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Bright Orange for the Shroud (1965)

av John D. MacDonald

Serier: Travis McGee (6)

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"McGee has become part of our national fabric." SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER Usually women came to take refuge aboard The Busted Flush. But this time a man stumbled on board, a walking zombie who fell into bed. Turned out poor Arthur Wilkinson was the latest victim of a fragile-looking blonde sexpot who used the blackest arts of love to lure unsuspecting suckers into a web of sordid schemes. Travis had thought he'd have a quiet summer. Instead he took on the most cunning, heartless, vicious con artists he'd ever met....… (mer)

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Really, really good. A little darker than my usual fare, but the characters are just so good with all of their humanity on full display. The thing that really amazes me is that, although this book was released in 1965, it is not the least bit dated. Other than a couple of minor references (and what the stolen money was really worth), it could have been written today. A lot of that has to do with McGee living off the grid, I suppose. But good writing is good writing and this holds up nicely. ( )
  AliceAnna | Feb 24, 2020 |
As usual John D. MacDonald writes and tight and interesting thriller. This is another of the Travis McGee series and is good as usual. This author was always level above the other paperback novelist of the 50s-60s. Always a fun read.

When I start to burn out on History or Sci-Fi I just pick up a MacDonald novel. One of my fears is that I will read them all and I'll have to find another great thriller writer. ( )
  ikeman100 | Nov 1, 2019 |
A well done story allowing Trav to make mistakes that almost get him killed. Both the food and bad guys were well realized. It is fun to get on the time machine going back to the Florida of the fifties. I have to wonder if MacDonald himself had bad experience with real estate syndications. He seems to enjoy poking fun at country clubs and tennis. Everglades City and the sportsman's club haven't changed a lot, but Marco island is unrecognizable. The are still some elements of old Florida in Goodland and Chocoloskee (spelling?).
MacDonald certainly demonstrates the writing advice of show don't tell. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Apr 11, 2019 |
Travis has a friend that lost all his money in a SW Florida land scheme. Travis to the rescue. ( )
  pgabj | Dec 28, 2018 |
If you have been reading Spillane's Mike Hammer and Westlake's Parker, turning to MacDonald's Travis McGee is a bit like going from Van Halen to Jimmy Buffett. McGee is a guy who lives on a houseboat ("The Busted Flush") on the Gulf Coast waterways of Florida. He putters about and fishes and only works when he needs a stake. These novels have a relaxed pace that takes some getting used to.Reading these Travis McGee books is more like listening to a guy on a boat on a lazy afternoon spin his yarn. He meanders as he talks to tell you about the type of characters the people he's talking about are. He talks about the fishing off Marcos Island and Naples. He bemoans the fact that modern American cities are designed for cars not people, not even Ybor City which is being converted into some fake New Orleans.

In "Bright Orange For The Shroud," McGee is planning a lazy summer, getting by on the few bucks he has, when Arthur Wilkinson stumbles onto his boat. Arthur used to have a nearby boat where there was always an endless party and he had a cushy inheritance. Had is the operative word before little Wilma Ferner got a hold of him, married him, twisted him around and around her finger till his balls were practically in a jar on her nightstand. Wilma had a lush body and a husky voice. She was always on, always putting on her act, and all the gals were wary of her. And, he had his money before she introduced him to a bunch of land option swindlers who milked every last cent out of him and left him as nothing but a rotting husk of a man. That's when Wilma had disappeared.

This novel keeps the Florida boating feel throughout. It is a more complete work than "Nightmare in Pink." Worth a read just to journey onto the houseboat and listen to the waves lap at the sides of the boat. ( )
1 rösta DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
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"McGee has become part of our national fabric." SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER Usually women came to take refuge aboard The Busted Flush. But this time a man stumbled on board, a walking zombie who fell into bed. Turned out poor Arthur Wilkinson was the latest victim of a fragile-looking blonde sexpot who used the blackest arts of love to lure unsuspecting suckers into a web of sordid schemes. Travis had thought he'd have a quiet summer. Instead he took on the most cunning, heartless, vicious con artists he'd ever met....

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