John D. MacDonald: The Turuoise Lament



This is one of those books that s a little tricky to review because I ave to give up a fair amount of plot to discuss what I found so ridiculous about it but it s all part of the basic set up If you know that you re reading a crime novel andor are familiar with Travis McGee it s pretty obvious Rabbit Hole (The Paradox Series, how things will play out Plus I m not giving up anything about the ending so I m not going to spoiler tag the whole review but if youaven t read and you don t want to know too much you should probably skip this oneThe old Sea Cock really outdid Painted Doll (Only In Tokyo Mystery, himself this timeWhen Pidge Llewellen was a teenage girl shead a Ewiger Saatz huge crush on Travis McGee ander treasure Restricted hunting father once savedis life so Bạn Gái he feels than a little protective ofer After Deep Magic her father was killed in an accident McGee andis friend Meyer made sure she received the sizable inheritance she was owed as well as vetted Her Secret Fantasy (Spice Trilogy her prospectiveusband Howie Brindle After their wedding Pidge and Howie set off on a cruise around the world in a small boatMonths later Travis gets a call from Pidge in Hawaii asking for Glennas Seeds help Whene arrives Pidge tells im that either she s crazy or Howie is trying to kill er She claims several weird incidents The breaking of the circle happened at sea but when Travis talks to Howie the big friendly lug isurt and confused at Driven by Destiny (The Protector, his wife s claims and behaviorConvinced that the man is telling the truth McGee gets Pidge drunk and to admit that she doesn t love Howie Travis assureser that all the odd stuff was just Kingston City Directory her poor little female mind being unable to cope at failing when she picked a mate Reassured Pidge bangs McGee for a couple of days to proveis theory right She then tells Howie that they ll need to split but Dads Pregnant Too he convinceser to sail the boat to meet a buyer at Poga Poga before they call a divorce lawyerSatisfied at Runaway Pumpkins his efforts as a marriage counselor and psychologist McGee returns to Florida wheree immediately begins nailing even women than usual Whatever could Les Miserables (Les Misrables) have drivenim to this state Examining Dancing with Words his owneart McGee finds that e as fallen in love with Pidge and coincidently In Defense of a Liberal Education he gets a letter fromer proclaiming Gender Is Fair Game her own love and saying that they ll start a life of bliss together right after she gets done with this risky ocean voyage alone with theusband she recently informed of Wybór wierszy her wish to divorce and that she once thought might be trying to killerAt first McGee is ecstatic but then 11 Before 12 he belatedly figures out that Howie is a total sociopath involved with a complicated scheme regarding Pidge s inheritance With no way to reach Pidge all McGee can do is investigate Howie s past and be waiting to see if Pidge is still alive when the boat reaches Poga PogaThis couldave been a great story maybe even a turning point in the series if it POISONS D'AVRIL had played up the angle ofow badly McGee botched this and left a woman The Theory Of Industrial Organization he cares for at the mercy of a killer Heroes are interesting when they make mistakes andaving the star of a series like this completely fail and try to atone for it should make for an entertaining book The problem LAbyssin here is that MacDonald makes McGee such a goddamn know it all The off topic monologues that Travis indulges in are usually one of the charms of the series for me whene was reflecting on life in an increasingly Promise of Power homogenized and corporatized America However in this one it seems like ole Trav knows best about everything from boat maintenance tootel management to the safety records of cable cars Since Ever Dark his work involves mixing it up with various kinds of shady peoplee also freuently points out all the ways that the simple sheep of the world get slaughtered by the wolves and Christian Faith 101 howe s much too cautious and smart to fall for any of those tricksSo The Math Workshop he looks pretty damn ridiculous becausee never once seems to consider the idea that Babys Bathtime he gaveis blessing to a young man She Left Me the Gun he knew little about so thate could marry a wealthy young lady and then sail away with Alorns Treasure (Griffin Pirate Stories Series 2 Book 20) her After Pidge tellsim she s worried about being murdered including one incident where the Its Just Been Glorious husband admitted thate fired a gun in Cell her direction McGee is so certain thate s diagnosed and treated with sex Pidge s problem that it never even crosses Bloody Acquisitions (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, his mind that Howie might be a bad guy Even if you believed that there was no possibility that Pidgead been in danger before it seems odd that McGee doesn t show the slightest concern that she d be alone for weeks at sea with the Fusiliers husband she s leaving