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THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY introduces John D. MacDonald's alter-ego, the rugged and articulate Travis McGee.

In this initial story, McGee comes to the aid of a lovely lady in soul-deep distress -- a lady who has been dragged through so much mud that she may never feel clean again. The plot concerns some precious stones, "liberated" by McGee's client's father in India during WW II.

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Overview

THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY introduces John D. MacDonald's alter-ego, the rugged and articulate Travis McGee.

In this initial story, McGee comes to the aid of a lovely lady in soul-deep distress -- a lady who has been dragged through so much mud that she may never feel clean again. The plot concerns some precious stones, "liberated" by McGee's client's father in India during WW II.

As The New York Times stated, MacDonald "is one of the most creative and reliable writers...and is a very good writer, not just a good 'mystery' writer."

Travis McGee is a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages and television. He only works when his cash runs out and his rule is simple--he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half. Original.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for John D. MacDonald and the Travis McGee novels
 
The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King
 
“My favorite novelist of all time . . . All I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me. No price could be placed on the enormous pleasure that his books have given me. He captured the mood and the spirit of his times more accurately, more hauntingly, than any ‘literature’ writer—yet managed always to tell a thunderingly good, intensely suspenseful tale.”—Dean Koontz
 
“To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.”—Kurt Vonnegut
 
“A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Talk about the best.”—Mary Higgins Clark
 
“A dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character . . . I envy the generation of readers just discovering Travis McGee, and count myself among the many readers savoring his adventures again.”—Sue Grafton
 
“One of the great sagas in American fiction.”—Robert B. Parker
 
“Most readers loved MacDonald’s work because he told a rip-roaring yarn. I loved it because he was the first modern writer to nail Florida dead-center, to capture all its languid sleaze, racy sense of promise, and breath-grabbing beauty.”—Carl Hiaasen
 
“The consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer . . . John D. MacDonald created a staggering quantity of wonderful books, each rich with characterization, suspense, and an almost intoxicating sense of place. The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author and they retain a remarkable sense of freshness.”—Jonathan Kellerman
 
“What a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again.”—Ed McBain
 
“Travis McGee is the last of the great knights-errant: honorable, sensual, skillful, and tough. I can’t think of anyone who has replaced him. I can’t think of anyone who would dare.”—Donald Westlake
 
“There’s only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again. A writer way ahead of his time, his Travis McGee books are as entertaining, insightful, and suspenseful today as the moment I first read them. He is the all-time master of the American mystery novel.”—John Saul
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449223833
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Series: Travis McGee Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.14 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

John D. MacDonald was an American novelist and short-story writer. His works include the Travis McGee series and the novel The Executioners, which was adapted into the film Cape Fear. In 1962 MacDonald was named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America; in 1980, he won a National Book Award. In print he delighted in smashing the bad guys, deflating the pompous, and exposing the venal. In life, he was a truly empathetic man; his friends, family, and colleagues found him to be loyal, generous, and practical. In business, he was fastidiously ethical. About being a writer, he once expressed with gleeful astonishment, “They pay me to do this! They don’t realize, I would pay them.” He spent the later part of his life in Florida with his wife and son. He died in 1986.

Biography

One of the most influential names in crime fiction, John D. MacDonald (1916-1986) was born in Sharon, PA, received his M.B.A. from Harvard University, and served in the OSS in India during WWII.

MacDonald's literary career began accidentally. While he was still in service, he wrote a short story, purely for entertainment. He mailed it home to his wife, who sent it to a magazine without his knowledge. The story was accepted. When MacDonald was discharged, he decided to try his luck at writing for a living. After dozens of submissions and rejections, he finally sold a story to Dime Detective, one of the popular pulp magazines of the day.

For several years, MacDonald made a decent living writing mysteries, Westerns, crime stories, and science fiction for the pulps. Then, in 1950, just as the demand for paperback books was increasing, he made the crossover to full-length fiction with The Brass Cupcake, a classic hardboiled detective novel featuring mobsters, corrupt cops, and a disaffected loner who falls for a beautiful woman. The writer had found his niche!

During the 1950s and '60s, MacDonald specialized in hardboiled crime novels -- mostly set in Florida, where he and his wife had moved after the war. For a long time, he resisted the siren call of series fiction. Then, in 1964, he succumbed -- introducing his legendary amateur sleuth Travis McGee in The Deep Blue Goodbye. A cynical knight errant and self-described beach bum who lives in Ft. Lauderdale on a houseboat named "The Busted Flush, McGee went on to star in 20 more adventures. His influence as a "type" can be clearly seen in the writing of several contemporary crime writers, including Carl Hiaasen, Lawrence Block, and George Pelicanos.

Throughout his long, prolific career, MaDonald would alternate the McGee books with standalone novels, nonfiction, and short story collections. As a genre stylist, he is without peer; yet most critics agree that his literary skills transcend the limitations of genre. Perhaps the novelist Kurt Vonnegut said it best when he made this shrewd assessment: "To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen."

Good To Know

Although MacDonald always included a color in the titles of the Travis McGee novels, he never used either black or white.

Several of MacDonald's novels have been adapted for movies -- most famously his 1958 novel The Executioners, which was filmed twice as Cape Fear.

