The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper: A Travis McGee Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Jan 8, 2013 - Fiction - 336 pages
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From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.
 
He had done a big favor for her husband, then for the lady herself. Now she’s dead, and Travis McGee finds that Helena Pearson Trescott had one last request of him: to find out why her beautiful daughter Maureen keeps trying to kill herself. But what can a devil-may-care beach bum do for a young troubled mind?
 
“The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author.”—Jonathan Kellerman
 
McGee makes his way to the prosperous town of Fort Courtney, Florida, where he realizes pretty quickly that something’s just not right. Not only has Maureen’s doctor killed herself, but a string of murders and suicides are piling up—and no one seems to have any answers.
 
Just when it seems that things can’t get any stranger, McGee becomes the lead suspect in the murder of a local nurse. As if Maureen didn’t have enough problems, the man on a mission to save her will have to save himself first—before time runs out.
 
Features a new Introduction by Lee Child
 

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User Review  - HenriMoreaux - LibraryThing

The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper is another strong entry in the McGee series. This time around McGee receives a letter from a woman whose died and she requests him to look into whats wrong with her ... Read full review

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User Review  - terrygraap - LibraryThing

Another great book in the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald. McGee assists an ex lover's daughters at the request of the mother. One daughter is mentally ill. McGee comes to town and notices ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
20
Section 3
34
Section 4
46
Section 5
59
Section 6
71
Section 7
93
Section 8
117
Section 11
158
Section 12
183
Section 13
195
Section 14
230
Section 15
244
Section 16
270
Section 17
311
Section 18
321

Section 9
131
Section 10
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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 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.

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