and probably won t be the last MacDonald eally knows how to build the suspense Junior Allen is a first degree douche bag and a good villain You can t help but ead faster and faster eager to see him get what s coming to him The writing is eally good and the characters of Travis and Junior are well doneWhy only three stars The women are paper characters barely distinguishable from one another outside of their physical descriptions Some of that may have to do with the time it was written I caught the fact the JFK airport was still called Idlewild pretty early on before I saw that the copyright date was 1964 Also I m not completely sold on Travis McGee Something about him ubs me the wrong way The pages full of his inner musings got a little tediousAll gripes aside Deep Blue Good By was a gripping ead I ll be tracking down the next Travis McGee book sooner or later This is a novel that put John D MacDonald. TRAVIS McGEEHe's a self described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game He's also a knight errant who. ,

1916 1986 on my short list of favorite authors between El Leonard and Stephen King even though I can just barely ecommend it Published in 1964 The Deep Blue Good by is the debut of Travis McGee Salvage Consultant in south Florida who over the course of twenty one novels titled with McGee Salvage Consultant in south Florida who over the course of twenty one novels titled with color in the spectrum save for black or white ecovers missing items As plots go it s as outine as any airport paperback but is wet with nautical atmosphere and in the wake of President Kennedy s assassination also stiff with a historically keen male nihilism that sets it apartMoored in Lauderdale aboard the 52 foot houseboat Busted Flush won where else but in a private poker session Travis McGee is introduced idling the afternoon away with Chookie McCall a dancer and choreographer who hasn t known Travis long enough to figure out whether he eally does find things for people keeping half of its value Chookie just so happens to know someone looking for something and has invited her over McGee hears the woman out Cathy Kerr is a dancer whose father served in the Air Transport Command in India and Burma during the war and brought home an item of awesome value Cathy just doesn t know what it wasWally Kerr was taken away when Cathy was nine years old sentenced to Leavenworth for beating an officer to death A year ago a smiling man named Ambrose A Junior Allen arrived in Candle Key claiming to be a cellmate of her father s Shacking up with Cathy Junior spent most of his time digging around for something Waking one morning to find the man gone and their two driveway markers smashed Kathy is sure that he stole an object her father had meant for her Junior Allen eturned to Candle Key with money and a cruiser egistered as the Play Pen seducing another vulnerable woman in the area named Lois Atkinson Kathy asks Travis McGee to help her She looked at me with soft apologetic brown eyes all dressed in her best to come talk to me The world had done its best to subdue and humble her but the edge of her good tough spirit showed through I found I had taken an irrational dislike to Junior Allen that smiling man And I do not function too well on emotional motivations I am wary of them And I am wary of a lot of other things such as plastic credit cards payroll deductions insurance programs etirement benefits savings accounts Green Stamps time clocks newspapers mortgages sermons miracle fabrics deodorants checklists time payments political parties lending libraries television actresses junior chambers of commerce pageants progress and manifest destinyDriving a 1936 Rolls Royce that s been converted into a chambers of commerce pageants progress and manifest destinyDriving a 1936 Rolls Royce that s been converted into a truck and that he calls Miss Agnes Travis starts by checking out Junior Allen He judges Junior to be a formidable man 38 in good shape capable of forcing shy women to give him what he wants stealing something of value and converting it to cash in New York then possessing the nerve to eturn to the scene of his crime for a new victim Trav accompanies Cathy on a visit to her younger sister Christine in an attempt to learn about their father and what he might have brought back to interest Junior so much McGee then ventures to the end of Candle Key to pay a visit to Lois AtkinsonFinding Lois Atkinson to be a tall slender
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in her early McGee is surprised to find her falling apart from her experience with Junior Allen Malnourished and alcoholic she is actually close to death until Travis invites himself in and begins to care for her calling a doctor to examine her and slowly gaining her confidence He learns little to nothing about Junior Allen except for what Lois says in her sleep and once she s ecovered physically from her ordeal Travis invites her to stay with him aboard the Busted Flush Travis soon takes off to New York and Harlingen Texas to speak with two army buddies of Sergeant Wally KerrTravis determines that Cathy s father started out swapping Missionary Bonds purchased in China for cash in the States before ultimately graduating to view spoilerbuying gemstones in Ceylon and smuggling them home in canteens hide spoiler I m a huge fan of suspense fiction absolutely loving the surprising and unexpected twists and turns I ve ead and e ead a lot in this genre over the years but John D MacDonald JDM had escaped me I m not sure why I had heard of the movie Cape Fear which was adapted from JDM s book The Executioners but for some eason I knew nothing of his pulp fiction series about Travis McGee One day I was having a conversation with my good friend and fellow GR member Cathy DuPont and she kept talking about this guy called Trav The way she spoke about him led me to believe that he was a very good friend of hers a Floridian neighbour and an all ound wonde. 's wary of credit cards etirement benefits political parties mortgages and television He only works when his.