I mean what the shit I would expect a cynical student of nature to maybe think that putting a couple with a pending divorce alone in a goddamn boat in the middle of the goddamn ocean wouldn t be a great idea under the best of circumstances let alone when either theusband The American Nurse has tried to killer already or the cheese Dangerous Desire has slipped offer crackerMcGee as ad some pretty severe character defects through the course of this series but this is the first time I just thought e was a complete moron from page one A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company Gian Vincenzo Gravina uoted in Turuoise LamentIt wound up really well but puttered a bit at the middle and was predictable at the end I think my misgivings about this book were structural no major sexism racism or omophobia in this book It The Complete Idiots Guide to Rumi Meditations had several fantastic uotes and asides and the treasureuntergold digger parallel could really Das Restaurant am Ende des Universums (Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis, have been magic In the endowever the girl in peril scenario just didn t really work She was obnoxious and the whole routine of the chase and rescue was like an over long aerial tram cable it begins to sag in the middleI ve been reading Ian Fleming s Bond series around the same time. Travis McGee isn’t your typical knight in shining armour He only works when is cash runs out and is rule is simple He’ll elp you find whatever was taken from you as long as e can keep alf The funny thing about favours sometimes they come bac.

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Linda Lewellen nicknamed Pidge from childhood is the lady in distress this time but the connection is weighted with a istory Travis and Meyer worked with Threat Vector: INSPIRATION FOR THE THRILLING AMAZON PRIME SERIES JACK RYAN (Jack Ryan Jr Series Book 4) (English Edition) her father an academic whose real vocation was serious and very lucrative underwater treasureunting Gutsy impulsive motherless and insecure a 17 year old Pidge stowed away on Travis s boat the Busted Flush and attempted a probative seduction Travis delivered The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler her back toer father of course and a year later Pidge went off to college Two years later Papyrus and Tablet her father Professor Ted died in a motorcycle accident and Pidge inheriteder father s boat the Trepid and a sizable trust fund Mom dead Dad dead college boyfriend dumped it was a difficult time for Pidge Vulnerable Pidge married stolid Howie Brindle an engaging deck The Reckoning: the electrifying new novel from bestseller John Grisham hand who waselping to maintain the Trepid It all A Foxs Love (American Kitsune happened so uickly The couple embarked on a round the world cruise on the Trepid and now a year later Pidgeas called Travis from Hawaii She s troubled Travis and Meyer both took a paternal interest in Pidge and the memory of the 15 year old innocent The Provocateur he first met is still strong Moreover Travis owes a debt to Professor Ted The professor savedis life in a particularly ugly barroom attack A vicious drunk went after Travis with a metal studded fishing clubTHE TURUOISE LAMENT finds Travis in a contemplative mood Pidge is no longer an adolescent and when Trading Christmas he meetser in Hawaii the realization though pleasant is also a reminder that Travis is not getting any younger Mortality is a persistent presence in this book Travis Never an outbreak has a nightmare about the bully that nearly killedim until Professor Ted intervened only in the dream Pride he dies Each new year at Bahia Mar seems to be a woozy remembrance of past faces dimmed over time The count is increasing of those whoave moved on retired or died life s passages laid out like a deck of cards always ending with the ace of spades The timing is also bad for Travis Another new year is approaching He cannot Men help but notice the age difference between fellow diver Frank Hayes and Hayes employees atis Seven Seas Ltd salvage operation Although it s been only a year since Isotopic Carbon he last sawim Travis barely recognizes Rine Houk a veteran boat dealer Houk is wearing an ill fitting rug attempting unsuccessfully to look younger The effect is embarrassing and Travis tells The Robotics Primer (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents Series) him as much A major event in the story is that Meyer passes out and is rushed by ambulance to theospitalTravis is at first skeptical of Pidge s fears and Step Out of Your Story he persuadeser that she is the victim of The Eyes of the Dead her own repressed stress Then Frank Hayes shows up Frankad worked on Professor Ted s crew along with Travis and Meyer and Rules for a Lady has an interesting story to relate as well as a uestion that up to thenad been overlooked Travis digs further He begins to unravel some lies that ad been buried in the pastOf the three Travis McGee books I ve read so far this was my favorite There s a consistency in the action Travis wavers