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
"I heard her gasp, They'd picked a great spot, steep rock on both sides. I'd hit the brakes, banged it (the car) into reverse, stuck my head out the window and went down the winding slope backward at a crazy speed. There was one hell of a crack, and a sharp peppery stinging on the back of my neck. It startled me enough to put me off. I banged the rock and came back onto the road again and into a curve and missed the curve, slid it backward onto a ride to a grinding stop, rear wheels lifted clear ...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
Another Travis McGee novel, this one notable only for its change of venue; Arizona this time rather than Florida. I was not particularly impressed by the story, but the pacing and dialog were of the familiar MacDonald quality. This isn't his best work, but any MacDonald novel is going to be worth reading.
For some reason MacDonald put Florida beach bum McGee somewhere out in the Arizona desert, trying to help a woman whose husband has apparently pilfered her sizable trust fund. Before he can even accept the case, she is shot dead by a sniper. Interesting set up, but the ensuing story meanders a bit, and it didn't provide a nifty plot twist like the previous novel. Not sure McGee's character was really developed much in this installment either. Of the first three novels, which I learned MacDonald ...more
Definitely the most enjoyable so far, this is the 3rd Travis McGee story. He's developing into such an interesting, 3-dimensional character. The story was interesting, the mystery was solved without my assistance and the other characters had flaws, strengths. Very good... Looking forward to number 4, The Quick Red Fox.
JDM knows how to write a good thriller as Travis McGee goes about solving a woman's murder that was covered up, helps the husband of the murdered woman, helps the sister of the murdered woman's lover, helps the police and finally helps himself to the virginal sister.
Crisp muscular prose, clean storytelling and the appealing bummy hero Travis McGee compensate for some dated Freudian stereotypes. The dark revelation at the finale is also handled well, and all in all, a good read.
I knew these would be dated, and likely sexist and racist (and they are), but what finally wore me down was the facile pop psychology "insights." This is, therefore, my last one. Important to the genre they may have been, but they are no more readable today than are most of the 1940's space opera yarns from the pulps.