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

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

by John D. MacDonald, Lee Child
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The Deep Blue Good-By (Travis McGee Series #1) by John D. MacDonald

From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Deep Blue Good-by is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.
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.
“John D. MacDonald was the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King
McGee isn’t particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet backwoods girl who’s been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allen? What Travis isn’t anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake. Enter Junior’s latest victim, Lois Atkinson.
Frail and broken, Lois can barely get out of bed when Travis finds her, let alone keep herself alive. But Travis turns into Mother McGee, giving Lois new life as he looks for the ruthless man who steals women’s spirits and livelihoods. But he can’t guess how violent his quest is soon to become. He’ll learn the hard way that there must be casualties in this game of cat and mouse.
Features a new Introduction by Lee Child

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307827258
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Series: Travis McGee Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 3,073
File size: 2 MB

About 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Date of Birth:

July 24, 1916

Date of Death:

December 28, 1986

Place of Birth:

Sharon, PA

Place of Death:

Milwaukee, WI


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. 43 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.
Anonymous 27 days ago
The lee child preface was facinating as I learned much about J. D. McDonald. The story was fun.
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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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