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The quick red fox (edition 1995)

by John Dann MacDonald (Author), Carl Hiassen (Introduction)

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Title:The quick red fox
Authors:John Dann MacDonald (Author)
Other authors:Carl Hiassen (Introduction)
Info:New York : Ballantine Books, 1995, c1964.
Collections:Your library, Your library - paperbacks, Read
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Tags:fiction, mystery, blackmail, stalkers, strong female characters, first person, male protagonist

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The Quick Red Fox by John D. MacDonald

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From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Quick Red Fox is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.

She’s the opposite of a damsel in distress: a famous movie star, very beautiful, very much in control of her life. She’s just made one little mistake and now she needs Travis McGee to set it right. The money is good and Travis’s funds are in need of replenishing. But that’s not the only reason he takes the case. There is the movie star’s assistant—efficient and reserved, with a sadness underneath that makes McGee feel he’d brave any danger to help her.

“John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all us in the field. Talk about the best.”—Mary Higgins Clark

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.

They begin by tracking down everyone associated with the lurid evening, and soon enough they’re led on a chase across the nation as murder after murder piles up. Further complicating matters, Travis and Dana’s relationship soon turns steamy. And just when he thinks he knows exactly where things are headed, one big twist shakes McGee’s life to the very foundation.
Well, I’m continuing my McGee journey month by month. This was the fourth instalment in the twenty-one book series which MacDonald wrote and had published between 1964 and 1985. Incidentally, the first four were all published in 1964. I don’t believe that would happen today.
McGee is engaged by Lysa Dean, Hollywood hot property to get her out of a jam. After indulging in a sexual free-for-all with some guests on a break a year or so ago, she’s being blackmailed with photographic evidence of the shenanigans. McGee’s task is to remove the threat and try and recover some of the money paid.
Travis sets out on the recovery mission with the strait-laced Dana Holtzer, Dean’s disapproving assistant in tow. After identifying most other of the other orgy members, Travis and Dana traverse the country, catching up with and eliminating some of the players along the way. As the journey gathers pace, there appears to be someone else, a step or two ahead of them eliminating some of the participants in the sex-games.
This book was more enjoyable for me than the second and third in the series, maybe a notch under the standard of the first – The Deep Blue Goodbye.
McGee; sage, part-time philosopher, granite chin, iron fists and with a tender, caring disposition is an interesting companion to share a few hours with each month. He strikes me as a deeply moral person. He has his own code to follow - a short-haired hippy, minus the predilection for meaningless sex and drug abuse. Not adverse to violence when it is needed, but never as his first resort. I wonder how he would view the world fifty years on from this adventure.
4 from 5
Bought second-hand as an omnibus edition online recently, so books 5 and 6 are already lined up.

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  col2910 | Apr 17, 2014 |
Synopsis/blurb.....

From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Quick Red Fox is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.

She’s the opposite of a damsel in distress: a famous movie star, very beautiful, very much in control of her life. She’s just made one little mistake and now she needs Travis McGee to set it right. The money is good and Travis’s funds are in need of replenishing. But that’s not the only reason he takes the case. There is the movie star’s assistant—efficient and reserved, with a sadness underneath that makes McGee feel he’d brave any danger to help her.

“John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all us in the field. Talk about the best.”—Mary Higgins Clark

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.

They begin by tracking down everyone associated with the lurid evening, and soon enough they’re led on a chase across the nation as murder after murder piles up. Further complicating matters, Travis and Dana’s relationship soon turns steamy. And just when he thinks he knows exactly where things are headed, one big twist shakes McGee’s life to the very foundation.

Well, I’m continuing my McGee journey month by month. This was the fourth instalment in the twenty-one book series which MacDonald wrote and had published between 1964 and 1985. Incidentally, the first four were all published in 1964. I don’t believe that would happen today.

McGee is engaged by Lysa Dean, Hollywood hot property to get her out of a jam. After indulging in a sexual free-for-all with some guests on a break a year or so ago, she’s being blackmailed with photographic evidence of the shenanigans. McGee’s task is to remove the threat and try and recover some of the money paid.

Travis sets out on the recovery mission with the strait-laced Dana Holtzer, Dean’s disapproving assistant in tow. After identifying most other of the other orgy members, Travis and Dana traverse the country, catching up with and eliminating some of the players along the way. As the journey gathers pace, there appears to be someone else, a step or two ahead of them eliminating some of the participants in the sex-games.

This book was more enjoyable for me than the second and third in the series, maybe a notch under the standard of the first – The Deep Blue Goodbye.

McGee; sage, part-time philosopher, granite chin, iron fists and with a tender, caring disposition is an interesting companion to share a few hours with each month. He strikes me as a deeply moral person. He has his own code to follow - a short-haired hippy, minus the predilection for meaningless sex and drug abuse. Not adverse to violence when it is needed, but never as his first resort. I wonder how he would view the world fifty years on from this adventure.

4 from 5

Bought second-hand as an omnibus edition online recently, so books 5 and 6 are already lined up. ( )
  col2910 | Jun 14, 2013 |
I always like MacDonald's little wise, cynical essays, which are embedded in these novels. They remind me of the ones scattered through Fielding's "Tom Jones". ( )
  EricKibler | Apr 6, 2013 |
MacDonald is always sure to deliver an entertaining and well-crafted read, and The Quick Red Fox is no exception to that rule. Its plot involves a movie star of questionable character who contracts McGee to track down the individuals trying to blackmail her for her part in a drunken orgy.

As with any McGee novel, McGee takes a damaged lady and nurses her back to mental health with his tender masculinity and lots of sack time. And, of course, he (as the first person narrator) moralizes and pontificates about nearly everything that crosses his path. It would become tiring if McDonald wasn't so damned good at moralizing and pontificating. His diction and imagery and metaphors are spot on, and he weaves a very entertaining plot as Travis jets around the country trying to crack the mystery.

As one of the previous reviewers said, the McGee novels can get kind of formulaic, but I don't mind so much. You can put up with formulaic if the writing is good enough, and McDonald's writing is top-notch. ( )
  WillyMammoth | Sep 13, 2010 |
One can almost feel sympathy for Travis McGee in this, the fourth of John MacDonald's series of novels about the character. This time he's trying to find out who is trying to blackmail a Hollywood star with some very nasty photographs taken during a drunken outdoor orgy. Perhaps sobered by the luridness of the whole thing (he is quite the moralist), he is on his best behavior. Best behavior for McGee may still include pretending to be a gang thug and threatening to kill someone in order to get information, or beating up a couple of lesbians who try to attack him, but if you have read the other books in the series, you'll still appreciate his softer side here. Of course, there are several damaged women thrown into the mix, and you don't need a PhD to figure out where that is going. And there are the usual MacDonald rants; this time he savages Phoenix, Las Vegas, and (with gleeful venom) San Francisco. So all the classic MacDonald elements are here and the pace never falters; you'll just breeze through it. I will say, however, that at this point in my reading of the MacDonald canon, the non-McGee books have a distinct edge in quality. ( )
  datrappert | Sep 7, 2010 |
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From the author of A Purple Place for Dying and The Deep Blue Good-by comes the republication of the bestseller starring Travis McGee, a real American hero. Reissue.

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She's the opposite of a damsel in distress: a famous movie star, very beautiful, very much in control of her life. She just made one little mistake and now she needs Travis McGee to set it right. The money is good and McGee's funds are in need of replenishing.But that's not the only reason he takes the case. There's the movie star's assistant, efficient and reserved, with a sadness underneath that makes McGee feel he'd brave any danger to help her.… (more)

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