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A Tan and Sandy Silence (1971)

av John D. MacDonald

Serier: Travis McGee (13)

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From a beloved master of crime fiction, A Tan and Sandy Silence is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.   Travis McGee is unnerved when he receives an unexpected guest--real estate developer Harry Broll, who is convinced that McGee is hiding his missing wife. Angry and jealous, Harry gets off a shot before McGee can wrestle his gun away. The thing is, McGee hasn't seen or heard from Mary Broll in three years, and it isn't like her to keep troubles to herself--if she's alive to tell them.   "As a young writer, all I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me."--Dean Koontz   McGee is a heartbeat away from crisis. He's getting older, Lady Jillian Brent-Archer is trying to make him settle down, and he's just been shot without fair warning. Nervous that he's losing his touch, McGee decides to get Harry off his case and prove he's still in top form all in one fell swoop.   McGee's search for Mary takes him to Grenada, where he's soon tangling with con artists and terrifying French killers, not to mention a slew of mixed motives. No longer wallowing in self-pity, McGee has more pressing concerns--like saving his own skin.    Features a new Introduction by Lee Child… (mer)
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There are better McDonald books but it is still quite an adventure. The protagonist doesn't suffer fools, con-artist or lies. He is to world weary to put up with the BS.

Warning: If a hard man doing hard things to fix hard problems makes your woman parts hurt then avoid these books. ( )
  ikeman100 | May 20, 2020 |
Travis sticks himself into this adventure, travels to the Caribbean,Grenada, has a few brushes with death and bounces between a few lovely ladies. The story has plenty of twists and turns and enough detail to keep it interesting. How long will it be before a generation comes along that doesn’t know what a phone booth is? ( )
  waldhaus1 | Dec 19, 2019 |
I found myself feeling a little disappointed in the direction the character took in this book. Initially it seemed good, a bit of personal reflection, questioning of self motivation and life direction then a little later in the novel Travis is repeatedly choking a woman to get information out of her.
It sort of takes the evilness away from the character whose torturing and killing people too when the main good character is happy to choke people for information and threaten them.

Just found this one not as enjoyable as most of the others, seemed like it was trying too hard. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | May 20, 2017 |
Not one of his best McGee books imo ( )
  leslie.98 | Jan 20, 2017 |
Thoroughly depressing. While McGee isn't quite as bad to other people in this one as usual (he only tortures one woman), he is having a crisis of confidence, egged on by his buddy Meyer, that maybe he has gotten a couple of steps slower and won't be able to outdo the next person who comes to kill him. Which he just about proves throughout the book, basically forgetting to take care of himself when every reader of the book will be shouting to him to watch out. The story, such as it is, doesn't do anything to take away from the darkness. The plot is one of MacDonald's weakest, and the most pleasure from the book comes from its travelogue aspects, including a sojourn in Grenada. One of McGee's lovers may be in trouble or worse--so he sets out to look for her and find out what is going on with a big business deal her husband is involved in. Though McGee seems to have lost all his instincts for self-protection, he does manage to fix a bilge pump and remove a splinter. Meyer goes him one better, however, by curing four religious groupies of the crabs. And there are more dubious pleasures to be had. This ones reads as if MacDonald were making it up as he went along, and probably consuming more than a few too may Plymouth gins as he did so. ( )
  datrappert | Jan 8, 2015 |
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From a beloved master of crime fiction, A Tan and Sandy Silence is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.   Travis McGee is unnerved when he receives an unexpected guest--real estate developer Harry Broll, who is convinced that McGee is hiding his missing wife. Angry and jealous, Harry gets off a shot before McGee can wrestle his gun away. The thing is, McGee hasn't seen or heard from Mary Broll in three years, and it isn't like her to keep troubles to herself--if she's alive to tell them.   "As a young writer, all I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me."--Dean Koontz   McGee is a heartbeat away from crisis. He's getting older, Lady Jillian Brent-Archer is trying to make him settle down, and he's just been shot without fair warning. Nervous that he's losing his touch, McGee decides to get Harry off his case and prove he's still in top form all in one fell swoop.   McGee's search for Mary takes him to Grenada, where he's soon tangling with con artists and terrifying French killers, not to mention a slew of mixed motives. No longer wallowing in self-pity, McGee has more pressing concerns--like saving his own skin.    Features a new Introduction by Lee Child

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