Carl Hiaasen wrote this in the introduction to the 1994 reissue of The Deep Blue Goodbye: "Most readers loved MacDonald's work because he told a rip-roaring yarn. I loved it because he was the first modern writer to nail Florida dead-center, to capture all its languid sleaze, racy sense of promise, and breath-grabbing beauty."

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    1. Date of Birth:
      July 24, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Sharon, PA
    1. Date of Death:
      December 28, 1986
    2. Place of Death:
      Milwaukee, WI
    1. Education:
      Syracuse University 1938; M.B. A. Harvard University, 1939

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Need this as a nook book a.s.a.p. !

    Is it possible that I alone would buy this whole series (again) if only the publisher would offer it for the nook?

    As far as the books themselves, you either know what you'd have to look forward to--or, if you're new to the series I envy you the first reading. These are great books, written by a grand storyteller in his prime. John D. was among the first writers to mention the environment in more than a casual way. His true concerns though center on "the human condition." He wrote hard-boiled prose, but his heart was kind. He was like his invention, Travis McGee, a knight in shining armor--but with less tarnish.

    Please join me in requesting the publisher to release these wonderful novels for the nook. Thanks and I only hope you enjoy them as much as I have and hope to again.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2012

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    The Deep Blue Good-by

    This is the first in the highly-regarded Travis McGee saga by John D. MacDonald. A while ago I started it but I wasn't in the mood for this kind of book so I stopped but don't let that stop you. Once I started it again, I couldn't stop. McGee is a great character and I can see why he is almost a cult figure in a way. He's like a philosopher, not just an Eastwood-like tough guy which is still awesome and entertaining (I actually prefer Stark's Parker series to this) but it made McGee a much more unique male character. Wonderful prose, a great mystery, an amazing lead character and a surprisingly good supporting cast, McGee's first adventure invites readers to continue his long trek through Florida life.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    Do yourself a favor, read these books!

    If you love suspense, murder and wonderful characters, then read any of the Travis McGee books. I read them all 15 years ago and I'm re-reading them again now. I had forgotten how enjoyable these books are.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2001

    I LOVE BOOKS ABOUT FLORIDA

    Another great book that gives you the feel of Florida. Mr. MacDonald is always fun to read.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Reader1

    Read all the Travis McGee books years ago. One of the best detective series ever written. I am starting back through with this book. This book is one you can't put down and one of my favorites.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Travis coming out of retirement

    The baseline as a comparative for all mystery novels. The details from the Marantz stereo to the ills of Florida. The concept of being a salvage expert with just enough money to enjoy retirement a little bit at a time. Staying in shape and environmental concerns long before it was cool. It was a line in a jimmy buffet song that got me interested. Thank you jimmy. "Travis McGee sailed on to Cedar Key. Thats what old John MacDonald said" and if you just pay close enough attention to some of the philosophy, you will be better for it. True that!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    I enjoy all of the Trais McGee books. I have read them all many

    I enjoy all of the Trais McGee books. I have read them all many times.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Dobie Gillis

    Lead character??? More like Dobie Gillis than Clint Eastwood.
    Too soft of a character. Not believable.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Genius writer, brilliant character

    MacDonald tells a highly entertaining story, but it's the insights into human nature and various aspects of life that make his books truly exceptional.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Awesome

    Awesome

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Required reading for mystery fans

    Re-read and learn. Travis McGee is the prototype tough-guy hero. I read this series when it first was published and it still holds interest..

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    don't bother

    I was very disappointed. The characters do not have any depth and the plot is very weak.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2014

    Classic

    Read it again and again.

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    Highly checked out - you must recommend it!

    This is a book. The cover is mostly black and blue and the pages between the covers are black on white. My copy was written in English. It is the first in an agonizingly long lived sequence of books about a dude with the unlikely name of Travis McGee. It was published and subsequently sold, mostly in bookstores. If you read it once, you may never have to read it again. It will be your option, unless the teacher assigns it as a group project. Try it. If you're a fast reader, you'll only waste a couple hours out of what is likely to be a long life.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Many people know where they were when Kennedy was assinated, but

    Many people know where they were when Kennedy was assinated, but I know the sadness I felt the day I heard JDM died during heart surgery. I have read this series many several times, in order, and would recommend it to any fan of mystery,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    ? 1st time reader of Travis? I so envy, and am so happy for you!!

    This is easily among the top realm of detective fiction; actually, Travis calls it "just helping a friend out

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

    This is my first visit with Travis McGee and it will not be my l

    This is my first visit with Travis McGee and it will not be my last.  I really enjoyed this read and look forward to reading more adventures with Travis in the future.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Highly entertaining

    This is the third book of the trials of Travis McGee that I've read. It didn't disappoint. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the mystery/suspense genre. Great way to escape and enjoy a good book. (This is the same author who gave us "Cape Fear;" one of the best classisc suspense stories ever.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Sailor Sal Sailor Sal

    Many yearsago, in my former life, as a librarian, I discovered Travis McGee- Now, to have him living in my Nook- Heaven! Any girl who reads MacDonald's books without falling in love is not a real woman-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Frostystar

    This is now Ghastclan!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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