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Pale Gray For Guilt (1968)

av John D. MacDonald

Serier: Travis McGee (9)

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With an introduction by CARL HIAASEN JOHN D. MacDONALD "...the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller." --STEPHEN KING "...a master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer." --MARY HIGGINS CLARK "...a dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character." --SUE GRAFTON "...my favorite novelist of all time." --DEAN KOONTZ "...the consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer." --JONATHAN KELLERMAN "...remains one of my idols." --DONALD WESTLAKE THE TRAVIS McGEE SERIES "...one of the great sagas in American fiction." --ROBERT B. PARKER "...what a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again." --ED McBAIN… (mer)
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This is likely the lowest rating I'll ever give a MacDonald novel. They're all pretty good and some are great. This one is just average which is unusual. I'll keep reading until I've read them all! ( )
  ikeman100 | Nov 20, 2019 |
McGee investigates and seeks revenge for the murder of an old friend. It involves an old boy network trying to make a fast buck on a land deal. Travis's relation to women is a bit more nuanced. It of course involves Travis trying to make a narrow escape from a desperate situation. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Jul 17, 2019 |
Travis McGee, if you are unfamiliar with his world, lives on a houseboat, The Busted Flush, in the Bahai Marina in Florida. It is an endless string of parties in a world unlike that of the 9 to 5 Joe. McGee doesn't necessarily work in the general sense, but does collect salvage for people who have been wronged and for who the laws and the system will never make whole. These are not hardboiled detective novels, but somehow they are imbued with the spirit of the lone avenger who all on his own is out to unmask the bad guys. These books contain the most amazingly spot-on characterization as well as capturing so much of a certain time and place.

This particular McGee features the shock of watching a friend ruined and murdered all because he wouldn't give up his tiny piece of land to a cutthroat developer. While McGee can't bring his friend back from the dead, he can make this animal bleed and so, with the help of Meyer and a tall redhead, he sets up an elaborate sting. This could have simply been titled The Sting. A throughly enjoyable adventure brilliantly conceived. Great stuff, indeed. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
Overall, this is a pretty good tale of revenge in 1960s small town Florida. There's a few details that kinda of ruined it for me though - the plastic villains who just fall in line with McGee's plans, like the finance guru who is sucked into a pump & dump scam that has him losing most of his capital whilst our characters scamper off with hundreds of thousands. It also took a little while to get going, once it did though it was a pretty good romp in typical McGee style. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | May 8, 2017 |
I found this 9th entry in the Travis McGee series to be above average -- it had the social commentary that I like so much without the sometimes disturbing 1960s view of women & sex. Don't get me wrong, there are women and sex! But some of the earlier books in the series had a bit too much of a masculine 50s/60s attitude about women which bothered me and I found that happily missing in this one.

As I have mentioned in some of my other reviews of the McGee books, Travis McGee is clearly the forerunner of the TV show Leverage; his job is to help out the guy who has been 'done wrong' by the rich & powerful. Usually the deal is for McGee to "recover" what was taken for a 50% cut but this time what was taken was his college buddy Tush Bannon's life. Perhaps the con he arranges with the help of his friend Meyer to punish the men who were trying to snatch Bannon's property is illegal or immoral but the reader is rooting for McGee to succeed all the way. ( )
  leslie.98 | Apr 1, 2016 |
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With an introduction by CARL HIAASEN JOHN D. MacDONALD "...the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller." --STEPHEN KING "...a master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer." --MARY HIGGINS CLARK "...a dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character." --SUE GRAFTON "...my favorite novelist of all time." --DEAN KOONTZ "...the consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer." --JONATHAN KELLERMAN "...remains one of my idols." --DONALD WESTLAKE THE TRAVIS McGEE SERIES "...one of the great sagas in American fiction." --ROBERT B. PARKER "...what a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again." --ED McBAIN

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