From a beloved master of crime fiction, A Purple Place for Dying is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. Travis McGees taking his retirement in installments while hes still young enough to enjoy it. But sooner or later, his money runs out and he has to work. This time McGees lured out West to a strangely secretive meeting with a woman in trouble, in a place whose beauty hides some ugly, dangerous secrets. John D. MacDonald created a staggering quantity of wonderful books, each rich with characterization, suspense, and an almost intoxicating sense of place.Jonathan Kellerman Mona is in love with a poor, young college professor and married to a wealthy man whom she is convinced is stealing from her trust fund. So she does what any self-respecting girl would do: She hires someone to steal her money back so she can run away with the love of her life. Travis isnt sure he wants to help out until he sees Mona getting shot an...
|Title||:||A Purple Place for Dying: A Travis McGee Novel|
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|Number of Pages||:||242 pages|
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A Purple Place for Dying: A Travis McGee Novel Reviews
18 may 15, #36 from macdonald for me, the 3rd travis mcgee story i will read and this is travis mcgee #3 just finished Nightmare in Pink...and been some time since i read the first, The Deep Blue Good-Bye
20 may 15, finished
good story. takes place out west state not named, esmerelda county, and there is an actual county in nevada by that name. in this one, it's not much of a spoiler to write that one dame dies early, within the first few pages give or take. money is involved. isn't it always invo ...more
One of the better Travis McGee books. Good story, well structured. Little contrived ( snake saves the day?! ) Otherwise pretty good. Liked it a lot.
James Bond, Thomas Magnum, Jim Rockford and Mike Hammer sit in a bar in Phoenix, discussing whiskey, women, handguns and John D. MacDonald’s 1964 Travis McGee novel A Purple Place for Dying.
Bond: Trav is my kind of gentleman, good with a gun, handy in a fight, and would make a good wing man. But too American though, too much of an individual.
Hammer: Easy Commander, you’re sitting at a table with some American men who don’t lose time for queen or country.
Magnum: Right James, all due res ...more
In 1964 John D. MacDonald broke many of the plot rules for popular fiction, several of the main-character rules, and took the narrative drive into social commentary. He kicked literary ass with Travis McGee. Travis is one of my faves, but there is a love/hate thing for him on GoodReads. #3 in the series; I've read this one 5+ times. @hg47
Slightly disappointing offering from the author I like to call the Michael Jordan of storytelling.
This is above average by any means, but what went wrong exactly here? The most interesting character aside from Travis McGee dies in the first chapter for starters and there's really just a poor recollection of her legacy throughout the novel. Mona Yeoman is just a pawn in something that's greater than herself, really. And so is McGee. He's stumbling in the dark a little bit in that one. The ending ...more
John D. MacDonald is my latest crime/mystery reading 'crush'.
Once again I'm surprised/amazed at how good some writer turned out to be who for years I never thought anything of. In this MacDonald's case I actually didn't realize that him and Ross MacDonald weren't the same person (because I'm stupid, which has been proven on many occasions here by those with more smarts and less manners than I have). And I remember finding the one Lew Archer book I read as being boring in the same way I've felt ...more
On my 2010 review of the Travis McGee series, this is the first of the novels that lived up to my memory. Travis is pulled in by an unhappy young wife to help her recover the estate left to her and stolen by her husband and he discovers that the story runs much deeper and becomes much more dangerous. It is gripping throughout. The characters are more fully drawn than in the previous novels and there is even mention of his "economist friend" Meyer, whom I know from experience will become on of my ...more
For more background, refer also to my GoodReads review of John D. MacDonald’s first Travis McGee book, The Deep Blue Good-By. From what I’ve learned, that book, its sequel Nightmare in Pink, and this book were all written at the same time in 1964, and then released in consecutive months. As a result, they’re all cut from the same cloth, and all equally establish the back-story of one Travis McGee, "salvage consultant".
Once again, we find McGee as a fish out of water, this time out west. He’s cal ...more