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Den svavelgula himlen (1974)

av John D. MacDonald

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Serier: Travis McGee (16)

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"The professional's professional of suspense writers." THE NEW YORK TIMES Travis McGee has been offered easy money by a longtime lady friend. But when she gets killed, McGee's got a boatload of mystery. Navigating his boat into troubled waters, he heads for the seamier side of Florida--where drug dealing, twisted sex, and corruption are easy to find--but murderous riddles are hard to solve....… (mer)

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Another good thriller by the great John D. McDonald. This was not up to his usual standards but still a good story. I'll give it 3.5. As always I will continue to read a all of McDonald's books. He is the author who showed everyone else how to make pulp adventures into solid novels. ( )
  ikeman100 | May 13, 2020 |
While Trav doesn't salvage anything on the sense of most of his adventures he gets Tangled with an unsavory group and to many girls die. The premise is clever and the convolutions interesting. Changes in legal attitudes towards marijuana make the crime seem less plausible but the was plenty of smuggling across the shores of Florida for a very long time. If you enjoy the adventures of Travis McGee you should enjoy this. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Feb 27, 2020 |
This is an unremittingly dark and cynical look at life in modern (at least in MacDonald's time) Florida, where money is king, legal boundaries are just suggestions, and people have little hesitation to act out their darkest wishes. And I'm not talking about McGee himself. He is behaving better than average in this book, although his presence is still quite deadly. Two women he refuses to sleep with wind up dead pretty quickly. Other people die in odd, sometimes gruesome ways, or sometimes just for the hell of it. There's still five pages left - why not kill off someone else? Here, McGee and Meyer travel up the Florida Atlantic Coast in the Busted Flush to investigate the death of another of McGee's one night stands, a woman who only a couple of days previously came to the Busted Flush at 4 AM to drop off a large amount of money for safekeeping. Why the urgency? She wouldn't say. But she did want to sleep with McGee again. However, wary of some sort of trap, he refused. Or maybe it was because although she was only 30 and it had been six years since he had seen her, she now looked like she was 40. There is really no getting into McGee's mind. Luckily, Meyer is along for the ride and he proves invaluable in helping to sort out a very tangled web. It is a satisfying read along the way, because there is an ample amount of mystery to go along with McGee's and MacDonald's preaching. After finishing it, however, the plot seems a bit cartoonish. Of course, McGee does find a woman to sleep with during the course of the book, giving us a chance to read more than one of MacDonald's incredibly badly written sex scenes. He was a much better writer when describing boats or how development was ravaging Florida. Seeing blurbs on the cover calling him "the best novelist in America" is enough to make me laugh--or wonder about the state of 1970s American fiction. ( )
  datrappert | Sep 2, 2018 |
Another excellent addition to the Travis McGee series. In The Dreadful Lemon Sky McGee is given a large amount of money by a seemingly desperate old acquaintance with instructions to pass it on to her sister should she be killed. Shortly thereafter she is and McGee takes on board the job of investigating her death.

It's on of the best plots so far of the series, multiple layers of scheming and motives.

Ending was good and wound up all the plot threads. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | May 25, 2017 |
Travis McGee novels are most successful when there is a mystery to solve or a chain of events to uncover. Here there are both. McGee is awoken in the middle of the night by Carrie Milligan, an acquaintance of six years back, arriving with a shoe box under her arm stuffed with a little over $100,000. Assured that the money is rightfully hers and not stolen, McGee is asked to keep it safe for a month. Two weeks later Carrie dies as a victim of an unwitnessed hit-and-run. A couple of questions need answers: who killed her (if she was killed) and where did the money come from? It leads McGee and his best friend, Meyer, to the City and County of Bayside. But first. . . .

[Sexism Warning: Created in the Swingin’ Sixties this series was peppered with the chauvinism of the era, which the McGee novels never completely lost as it continued through the next decade and a half. Part of what made total eradication impossible, even in the face of changing times and sensibilities, was the first person narrative of a womanizer and self-professed beach bum. These tendencies did soften as McGee aged but even as a middle teen--as I was when I first read these books--I realized a lot of the character’s histrionics over his carnal motives were simply a mask for wanting and liking sex. Such was MacDonald’s skill that you could assign and argue real-world motives to fictional creations, but in the end the degree to which each reader as individuals can ignore such outdated attitudes will determine whether these books will frustrate and anger or deliver superior entertainment. There is nothing outdated about MacDonald’s storytelling.]

The Dreadful Lemon Sky was McGee’s 16th outing and by 1974 women no longer swooned because they were in his presence. They still became involved with him because he is the hero--it is a staple of the genre, after all--but now there were conflicting motives and underlying vulnerabilities; there were reasons beyond the expectations of the form. But Lemon has one scene that is unforgivable in any era. McGee stands by as a blithering housewife is slapped to the floor. His response? “I tried to look smaller and slower than I am”; an attempt to bait the villain into striking first. There were structural reasons to establish animosity between these two characters while withholding a physical confrontation, but clearly it doesn’t work.

The rest of the novel works to perfection. An intriguing setup allows McGee and Meyer to dive right into the characters and their lives and relationships. Though Carrie was a little older than her friends, most of them are the remnants of the hippie generation. His houseboat, which McGee brought with him to the seaside town, gives him an initial in with them. An incidental encounter upon his arrival helps with other residents. For the rest he uses what little he’d learned from Carrie. Not an uninteresting thing follows. The Dreadful Lemon Sky delivers on mystery, character, drama, action and romance.

The only real negative is so small that it can only slightly lower a five-star rating. There’s a fight to the death that may go on for too long. There are story reasons for this, too, but it may wear on some. Not for long, though. There are still revelations to come and a final altercation, which is where the novel takes its name.

It’s not to be missed. ( )
  JohnWCuluris | Oct 12, 2016 |
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I was in deep sleep, alone aboard my houseboat, alone in the half acre of bed, alone in a sweaty dream of chase, fear, and monstrous predators.
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I did not think I could placidly endure another gleaming salesman tell me that I had to have quadrophony sound, coming at me from all directions. I have never felt any urge to stand in the middle of a group of musicians. They belong over there, damn it, and I belong over here, listening to what they are doing over there. Music that enfolds you, coming from some undetectable set of sources, is gimmicky, unreal and eminently forgettable.
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"The professional's professional of suspense writers." THE NEW YORK TIMES Travis McGee has been offered easy money by a longtime lady friend. But when she gets killed, McGee's got a boatload of mystery. Navigating his boat into troubled waters, he heads for the seamier side of Florida--where drug dealing, twisted sex, and corruption are easy to find--but murderous riddles are hard to solve....

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