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Talk about the best. Book 5. MacDonald was the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller. But what begins as a simple matchmaking scheme soon becomes a bloody chase that takes McGee to Mexico, a beautiful country from which he hopes to return alive.

When Sam left his girlfriend, Nora, and vanished from Fort Lauderdale, no one was surprised.

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But when he shows up three years later lying in a pool of his own blood, people start to ask questions. And his old friend Travis McGee is left to find answers. But all he has to go on are a gold Aztec idol and a very angry ex-girlfriend. And when the truth is as terrifying as this, does he really want answers after all? MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Book 6.

But this time a man stumbled on board, a walking zombie who fell into bed.

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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 More featuring private investigators. Robert B. But over the course of a legendary literary career, Parker single-handedly reinvented American detective fiction for the modern world with his irreverent, idealistic protagonist, Spenser. Praise for Robert B. Unexpectedly literate—[Spenser is] in many respects the very exemplar of the species.

Dancing Bear. Detective Milo Dragovitch spends too much time boozing until he gets caught up in a case involving two-bit criminals and an old lady on the run. His friends call him Milo. No one has ever called him Bud except his father, long dead, and now Sarah Weddington, stirring painful memoires and offering him his first case since he abandoned his private practice and took a job marking time on the night shift for Haliburton Security.

The case seems almost too easy, hardly worth the large fee, just to satisfy this old woman's curiosity. But things are soon exploding all over the place and Milo is turning up grenades, machine guns, a kilo of marijuana and a bag of coke. A Flash of Green: A Novel. A Flash of Green tells the gripping story of small-town corruption and two people brave enough to fight back, featuring many of the themes John D.

MacDonald explored better than anyone in his legendary career as a leading crime novelist. Silent and deadly, like the snakes that infest the nearby swamps, they lay hidden from view, waiting for the right moment to strike. Political subterfuge has already eased the residents toward selling out. Praise for John D.

MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.

The Toff Goes to Market. John Creasey. John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field ". MacDonald was an American novelist and short-story writer. His works include the highly influential and iconic Travis McGee series and the novel The Executioners, which was adapted into the film Cape Fear.

In print, he delighted in smashing the bad guys, deflating the pompous, and exposing the venal. In life, he was a truly empathic man; his friends, family, and colleagues found him to be loyal, generous, and practical. In business, he was fastidiously ethical. About being a writer, he once expressed with gleeful astonishment, 'They pay me to do this! For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more. By signing up, I confirm that I'm over View all newsletter. Books Categories. Also, Gold was written before Purple , but published afterward. Recall that this article was written in , so the chronology only goes up through Green.

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The Deep Blue Good-By. The Quick Red Fox. A Purple Place for Dying. Bright Orange for the Shroud. A Deadly Shade of Gold. Nightmare in Pink. Darker Than Amber. One Fearful Yellow Eye. Pale Gray for Guilt.

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The Turquoise Lament. The Dreadful Lemon Sky. The Empty Copper Sea. The Green Ripper. Obviously some of this proposed chronology needs rethinking. It was the third Travis McGee novel written, but that version was scrapped and another one Gold written before MacDonald went back and re-did Red. The reference to Kennedy Airport that the reader spotted is certainly an indication that the action takes place after December Now, one could argue that perhaps this change was made by an editor not knowing when the novel was supposed to take place, but that is sheer guesswork.

Another possibility is that McGee inadvertently used the current name of the airport when relating a tale that took place earlier. I seriously doubt MacDonald intended something like that.

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More problematic is a reference I spotted that seems to me even more damning of the proposed dating. In The Beatles began the year playing the Cavern Club and ended it on their way to their Decca audition, before they had a recording contract and certainly before anyone in the United States had ever heard of them. The flaws in placing Blue in are just as daunting. But there are other dates that can be arrived at by simple addition or subtraction.

Cathy Kerr tells Travis that she was six years old in when her father entered the service, placing her year of birth as Perhaps twenty-six or-seven. The later year is the likely candidate, based on the following: Allen is released from prison in After what he has learned from cellmate David Berry it is highly likely that he made his way to the Berry home immediately upon release.