The Deep Blue Good-By (Travis McGee Series #1)

The Deep Blue Good-By (Travis McGee Series #1)

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by John D. MacDonald
     
 

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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

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."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816136261
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
10/01/1984
Series:
Travis McGee Series, #1
Pages:
296

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.

Brief Biography

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

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The Deep Blue Good-By (Travis McGee Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Edgar_Alan_Poet More than 1 year ago
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.
McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another great book that gives you the feel of Florida. Mr. MacDonald is always fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
tardisbleu More than 1 year ago
I enjoy all of the Trais McGee books. I have read them all many times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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I was very disappointed. The characters do not have any depth and the plot is very weak.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it again and again.
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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,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is easily among the top realm of detective fiction; actually, Travis calls it "just helping a friend out
B-Cyr More than 1 year ago
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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chuckwise2 More than 1 year ago
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.)