The Long Lavender Look (Travis McGee Series #12)

The Long Lavender Look (Travis McGee Series #12)


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The Long Lavender Look (Travis McGee Series #12) by John D. MacDonald

From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Long Lavender Look is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.

A lovely young thing, wearing little more than a determined look, streaks out of the darkness and into Travis McGee’s headlights. McGee hits the brakes, misses the fleeing soul by inches, and lands upside down in ten feet of water—and right into the heart of a violent mystery.

“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

McGee and his old friend Meyer are cruising along on their way back from a wedding when the girl darts in front of their car. They manage to emerge from the wreckage and are limping along the deserted Florida road when someone comes by in an old truck and takes a couple of shots at them. So much for Southern hospitality. McGee and Meyer head to a service station to regroup, but are there arrested and charged with murder.

It turns out a local thug has just been killed, and the lead suspects are Meyer and McGee. Someone’s obviously out to get them—and in this Twilight Zone they’ve found themselves in, they must gather their resources to fight for their lives against a deeply corrupt system.

Features a new Introduction by Lee Child

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812984026
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/16/2013
Series: Travis McGee Series , #12
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 186,496
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.67(d)

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.

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 Long Lavender Look (Travis McGee Series #12) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
lamacher More than 1 year ago
Much more angst for McGee in this one, and one is kept guessing to the end. Much pungent social contact, as usual, and in retrospect, richly deserved.
skwm More than 1 year ago
The perfect book for the beach, a rainy day or just relaxing. The plots are always excellent the characters interesting and the dialogue is great, there are times you will laugh out loud and times that you might cry and times for goosebumps. This was one of my favoites, I collect them and I had lost this one and wanted to make sure my set was complete. Of course, as soon as it came in, I read it again. Pure enjoyment!!. There are at least 25 books and I recommend them all. It is good if you can start from the beginning with The Deep Blue Good-bye, but you can take anyone of them individually and enjoy the heck out of it. Learn about Florida and other things, even though it is fiction, there was always something in each book that I came away with that I could say to someone, "did you know!"? For a mystery/thriller it's the best, and I for one miss new ones so much that I frequent the old ones again. It is amazing that you can take a character like Travis, a "beach bum" and his sidekick "Meyer" an economist of all things both living on boats, and make such exciting and enjoyable reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nvrmnd. Gtg anyways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you okay?.. Dev says you cried yourself to sleep..