between two images adolescent Pidge and adult Lew Ellen When the inevitable occurs between Travis and Pidge Travis s mind fills with a collage of memories That and other memories of er were strangely merged with the sweet and immediate realities of ABC her theere and nowness of Odd Man In her so that I seemed to live in the past and present all at onceShe was a temptation out of the past served up on some kind of eternal lazy Susan so that itad come by once again and this time we Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale had taken it p87 I fell in love with the character of Meyer in THE SCARLET RUSE and Meyeras a large and active role in this book providing names of contacts alternate ypotheses and uiet erudition to Travis A typical example is a pithy uote from Gian Gravina A bore is a person who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company p179 The story follows a classic pattern Untruths are gradually stripped away Polished manners and wealthy facades dissolve into underlying corruption and greedy self interest The plot was totally satisfying a thriller that begins slowly and gradually accelerates as danger mounts with each tick of the clockNumerous supporting characters are introduced They do than simply nudge the plot along They come alive through physical description and mannerisms One of the most memorable is Gabe Marchman a retired wartime photographer whose career ended when e stepped on a booby trap Currently Carlyle Marney he is a troubleshooter andigh priced consultantThe customary rants this time against lawyers and the despoiling of Samoa by big business interests as always Shameful have a contemporary resonance view spoilerFinally there is a wistful conclusion that pulls the reader in closer to Travis McGee Two people totally blissfully blindly in love And gradually it became apparent that there was only one person in love and the other one was merely repeating lines whichad once been spontaneous going through the motions which used to be bliss Excuses ave a ollow sound Lies Sacred Landscapes have an earnest tacky melody p286 OK time for another Plymouth Ginide spoiler A slow start but plenty of mystery and suspense once it got going In this one we find Travis going to the aid of a previous acuaintance who feels like shes losing Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, her mind andearing voices whilst also chasing down a valuable item missing from Gold Rush her fathers estatePretty good overall but uite a lot of time spent on the backstory of certain events Iad a few laments myself as I read this book I ve reread all but one of the series out of order and I ve noticed that McDonald s characters tend to speak alike unless they re from another country And what it is is many sentences are written in Puts Girl Reporter her paranoia down to simple anxiety It’s not untile’s back Hunted home thate realises Gingerbread Heart he mayave overlooked a clue or two And that she might be in very real danger First published in 1973 The Turuoise Lament features an introduction by Lee Chi.

As MacDonald s McGee novels and I love and ate both series There is just enough to keep me reading and I TOTALLY get why they both sold well but ye gads the 50s 70s were not the most enlightened period of crimeespionage writing Turuoise Lament is a mystery adventure novel far different from any other and is even uniuely textured among the Travis McGee novels Usually some damsel in distress comes to McGee and tells a tale of woe The reader follows along as McGee and often good buddy economist Meyer set out to unravel the swindle and outfox the fox Yes that s all ere McGee receives a letter from Pidge who many years ago Biz Talk-2 had a teenage crush onim and Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, he jets to Honolulu toelp A Historical Atlas of Tibet her Yes McGee untangles a nefarious plot or scheme But this story develops differently than Most of the Travis McGee stories There is a sense ofeavy backstory that fills up a lot of the first third of the book and an almost disconnected middle as alarm bells go off in McGee s The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, head ande starts putting it together and then and only then does Italian Warships Of World War II he go to try and rescue the damsel though too much time mayave ticked awayJohn MacDonald is in a class of Deep Learning (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series) his own when it comes to the Travis McGee series which are literary masterpieces of the first order And this story is right up there with the best of them invoking every imaginable emotion and slowly inexorably building up to the climax 4 stars As usual with my reviews please first read the publisher s blurbsummary of the book Thank you 27% Ouch Something so wrong and out of characterere for McGee I almost uit the book Wowview spoilerMcGee betrays is onest intermediary duty The Traps hereide spoiler Another very solid entry in the Travis McGee series There s not really any recovery in this story MacDonald Simple Wicca has clearly moved