Published by Audible Studios, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins on January 1st 1975
Genres: Mysteries & Thrillers
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...
(From the inside flap of the book jacket)
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It has been quite some time since I read my first Travis McGee novel and it wasn’t the first in the series, The Deep Blue Good-by, which I’m reviewing today. It was a book intriguingly entitled The Green Ripper which actually is book 18 in John D. MacDonald’s series whose hero has an unusual job title. McGee markets himself as a “Salvage Consultant” and his job description includes regaining lost or stolen property for owners who have no other means of getting it back. His fee? One-half the value of what he retrieves. In addition to his unusual job description, McGee has an unusual residence. He lives on board the Busted Flush, a houseboat he won in a card game. Over the years, I’ve read the books in random order which hasn’t detracted from the overall storyline since each book is a standalone; however, if you are new to the series, I would certainly recommend starting with The Deep Blue Good-by just so you get a proper introduction to a man who is many things to many people. One thing he is not is predictable. Despite his unconventional occupation, he is a man of principle who will surprise you with his sense of fair play and compassion. He may be a tough guy, but you will find he has a tendency to “take in strays” which can get him into some interesting and dangerous predicaments.
Robert Petkoff is a narrator who is very familiar to me. I’ve always found him to be an excellent performer, and since The Deep Blue Good-by is my first audio version of one of the Travis McGee books, he is now firmly imprinted in my head as Trav’s voice. I did take the time to do a quick check and it appears Mr. Petkoff is the voice for the whole series which gives me an excuse to revisit McGee World in audio format.
If you look at the titles of all the books in the series, one thing that will be apparent is that they’re all a little quirky and they all include a color. I wouldn’t spoil your fun by revealing what any of them mean, but if you read or listen carefully, the author will fill you in. I highly recommend this series to those who have a love of well-written suspense with characters who will stay with you long after the stories end. Sadly, there will be no new adventures for Travis since the author passed away in 1986, but the stories are timeless and I invite you to visit Travis and his friends on board the Busted Flush at slip F-18 at the Bahia Mar Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Click on this very informative website about the author and his work as well as the Travis McGee books: http://jdmhomepage.org