How to you extort $600,000 from a dying man? Someone had done it very quietly and skilfully to the husband of Travis McGee's ex-girlfriend. McGee flies to Chicago to help untangle the mess and discovers that, although Dr. Fortner Geis had led an exemplary life, there were those who'd take advantage of one "indiscretion" and bring down the whole family. McGee also discovers he likes a few members of the family far too much to let that happen....
©1966 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. Renewal © 1994 Maynard MacDonald (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I wish I had researched this audiobook more thoroughly before purchasing it. I love crime and mystery stories and the synopsis and the first few chapters suggested that there was a great mystery to be solved by the protagonist Travis. But it wasn't until that I listened to the opening chapters a couple of times that I reached for Google to discover more about the author. Finally the sexist, racist, homophobic and old fashioned views in the story made sense. The story was set in the mid 60s. I didn't finish, I was keen to know the solution to the mystery, but the attitudes and dialogue of the characters were too uncomfortable.
"It seems over but then it gets REALLY interesting!"
Yes! It's flawlessly constructed.
Travis McGee is brutish and intuitive.
Well, this series is all about Travis McGee--a very interesting fellow.
Cant tell you--it would spoil it. :-)
"Winter in Chicago and a Nightmare From the Past"
Travis McGee receives a call for help from his old friend Glory Doyle; her husband Fortner Geis a noted surgeon died of cancer and $400,000 1968 dollars is missing with no trail. Both of the doctor's Children feel certain that Glory is behind the loss of their inheritance so she gets no support from those who were part of his life before they met. As Travis ambles around Chicago talking to the family and friends of the doctor he begins to discern patterns in the events of the last year on the good doctor and his loved ones.
An emergency summons blows the case open and the doctors's beautiful but repressed daughter reveals a morass of Freudian feelings about daddy. Her next move of course is to jump Travis momentarily; then immediately puts the brakes on her libido but a breakthrough has happened. They agree that this mutual attraction should progress.
However unknown to all but one character in this book an evil from the past is influencing current events and will come to effect McGee and those he holds dear and will; in the end touch everyone in the Geis family.
With certain exceptions along the way I enjoyed this book. As is per usual MacDonald's plot is solid, the story moves quickly containing just enough detail to flesh out the story line without bogging it down and though his view of women predates the baby boom era even the female characters are rounded and well formed. Plus his strength in story telling make this a compelling read and or listen. One reservation is the reader; perhaps someone should have explained to him that this wasn't Shakespeare or even Wuthering Heights.
"Still love John D."
This is a very good listen while driving.
Travis extricating himself from the grasp of a lonely, hot housewife.
I am on my 20th book from this series, which I started reading just a few weeks ago. They all seem to blend together but they're all very good. Start at #1 and work your way through.
"A nice suprise"
I hadn't expected the way this one would end. The twists near the end caught me completely by suprise. An excellent book!
"A fun read"
I first read most of John D McDonald's novels at first printing. This book was a fun read then. Today, I listened to the audio version and enjoyed it for some of the same reasons, but I found any references to cost, technology, and the relative values of the time most interesting. To say I was impressed with the plot/story line, writing today as much as I did in the 60's would be misleading. JOHN D. just doesn't match up to current mystery writers like Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, or even Clive Cussler. However, this is still a fun read.
"Just as good as always for MacDonald. "
I've listened to all of the Travis Mcgee series. This is one of the best.
"Trav McGee has grown on me."
And even though he has grown on me this book is not the best in the series.
The book is slow and hard to get into. The book leaps from problem to problem, and person to person. It is an odd book. If this is the book you want and you are unfamiliar with the series then I recommend starting at book one and not this volume.
all previous books in this were very entertaining and I gave four or five stars, but this is terrible! from start to finish it's self serving, preachy, a nightmare. don't give up on this series based on this drivel!
Many of the novels in this series are excellent. This one may be the author's best. John D. MacDonald had a unique and very colorful view of life. A raving individualist and environmentalist, he was also a master storyteller.
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