A Purple Place for Dying

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Fawcett Crest, 1995 - Fiction - 305 pages
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From a beloved master of crime fiction, A Purple Place for Dying is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.
 
Travis McGee's taking his retirement in installments while he's still young enough to enjoy it. But sooner or later, his money runs out and he has to work. This time McGee's lured out West to a strangely secretive meeting with a woman in trouble, in a place whose beauty hides some ugly, dangerous secrets.
 
"John D. MacDonald created a staggering quantity of wonderful books, each rich with characterization, suspense, and an almost intoxicating sense of place."--Jonathan Kellerman
 
Mona is in love with a poor, young college professor and married to a wealthy man whom she is convinced is stealing from her trust fund. So she does what any self-respecting girl would do: She hires someone to steal her money back so she can run away with the love of her life.
 
Travis isn't sure he wants to help out until he sees Mona getting shot and killed out on the cliffs near her cabin. Now he's a lead suspect in a plot to help her escape, and to clear his name, he needs to get to the bottom of things. But the murders just keep mounting, and for Travis, even working with Mona's husband doesn't seem to help matters. Will he be able to uncover the complex plot in time to save his own skin?
 
Features a new Introduction by Lee Child

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User Review  - terrygraap - LibraryThing

Another book in the Travis McGee series by MacDonald. McGee reluctantly goes to California to assist a woman to get money back from her husband. The woman is killed in his presence and assists the sheriff in locating the suspects. An excellent book. Read full review

A PURPLE PLACE FOR DYING

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Here's that man again, that 110 proof man in his third appearance—it came out in paper. Aficionados—and the census would have trouble taking a count—will notice the difference: the writing is ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

John D. MacDonald was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania in 1916. He attended Syracuse University for his B. S degree, then went on to Harvard University for his M. B. A. After serving during World War II, MacDonald published "Brass Cupcake," his first novel. By the time he had written over 40 novels, MacDonald had received the Ben Franklin Award, the Mystery Writers of America's Grandmaster Award, and the American Book Award. John D. MacDonald died in 1986 at St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from complications of an earlier heart bypass operation.

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