A Deadly Shade of Gold

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, Mar 12, 2013 - Fiction - 401 pages
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From a beloved master of crime fiction, A Deadly Shade of Gold is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.

When Travis McGee picks up the phone and hears a voice from his past, he can't help it: He has to meddle. Especially when he has the chance to reunite Sam Taggart, a reckless, restless man like himself, with the woman who's still waiting for him. But what begins as a simple matchmaking scheme soon becomes a bloody chase that takes McGee to Mexico, a beautiful country from which he hopes to return alive.

“John D. MacDonald was the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King

Deception. Betrayal. Heartbreak. When Sam left his girlfriend, Nora, and vanished from Fort Lauderdale, no one was surprised. But when he shows up three years later lying in a pool of his own blood, people start to ask questions. And his old friend Travis McGee is left to find answers.

But all he has to go on are a gold Aztec idol and a very angry ex-girlfriend. Is that enough to find his friend's killer? And when the truth is as terrifying as this, does he really want answers after all?

Features a new Introduction by Lee Child
 

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User Review  - terrygraap - LibraryThing

Another outstanding book in the Travis McGee series by John D. McDonald. McGee tries to locate some gold figurines and almost gets killed doing it. I recommend it. Read full review

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User Review  - kaulsu - LibraryThing

I suppose it is only fair: some books are chick lit, and some appeal equally to all. This one, however, was overloaded with testosterone. Yet, I did become involved in the story. Travis McGee is ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
17
Section 3
24
Section 4
32
Section 5
50
Section 6
62
Section 7
86
Section 8
125
Section 11
186
Section 12
205
Section 13
234
Section 14
276
Section 15
302
Section 16
349
Section 17
389
Section 18
403

Section 9
150
Section 10
173

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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 grandmaster 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 empathic 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, and died in 1986.

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