Travis mcgee, an adventurer, philosopher, and salvage consultant who does unofficial favors for friends, in fort lauderdale, florida. Macdonald s career as a novelist begun in 1950 with the brass cupcake in 1950. Travis takes the lead role in 21 books across the series, yet john still found the time to pen more than double that number of standalone novels 46 in total, plus a. In 1962 macdonald was named a grand master of the more about john d. I read once in a battered pulp paperback about a beach bum who subscribed to his own peculiar philosophy that retirement could be taken not all at the end as an old. From a beloved master of crime fiction, a tan and sandy silence is one of many classic novels featuring travis mcgee, the hardboiled detective who lives on a. I love macdonald s funny philosophical rants about society and the environment. John macdonald has created a wonderful character in travis mcgee. In 1972, macdonald was named a grandmaster of the mystery writers of america. I cant believe a movie hasnt been made of this yet, because it certainly is a visual tale. Travis mcgee is a creation of prolific american novelist john d.
He served in the oss in the far east during world war two. Nothing can go wrong john d macdonald j h kilpack 1982 1st paperback edition. Travis mcgee is a fictional character, created by american mystery writer john d. Macdonalds career as a novelist begun in 1950 with the brass cupcake in 1950. A purple place for dying fawcett gold medal, may 1964.
His works include the travis mcgee series and the novel the executioners, which was adapted into the film cape fear. A deadly shade of gold when travis mcgee picks up the phone and. John d macdonald was an american author of science fiction, fantasy, mystery and thriller books best known for his travis mcgee series. The complete series list for a travis mcgee novel john d. Buy a cheap copy of a tan and sandy silence book by john d. Macdonald was an american novelist and shortstory writer. Nightmare in pink travis mcgee gets a call from an old army buddy who needs a favor.
See the complete travis mcgee series book list in order, box sets or omnibus editions, and companion titles. The deep blue goodby travis mcgee is a selfdescribed beach bum. Macdonald finds modern knighterrant travis mcgee embarking on a strange mission at the behest of his hirsute sidekick, meyer. In the third book of the travis mcgee series, a purple place for dying, travis. Macdonald is very highly regarded by his fellow authors, including dean koontz and stephen king. Macdonald includes books the deep blue goodbye, nightmare in pink, purple place for dying, and several more. The travis mcgee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an american author and they retain a remarkable sense of freshness. In 1980 he won the american book award for his travis mcgee mystery the. Macdonalds travis mcgee series, so i decided id start at the beginning, and bought the first couple of books in the series. Five complete travis mcgee novels macdonald, john d. Macdonald travis mcgee series travis mcgee, complete 21 volume set on. Macdonald and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at.
Macdonald books when you shop the largest online selection at. Macdonald when you shop the largest online selection at. John d macdonald died in the year 1986 which in effect killed on travis mcgee. Each book in the series is a whole story with a beginning and an ending, however there are references to prior stories in the series. All i ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as john d. A purple place for dying travis mcgee is lured out west to a. Hes all things you want in your hero, handsome, well built, trust worthy, and most importantly, interested in people. Macdonalds legendary travis mcgee series, mcgee seeks to retrieve a fortune in gems smuggled into the u. Mcgee has been summoned to the country by mona yeoman to try and force a divorce and financial settlement from her tycoon husband. Macdonald 19161986 was an american author who was best known for crime and suspense novels, including the popular travis mcgee novels. Purple place for dying is the third book in john macdonalds travis mcgee series, and mcgee. Although mcgee gets involved in mysteries, he is not a police officer or a private investigator.
Macdonald created a staggering quantity of wonderful books, each rich with characterization, suspense, and an almost intoxicating sense of place. Mcgee is not a cop or a private investigator, but rather a professional salvage consultant who finds other peoples property when he runs low on spare cash. From there, he wrote several novels per year and quickly became. Macdonald travis mcgee series travis mcgee, complete. Anybody that has read one of the mcgee series of books will.
Macdonalds travis mcgee books, i would say that the deep blue goodby is the best way to meet the greatest character of the detectivestory genre. Macdonald, author of 78 books, including the famous travis mcgee series. Cathys father died in prison without ever telling his family about the fortune. It takes a bit of getting used tooand of course, some of his books are better than others. Created by john d mcdonald, travis mcgee became the hero in a series of twenty one books. Traveling through the country and solving mysteries, travis ensures that the readers are on the journey with him. Instead, he is a salvage consultant who lives on a houseboat the busted flush in ft. One of the most successful american novelists of his time, macdonald sold an estimated 70 million books in his career. The deep blue goodby is the first of 21 novels in the travis mcgee series by american author john d. Travis mcgee is a selfimportant asshole who overexplains his trite beachbum philosophy any this book should have been called to catch a rapist you have to think like a rapist.
Macdonald books because he is the type of author that other authors i like refer to in their books. From a beloved master of crime fiction, nightmare in pink is one of many classic novels featuring travis mcgee. Macdonald s travis mcgee series and its influences on his work. Travis mcgee was a protector of women, weaker men and the environment and since the last novel there doesnt seem to be anybody that comes close to him as a character in a novel. Is the travis mcgee retirement plan a fantasy in todays. Reacher is like a fully detached version of travis mcgee lee child travis mcgee isnt your typical knight in shining armour. Commissioned in 1964 by fawcett publications editor knox burger, the book establishes for the series an investigative protagonist in a residential florida base. He studied at the wharton school of the university of pennsylvania and syracuse, and harvard university. Macdonald s legendary travis mcgee series, mcgee seeks to retrieve a fortune in gems smuggled into the u. His bestknown works include the popular and critically acclaimed travis mcgee series, and his novel the executioners, which was filmed as cape fear 1962 and remade in 1991. Mcgee is neither a police officer nor a private investigator. Macdonald is very highly regarded by his fellow authors, including dean koontz and stephen king john d. And up til now, i have really enjoyed reading his books.
Born over 100 years ago in pennsylvania, usa, john d macdonald created the hero travis mcgee who has inspired countless lone, dark heroes to appear in print and on the screen. As well as the book by book breakdown, and a collection of quotes, theres also a selection of boat bum cuisine, complete with recipes for such treats as meyers memorable chili and mcgee s special martini. Mcgee appeared in 21 novels, from the deep blue goodby in 1964 to the lonely silver rain in 1984. He lives in south florida aboard a houseboat he won in a poker game. Order of travis mcgee books travis mcgee is a creation of prolific american novelist john d. The deep blue goodby travis mcgee is a selfdescribed beach bum who only. Macdonald wrote a large number of standalone mysteries. Mcgee is not inclined to go for it but before the meeting ends, yeoman takes a bullet to the spine and falls to the ground dead. In 1980, the mcgee novel the green ripper won a national book award in a oneyear mystery category. Anybody that has read one of the mcgee series of books will understand why he is so successful.
My fantasy hero was travis mcgee, a character created by author john. John dann macdonald was born on july 24, 1916, in sharon, pennsylvania. The travis mcgee series was started in 1964 with the deep blue goodby and. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read a purple place for dying. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read free fall in crimson. Meet travis mcgee the true definition of hardboiled. Macdonald and the travis mcgee novels the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller. He was born in sharon, pennsylvania but later moved out to europe on his quest for adventure and photography.909 668 1447 258 340 1349 986 816 492 591 810 266 1648 850 668 857 1563 45 11 1214 22 1141 488 34 472 684 1015 813 207 838 1083 776 638 198