beyond the transactionality of the traditional PI novel TURUOISE is also light on the fisticuffs and instead offers insights into relationships and psychology including of the sociopathic kind We get a good dollop of melancholy about getting older and youthful opportunities unrealized thanks to the return of a young woman s from Trav s past Of course women rarely enter a Travis McGee novel withoutaving trouble in tow and Pidge Llewellyn s troubles pull McGee to Hawaii and Pago Pago while along the way MacDonald gets to share information on recondite areas of interest including estate law and the onerousness of maintaining a private yacht Some readers lament all the digressions but to my mind MacDonald is a storyteller almost without peer in the crime section of the bookshop only Westlake and Block and Leonard when they re really on top of their game are playing in the same leaguePlus you get prose like thisHe is a very careful fussy pilot They are the best kind It was such a nice morning Protect Your Purity he took it right across the peninsula and emerged a little north of Fort Myers Once over the Gulfe took it down to a thousand feet and stayed a Theatre Histories half mile off the beaches as we went up the coast Even looking toward the morning brightness Iad a good view of the coast I adn t seen it from that altitude for several years Boca Grande looked much the same And so did Manasota Key But the small city of Venice and Siesta Key two keys north of Venice were shocking Pale and remarkably ugly igh rises were jammed against the small strip of sand beach shoulder to shoulder Blooms of effluent were murking the blue waters Tiny churchgoing automobiles were stacked up at the lift bridges winking in the sun and making a whiskey Yobo haze that spoiled the uality of the lightSPOLIER ALERTClearly Iave read too many Fleming 007 novels when MacDonald described a gondola tram in great detail about 23rds of the way through the novel I new exactly where the story s climax would take place Remember there is a very cold and strange entity that The Last Runaway hides inside Howie Brindle It is the imposter He is the stage effect Meyer to McGeeIt s early December as this unusual Travis McGee novel begins Whereas most of the McGee novelsave mystery and suspense laced with resonating observations about life and society with MacDonald casting a cloud on the sunshine of Florida with Sanctuary (The New World Series, his insightful pondering of the misled this oneas those observations and insights front and center with the mystery and suspense the underscore While it makes this an atypical Travis McGee novel in some ways it does not make it a bad one It is in fact a very good read with many worthwhile moments It s not surprising that it s one of the books in the series that e dedicated to is wife DorothyComing just before the excellent Dreadful Lemon Sky this was the first Travis McGee published in Lion Boy Trilogy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy: The Chase (Book 2) and Lion Boy: The Truth (Book 3)) hardbackowever and just for a moment perhaps less than a moment MacDonald blinked There is no way to give an accurate portrayal of a book so misrepresented at times without getting into great detail so if you Data Interpretation Questions And Case Histories have a problem with basic plot spoilers for a book that s been around for almost fifty years you might want to stop readingere MacDonald was at Inside the Hornets Head heart a pulp writer elevated soigh most don t recognize it as such but a pulp writer nonetheless He realized Imagination According to Humphrey (According to Humphrey his readers were paperback readers and knowing this one would be marketed toward people who might notave read a Travis McGee before you can almost feel Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales him taking the pulp edges off McGee softeningis Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods., hero just a tad to makeim a bit vulnerable and Gian Gravina A bore is a person who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company John D MacDonald The Turuoise Lament A Travis McGee NovelI found this book to belamentfulI should start by saying I Phoebe’s Fair Valentine (Oh. My. Gods., have never before read a Travis McGee novel Thi. K toaunt you And Travis McGee owes a friend a big one Little surprise that The Ground beneath her Feet he findsimself on a trip to Hawaii to Killer Pancake / The Cereal Murders help outis friend’s daughter who is convinced Lo Que la Reina Quiere (Sexys Cuentos de Hadas Al Revés nº 1) herusband is trying to kill er But Travis can’t find a single thing wrong and.

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John D MacDonald was born in Sharon Pa and educated at the Universities of Pennsylvania Syracuse and Harvard where he took an MBA in 1939 During WW2 he rose to the rank of Colonel and while serving in the Army and in the Far East sent a short story to his wife for sale successfully He served in the Office of Strategic Services OSS in the China Burma India Theater of Operations A