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Deep Blue Good-by; a Travis McGee novel (original 1964; edition 1981)

by John D. MacDonald

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Title:Deep Blue Good-by; a Travis McGee novel
Authors:John D. MacDonald
Info:Fawcett (1981), Mass Market Paperback, original copyright 1964
Collections:Your library
Tags:detective and mystery stories, Travis McGee series, Florida

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The Deep Blue Good-Bye by John D. MacDonald (1964)

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An interesting but clearly dated (due to the absence of modern technology) mystery/investigation story. Narrated in first person from the position of the protagonist Travis McGee who takes on the job of recovering a mystery stolen inheritance taken by an abusive womaniser. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Apr 17, 2017 |
I’ve never read a John D. MacDonald book before and I’ve read a lot of good things about the Travis McGee novels, so I thought I might start at the beginning for this series.

The entire book is almost an internal monologue, which suited me fine. The sex and violence was pretty intense for a book written in 1964... Quite unusual.

MacDonald's ability to create an engrossing, character-driven narrative is one of the strong points of the book.

20 more to go in the Travis McGee series...

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  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
Didn't love it, didn't hate it. ( )
  DCavin | Dec 15, 2015 |
This was my first book by MacDonald -- I figured it made sense to start at the beginning with the first Travis McGee. This series has been recommended to me by various people but I really had only one preconceived notion -- that McGee was a private eye. So I was a bit surprised by how hard-boiled the book was & that McGee isn't really an investigator by profession.

If you forget about the drinking and the sex for a moment, McGee is the precursor of the TV show "Leverage" -- he takes back what was stolen in the first place. A descendant of Robin Hood, so to speak, who operates on the shady side of the law but is still the 'good guy'... I enjoyed this aspect of the plot enough that it made me forgive the dated 1960s attitudes.

This isn't really a mystery -- there is no "whodunit" aspect. I guess that it is a thriller (or suspense? I get these two subgenres confused). I don't know if that is typical or not. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jan 19, 2015 |
Michael Pritchard is the reader & the audio quality was terrible on these old, second hand tapes, but I'm really glad I listened to it. While I've read a few of these books over the years, I've never read this, the first one. Originally, published in the mid 60's, the Travis McGee series was one of the staples of detective fiction for the next 10 or 15 years.

No, this really isn't a 4 star book, but it gets an extra one for being so popular & making such a wonderful break from the prudish 50's. One of the interesting things about McGee is that he has plenty of opportunities for casual sex with beach bunnies ready to hand &, while he occasionally indulges, he does so without much enthusiasm, more like a man who drops by McDonalds to simply satisfy his hunger. The meal isn't great, but it will do until he gets around to finding something better & he knows it. He's somewhat disappointed in himself for doing so. Of course he does find more meaningful relationships, but things rarely work out the way he plans.

McGee is no James Bond, more like Paladin in "Have Gun Will Travel". Our self-professed tough guy doesn't like to work & lives in semi-permanent retirement. He only takes on a job when there is a good chance of a substantial return & then takes 50% plus expenses - or so he says. It's fun watching him give in & rationalize his departures from his hard-hearted intentions.

The action is pretty well done & quite believable. McGee can take care of himself & he's a pretty big guy, but he's no superman. He lives aboard a house boat, so there is a lot of marine action off the Florida coast, too. It all seems pretty accurate to me & not terribly dated. Oh, it's set firmly in the 60's but he's a fairly progressive sort.

Not great literature, but a fun, filling, quick read - a bit more than just a candy book. Some of McGee's observations of people are quite interesting & somewhat thought provoking. I'm going to try to find some more of these from my local library, hopefully for download. Cassettes are such a PITA after dealing with MP3's.

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  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
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McGee had intended to spend a quiet evening on board his houseboat until Cathy Kerr changed his plans. One look into her twenty-six-year-old brown eyes gone mournful and hopeless and he knew that something or someone had done her unspeakable harm.

There were ways of getting rich during a war if you were smart enough, and apparently Cathy's father had been -- almost. Before he died in prison, he had hidden his long-held contraband, but not so well that the smiling, freckle-faced stranger who came to visit one day couldn't find the cache.

His name was Junior Allen, and when he finally walked out on Cathy Kerr he had dragged heer through so muc mud that it would be a long, long time before she would feel clean again. Whatever Allen had found that had made him suddenly wealthy, McGee was going to take it away from him -- for Cathy Kerr and all the other members of the Junior Allen Discard Club...
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He's 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....
With an introduction by CARL HIAASEN
"....the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller."
"....a master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer."
"....a dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character."
"....my favorite novelist of all time."
"...the consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer."
"...remains one of my idols."
"...one of the great sagas in American fiction."
"...what a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again."

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He's 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 ...… (more)

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