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The Long Lavender Look by John D. Macdonald

The Long Lavender Look (edition 1985)

by John D. Macdonald

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Title:The Long Lavender Look
Authors:John D. Macdonald
Info:Fawcett (1985), Mass Market Paperback
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The Long Lavender Look launches into the action with a dreary car trip back from a wedding turning bizarre with a woman running in front of their car causing Travis to look control and together with Meyer in the passenger seat they end up upside down in a roadside canal. Had that not been a weird enough night someone then takes some pot shots at them when walking back to town on the road, and finally in the morning when they get to a garage to arrange towing of the wrecked car the sheriff of a neighbouring county shows up and arrests them both for murder.

From here the tale of mystery grows to involve a prostitution ring being run by a police officer and the proceeds of a robbery which remain hidden.

Enjoyed this one, was probably in the top 3 of all the books in the series I've read so far. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | May 19, 2017 |
A decent entry in the Travis McGee series. Less social commentary but also less slightly offensive remarks about women. ( )
  leslie.98 | Nov 16, 2016 |
Another excellent book in the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald. McGee and Meyer end up the swamp swerving away from a young girl. They are held for questioning in a murder. McGee ends up solving the case for the sheriff's office. ( )
  terrygraap | Aug 5, 2015 |
Only the second Travis McGee I have read but I know I will read more.

They are "comfort food". Not as good in my view as the Perry Mason series , but I can understand how someone who had come across these first reaching the opposite conclusion.

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  bigship | Mar 23, 2014 |
After the exotica of Mexico in DRESS HER IN INDIGO, the claustrophobic confines of Cypress County, Florida cast a dark shadow over another journey through death, suffering, and the worst of human nature. Meyer, unfortunately, only appears at the beginning of the book long enough to get arrested, along with McGee, for murder, hospitalized, then at the end when the weary McGee returns to the Busted Flush to recuperate. In the grand comparison, McGee behaves pretty well in this one, but still manages to cause a few deaths by simply being near people. Meyer's presence would have made the whole book a lot more enjoyable. The plot takes a long time--about 50 pages too long--to unwind, and as byzantine as it is, I'm not sure it all really adds up. It revolves around $900,000 of hidden loot from an armored car robbery and the group of social deviants who are trying to find it. This is much more of a character study, and there are plenty of characters to observe. As usual, there are some conveniently talkative folks who give McGee most of what he needs in his quest for answers. This is hardly MacDonald's best work, but there are still considerable pleasures to be had here. ( )
  datrappert | Dec 29, 2013 |
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Late April. Ten o'clock at night. Hustling south on Florida 112 through the eastern section of Cypress County, about twenty miles from the intersection of 112 and the Tamiami Trail.
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Featuring an Introduction by bestselling author Carl Hiaasen, here is another colorful adventure involving freewheeling gumshoe Travis McGee with millions and murder in a deadly Florida town by one of mystery's best-loved bestselling authors.

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When Travis McGee is arrested for murder in Cyprus County, Florida, he finds himself in the middle of a mystery involving police brutality, blackmail, murder, and $920,000 in stolen cash.

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