The Quick Red Fox

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From the author of A Purple Place for Dying and The Deep Blue Good-by comes the republication of the bestseller starring Travis McGee, a real American hero. Reissue.

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The Quick Red Fox (Travis McGee Series #4)

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Overview

From the author of A Purple Place for Dying and The Deep Blue Good-by comes the republication of the bestseller starring Travis McGee, a real American hero. Reissue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480528208
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John D. MacDonald (1916-1986) MacDonald was born in Sharon, Pa, and educated at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Syracuse and Harvard, where he took an MBA in 1939. After war service in the Far East he wrote hundreds of stories for the pulps and over seventy novels, including the 21 in the Travis McGee sequence.

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 April 26, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    The Quick Red Fox

    Travis McGee returns in John MacDonald's The Quick Red Fox. As a favor for a friend Travis offers to help a movie star get to the bottom of blackmail scandal. What starts as a simple search takes some turns as Travis discovers there may be more than meets the eye and that the scarlet starlet may not be the actual target.

    A good read but in MacDonald's style there is some in depth detail. Still it is a good plot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Travis McGee is My Hero!

    I truly adore the Trav McGee series of books. The Quick Red Fox is definately one of my favorites. I love John D's style of writing, I love his characters and the setting on a houseboat in hot, sultry Florida. This series is really engaging and fun, as well as thought-provoking. I've read the entire series and a couple of others that especially stand out are: The Long Lavender Look, Dress her in Indigo, and Bright Orange for the Shroud. I also really enjoyed MacDonald's other fiction books, as well as his science fiction and tru-crime books. You might also like: Ross MacDonald, especially: Blue City and The Big Chill; Ian's Fleming's James Bond series and Raymond Chandler's The High Window.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Hunting grounds☻

    Hunt here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Bios

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    good short read

    typical McGee, sir galahad that saves beautiful damsel in distress with the usual hint of sex!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    FLUTERSHY'S COTTAGE

    Here. You can find many forest animals here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

    Another fine book about Travis McGee

    Fantastic author. Great fun to read his books!!! Joy Smitherman

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Omh

    Seems interesting but idk how many stars

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