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Rful guy It seemed that they d known each other for Some Time Cathy Was Clearly time Cathy was clearly with himSo you can imagine my surprise when much later I discovered that Trav was not eal What do you mean he doesn t exist What are you saying Cathythat he s just some character in a book I actually sent Cathy this picture when I found outAfter getting over my initial shock I had a longer conversation with Cathy about Trav I learnt that she is on her third eading of the Travis McGee series That sure is something there are 21 books in total Cathy knows each book and indeed Trav inside out The sheer enjoyment that this series gives her is obvious and her love for Trav infectious I just had to meet the man who put a smile on my friend s face Then in October 2014 this gal from Dubai met up with her friend from Florida for a few days RnR in New York city We visited a few bookstores and were fortunate to find one that had the full Travis McGee series I purchased Blue with Cathy by my side We both chuckled Such a perfectly wonderful momentAnd that perfection continued with the eading of this book The Deep Blue Good By aka Blue is the first of 21 novels in the Travis McGee series by American author John D MacDonald All McGee novel titles incorporate a colour and the novels have essentially been written as one long story on the life and times of Travis or Trav as he likes to be called Trav lives on a 52 foot barge type houseboat called The Busted Flush docked at Slip F 18 Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Florida The barge is named after the poker hand in memory of the game in which Trav won it Trav also owns a custom vintage Rolls Royce that has been converted into a pickup truck The truck is painted a horrid electric blue and Trav calls it Miss Agnes after an elementary school teacher whose hair was the same shade Trav with Busted Flush and Miss AgnesIf you asked Trav what his occupation was he d hand you a business card that eads Salvage Consultant In eality he could be described loosely as a private investigator with most of his business coming by word of mouth His clients are usually people who have been deprived of something important andor valuable typically by unscrupulous or illegal means and have no way to egain it lawfully Trav s usual fee is half the value of the item if ecovered with McGee isking expenses and those who object to such a seemingly high fee are eminded that Half is a lot better than nothing at all The pattern for the series is set in The Deep Blue Good by when a woman by the name of Cathy Kerr asks Trav for help ecovering a dubiously earned fortune that her dead father left hidden Trav takes the case and it leads to a smarmy but persuasive lowlife named Junior Allen And in his effort to learn about Allen Trav meets Allen s latest victim Lois Atkinson Allen had wormed his way into controlling Lois life and money and she was educed to a nearly catatonic state by the time Trav came along In addition to being a brute and a treasure hunting ival for Trav Lois eveals that Allen is also a serial apist Trav proceeds with his plan to ecover Cathy s fortune and ensure that Junior Allen meets justiceSo will I ead in the seriesYou bet The power of Trav has me under his spell drawing me in It s like music It s his voice telling you his story in a particular way I could become addicted Critics may charge that Trav epresents an outdated and politically incorrect view of masculinity and they may be ight But perhaps this misses the point Yes Trav is a womaniser much like James Bond or early Spenser And yes woman are miraculously estored by his testosterone soaked presence And yes this makes Trav an anachronism But so does McGee s disgust at the apacious development of South Florida or dislike of everything from credit cards to the limited opportunities women have in life In one classic ant Trav muses The scene is eputed to be acrawl with adorably amoral bunnies to whom sex is a pleasant social favor The new culture And they are indeed present and available in exhaustive uantity but there is a curious tastelessness about them A woman who does not guard and treasure herself cannot be of much value to anyone else They become a pretty little convenience like a guest towel Trav is a man who efuses to change much of anything He thoughtfully but forcefully maintains his independent life a life of action that makes for brisk eading and also begins to weigh on Trav I am told by the end of the seriesThanks JDM for the magnificent character Trav McGee Thanks Random House for keeping Trav alive And Cathy many thanks to you my friend for sharing Trav with meFor those interested in the books in the series they are listed here s eview of Blue can be found here. Cash uns out and his ule is simple he'll help you find whatever was taken from you as long as he can keep ha. ,

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