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The Scarlet Ruse (1973)

av John D. MacDonald

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Serier: Travis McGee (14)

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Some rare stamps, a generously endowed woman, and a syndicate killer serve to distract McGee from his beloved houseboat.

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Another pretty good John D. McDonald thriller. Always enjoyable. ( )
  ikeman100 | May 20, 2020 |
Travis always manages to find trouble despite his careful pondering of danger. He seems to find threats to his life coming from unexpected directions. And of course there are always the woman. Part of what makes the series fun is Macdonald’s ability to make the characters distinct and believable. The reader is privy to what is going on in his mind most of the time - but there are always a few twists held back. Meyer’s role as a counterpoint and thought provoker adds to the interest of the stories. The first person point of view adds excitement to the narrative. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Feb 2, 2020 |
Travis McGee is asked by his friend, Meyer, to look into a problem that an elderly stamp dealer named Fedderman was experiencing. Fedderman thought he had been relieved of thousands of dollars worth of rare postage stamps but could not figure out how it had been done. Travis is not interested until he meets Fedderman's beautiful employee, Mary Alice McDermit.

Travis is also having to find another mooring site for the houseboat on which he lives as the city commissioners have passed legislation banning permanent residents living on boats in city marinas.

The stamp switch involves gangsters trying to launder money via buying and selling rare stamps. Things become complicated and dangerous for Travis. ( )
  lamour | Jan 21, 2019 |
After being a bit disappointed with the last book in the series, Tan and Sandy Silence, I was immensely pleased to see MacDonald is back on form here in The Scarlet Ruse. A good mystery, organised crime, stamp collecting and murders - what more could you want?

The plot moves along methodically and logically keeping you interested and trying to guess whose responsible, then when you think you've got it all worked out another leaf unfolds changing things substantially.

The ending was a bit more sombre than usual, but that's not a bad thing, I would say it brought more depth to the character. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | May 21, 2017 |
Once more I followed Travis McGee into the heart of darkness. This, although better written than the previous one (A Tan and Sandy Silence), is a thoroughly depressing, less-than-entertaining wallow into senseless death, a mystery the author apparently doesn't really care about, obtuse explication, and over-longness! Even the frequent presence of Meyer can't make this one very palatable. At Meyer's request, McGee is called in to investigate the replacement of some valuable stamps with some run-of-the mill ones, but the story loses steam and only recovers near the end--right at the point where McGee is philosophizing about the nature of the male erection--and speeds to an ultra-violent conclusion, mostly driven by McGee's own miscalculations. The best books in the series overcome the awfulness of McGee with some genuine mystery, excellent settings, and some entertaining advice that might come in handy some day, such as if you're attacked by a charging watchdog. This book manages to turn Florida into a very grey place. It's hard to see the series recovering from here. But I'm sure I will press on to the end (or my end)! ( )
  datrappert | Jun 4, 2016 |
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