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The Green Ripper by John D. MacDonald

The Green Ripper (1979)

by John D. MacDonald

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Series: Travis McGee (18)

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The Green Ripper continues from Travis's love interest in The Empty Copper Sea, Gretel, they're planning a life together until she is murdered. At this point Travis embarks on a mission of revenge to find the person responsible.

It's definitely one of the more violent McGee books, however the additional violence felt very much in place and not merely added for the sake of it. Builds to an excellent ending, maybe the best book in the series so far, Tan & Sandy Silence seemed to have been a low point in the series and everything following has been better. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Jun 1, 2017 |
McGee has decided that maybe, at last, he's found the Real Thing with Gretel, but then she's ruthlessly murdered -- worse, he and Meyer discover this is just one of a long series of killings involved with the plans of anarchistic revolutionaries hiding behind the mask of a religious cult, the Church of the Apocrypha. Except that, of course, the revolutionaries are actually being run by far more sinister forces . . . In due course, McGee infiltrates one of their armed training camps, and after that it becomes a question of kill or be killed.

This is the most violent of the Travis McGee novels I can remember reading -- although it's been a long while since last I did so, so maybe the others have a similar body-count! ( )
  JohnGrant1 | Aug 11, 2013 |
Since I haven't read the entire series, I don't have any sense of who Gretel is, but certainly she comes across as a life-changing person for Travis McGee. If this is so, and she's not just another of his endless succession of boat bunnies, this is a very sad book.

At first the book gives the sensation that McGee is going to take on an international global conspiracy. That never goes very well in a book with only a couple of hundred pages; the author tends to spend several pages explaining how careful and secret the organization is, and then the secret agent waltzes in and cleans everyone out. Luckily, whatever the followup is, McGee is content to only take on a small unit of the conspiracy. Even then, MacDonald feels the need to point out that he had to be extremely lucky to make it out alive. Travis works much better when he's bumming around on his boat in Florida. ( )
  benfulton | Jun 10, 2011 |
McGee fans generally agree this one is separated from other McGee books for two reasons: the religious cult and the flavor of spiritual, and mostly because Gretal is the woman we wish McGee would have married for the rest of the series. In fact, I have patterned June in the 22nd McGee chronicle I'm writing after Gretal, at lest physically. ( )
  andyray | Feb 12, 2008 |
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If you happen to pick it up first, The Green Ripper (1979) is fine on its own, but its incredibly violent final act shocks those of us who started from the beginning. It takes someone we know and it pushes him so far beyond his known limits that it's breathtaking.

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Fanaticism is described as redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim. George Santayana
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Meyer came aboard The Busted Flush on a dark, wet, windy Friday afternoon in early December.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449224813, Mass Market Paperback)

"McGee has become part of our national fabric."


Beautiful girls always grace the Florida beaches, strolling, sailing, relaxing at the many parties on Travis McGee's houseboat, The Busted Flush. McGee was too smart--and had been around too long--for many of them to touch his heart. Now, however, there was Gretel. She had discovered the key to McGee--to all of him--and now he had something to hope for. Then, terribly, unexpectedly, she was dead. From a mysterious illness, or so they said. But McGee knew the truth, that Gretel had been murdered. And now he was out for blood...

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The pleasures of life aboard the Busted Flush are interrupted by a murder that plunges Travis McGee into a nightmare where nothing is as it seems, including the Church of the Apocrypha which he must infiltrate to find the truth.

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