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Ett stilla silverregn (1985)

av John D. MacDonald

Serier: Travis McGee (21)

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"As a young writer, all I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me." -- Dean Koontz Travis McGee has luck to thank for his reputation as a first-rate salvager of stolen boats. Now Billy Ingraham, a self-made tycoon, is betting that McGee can locate his $700,000 custom cruiser. McGee isn't so sure. He knows all too well the dangerous link between Florida boatjackings and the drug trade, and he's vowed never to swim with the sharks -- but if he wants to keep his head (aka finances) above water, swim he will. "The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author." -- Jonathan Kellerman Even though McGee doesn't feel like sticking out his neck for this case, Billy's wife, Millis, convinces him to step up to the challenge. Sort of. After a pilot friend leads him to the stolen vessel, McGee immediately regrets not going with his gut. The yacht is no longer an ordinary boat. . . . It's a slaughterhouse. After witnessing the sordid scene, McGee realizes he's knee-deep in the white-hot center of an international cocaine ring. In the midst of this terrifying ordeal and an affair with a very dangerous woman, McGee is shocked by the return of a secret from his past. Over the years, McGee has recovered many wrecks -- now he'll need to salvage his own life. "There's only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again." -- John Saul… (mer)
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Not sure if this was published post humously or not. I even wondered if it been written earlier in the series and saved for the last McGee. It has the expected adventures and womanizing but it is filled with more than the usual dose of introspection which os to day a lot. It does end with an element suggesting a sequel with a segue into a different kind of partnership.
I have re read most of the McGee stories by listening to them as audio books. But the last few only became available recently. I’m sure I read this when it was published. I may even have the hard bound. I have to check.
A lot of cutting comments about the drug trade in Miami, something MacDonald must have abhorred. He does make a pressing reference to legalizing the drug trade. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Mar 26, 2020 |
The last book in the Travis McGee series. Written in 1985 and he died a short time later. This book reveals that he has a daughter and she shows up at the end of the book in an unusual way. Her appearance has nothing to do with the plot of the book which was a good one. ( )
  pgabj | Jun 23, 2019 |
This was the last novel in the McGee series as MacDonald died a year after it was published. The plot finds Travis hired to find a stolen yacht for his friend Billy Ingraham. He quickly does locate it partially hidden in mangrove on an island. He takes a boat and goes to see what shape it is in only to find it contains four dead bodies in advanced state of decomposition. Noting that the dead had been tortured before they were killed, McGee clears out and anonymously reports it to the coast guard as he knows the killers are part of the drug trade.

One of the dead is the niece of a drug lord in Peru and he puts out a contract on McGee and Ingraham because he thinks McGee did the murders. After several near misses from assassins, McGee seeks to get the facts to the drug cartel. Eventually he discovers who did the murders and he puts their names in the rumour mill which starts a major killing spree among the drug dealers.

Meanwhile, cats made out of different coloured pipe cleaners keep appearing in his houseboat. Looking for a clue as what they mean, he comes up empty. Eventually he captures the person leaving them and discovers she is a daughter he did not know he had fathered with the now deceased Puss Killian. This opens a new future for McGee which MacDonald never had the chance to pursue. ( )
  lamour | Mar 30, 2019 |
A good way to end the series... ( )
  leslie.98 | Oct 9, 2017 |
The Lonely Silver Rain is the final volume in the 21-book Travis McGee series and it matches the extremely high quality level of the rest of the series. Absolutely terrific read.

This volume is not all about McGee riding off into the sunset. It, however, has a slightly different flavor than other McGee books. Here, McGee is not the hunter so much as the hunted and he doesn't exactly find it to be the most comfortable feeling. Someone wants him dead for slightly off kilter reasons having to do with misplaced dreams of vengeance. And it's going to take all his resources to fend off South American narco hit squads.

MacDonald packed a lot into this book including a stolen yacht, a gold digging blonde, a drug war, an eyepatch, a trip to the Yucatan, comforting a widow, angry family members, mysterious gifts, explosions, stabbings, bodies strewn about, a nurse being traded like a baseball card, and all sorts of random violence and suspicions.

This is one of the quickest reads of the whole series and this tale has a furious and relentless pace.
If you've never had the good fortune to read about Travis McGee, you are in for quite a treat. If you've read this series before, you kind of know what to expect. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
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"As a young writer, all I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me." -- Dean Koontz Travis McGee has luck to thank for his reputation as a first-rate salvager of stolen boats. Now Billy Ingraham, a self-made tycoon, is betting that McGee can locate his $700,000 custom cruiser. McGee isn't so sure. He knows all too well the dangerous link between Florida boatjackings and the drug trade, and he's vowed never to swim with the sharks -- but if he wants to keep his head (aka finances) above water, swim he will. "The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author." -- Jonathan Kellerman Even though McGee doesn't feel like sticking out his neck for this case, Billy's wife, Millis, convinces him to step up to the challenge. Sort of. After a pilot friend leads him to the stolen vessel, McGee immediately regrets not going with his gut. The yacht is no longer an ordinary boat. . . . It's a slaughterhouse. After witnessing the sordid scene, McGee realizes he's knee-deep in the white-hot center of an international cocaine ring. In the midst of this terrifying ordeal and an affair with a very dangerous woman, McGee is shocked by the return of a secret from his past. Over the years, McGee has recovered many wrecks -- now he'll need to salvage his own life. "There's only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again." -- John Saul

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