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Travis McGee is a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight-errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: He'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

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A Purple Place for Dying

Thumbtack    A Purple Place for Dying by John D. MacDonald

Travis McGee's taking his retirement in installments while he's still young enough to enjoy it. But sooner or later, his money runs out and he has to work. This time McGee's lured out West to a strangely secretive meeting with a woman in trouble, in a place whose beauty hides some ugly, dangerous secrets.

Year: 1964
Genre: Private Eye

Nightmare in Pink

Thumbtack    Nightmare in Pink by John D. MacDonald

Travis McGee's permanent address is the Busted Flush, Slip F-18, Bahia Mar, Lauderdale, and there isn't a hell of a lot that compels him to leave it. Except maybe a call from an old army buddy who needs a favor. If it wasn't for him, McGee might not be alive. For that kind of friend, Travis McGee will travel almost anywhere, even New York City. Especially when there's a damsel in distress.

Year: 1964
Genre: Murder Mystery

The Deep Blue Good-By

Thumbtack    The Deep Blue Good-By by John D. MacDonald

McGee isn't particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet backwoods girl who's been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allen? What Travis isn't anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake. Enter Junior's latest victim, Lois Atkinson.

Year: 1964
Genre: Private Eye

The Quick Red Fox

Thumbtack    The Quick Red Fox by John D. MacDonald

Sultry movie star Lysa Dean has gotten herself into a spot of blackmail, posing for naked photos while participating in a debauched party near Big Sur. If the pictures get out, Lysa's engagement to her rich, strait laced fiancé doesn't stand a chance. Enter Travis McGee, who's agreed to put a stop to the extortion, working alongside Lysa's assistant, Dana Holtzer.

Year: 1964
Genre: Extortion

A Deadly Shade of Gold

Thumbtack    A Deadly Shade of Gold by John D. MacDonald

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

Year: 1965
Genre: Private EyeStolen Goods

Bright Orange for the Shroud

Thumbtack    Bright Orange for the Shroud by John D. MacDonald

McGee has never seen a man so changed by one year of life. Arthur Wilkinson had been an amiable and decent young man looking to invest some of his considerable inheritance in a marina enterprise. Then a pretty blonde named Wilma Ferner showed up. She was soon Mrs. Wilkinson, and it took her only a year to leave Arthur bankrupt and broken.

Year: 1965

Darker Than Amber

Thumbtack    Darker Than Amber by John D. MacDonald

Evangeline may be the intended target in a complex scheme, but she's no ordinary victim. Behind her darker than amber eyes is a woman who lures men onto her boat and robs them, throwing them overboard when she's done with them. And now she's enlisted the resistant Travis and Meyer to rescue her "savings" from her partners in crime.

Year: 1966

One Fearful Yellow Eye

Thumbtack    One Fearful Yellow Eye by John D. MacDonald

It only takes one word to get Travis McGee to leave the sunny deck of his houseboat in Ft. Lauderdale for the gray cold of Chicago. The word is help, and it's uttered by Glory Geis, an old girlfriend of McGee's and the pretty young widow of world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Fortner Geis. The trouble is, the good doctor converted his considerable estate into cash before he died. But where he stashed it, no one knows.

Year: 1966
Genre: Extortion

Pale Gray for Guilt

Thumbtack    Pale Gray for Guilt by John D. MacDonald

Travis McGee's old football buddy Tush Bannon is resisting pressure to sell off his floundering motel and marina to a group of influential movers and shakers. Then he's found dead. For a big man, Tush was a pussycat: devoted to his wife and three kids and always optimistic about his business--even when things were at their worst. So even though his death is ruled a suicide, McGee suspects murder . . . and a vile conspiracy.

Year: 1968

The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper

Thumbtack    The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper by John D. MacDonald

He had done a big favor for her husband, then for the lady herself. Now she's dead, and Travis McGee finds that Helena Pearson Trescott had one last request of him: to find out why her beautiful daughter Maureen keeps trying to kill herself. But what can a devil-may-care beach bum do for a young troubled mind?

Year: 1968

 

 

Titles

Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1964A Purple Place for Dying by John D. MacDonald Private Eye, Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1964Nightmare in Pink by John D. MacDonald Murder Mystery, Travis McGee, New York City
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1964The Deep Blue Good-By by John D. MacDonald Private Eye, Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1964The Quick Red Fox by John D. MacDonald Extortion, Travis McGee, Hollywood
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1965A Deadly Shade of Gold by John D. MacDonald Private Eye, Stolen Goods, Travis McGee, Cuba, Los Angeles , Mexico
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1965Bright Orange for the Shroud by John D. MacDonald Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1966Darker Than Amber by John D. MacDonald Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1966One Fearful Yellow Eye by John D. MacDonald Extortion, Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1968Pale Gray for Guilt by John D. MacDonald Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1968The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper by John D. MacDonald Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1969Dress Her in Indigo by John D. MacDonald Missing Person, Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1970The Long Lavender Look by John D. MacDonald Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1971A Tan and Sandy Silence by John D. MacDonald Missing Person, Private Eye, Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1973The Scarlet Ruse by John D. MacDonald Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1973The Turquoise Lament by John D. MacDonald Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1975The Dreadful Lemon Sky by John D. MacDonald Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1978The Empty Copper Sea by John D. MacDonald Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1979The Green Ripper by John D. MacDonald Revenge, Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1981Free Fall in Crimson by John D. MacDonald Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1982Cinnamon Skin by John D. MacDonald Travis McGee
Blue DotBlue DotBlue Dot1985The Lonely Silver Rain by John D. MacDonald Travis McGee

 

 

 


 

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