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MacDonaldSelf as I read this book I ve reread all but one of the series out of order and I ve noticed that McDonald s characters tend to speak alike nless they re from another country And what it is is many sentences are written in the style of this sentence no matter who is speaking Next lament I found the beginning of the book boring I m sure treasure hunting is incredibly difficult work but I don t want to read a for Dummies edition of how it s done This was all to lead Coming Home (Chesapeake Diaries up to how the treasure hunter saves McGee s life but I found the whole incident anticlimactic and rather amusingNext lament Mr McDonald when McGee falls in love for real couldn t you have showns how she s different from the hundreds of short term encounters he s hadLast lament NOT McDonald s fault I read library books and this one came to me smelling as if it had been wreathed in cigarette smoke for weeks by someone who chain smokes as they readLiked the ending and what becomes of the villain and also what becomes of McGee A slow start but plenty of mystery and suspense once it got going In this one we find Travis going to the aid of a previous acuaintance who feels like shes losing her mind and hearing voices whilst also chasing down a valuable item missing from her fathers estatePretty good overall but The Writers Handbook 1999 uite a lot of time spent on the backstory of certain events Linda Lewellen nicknamed Pidge from childhood is the lady in distress this time but the connection is weighted with a history Travis and Meyer worked with her father an academic whose real vocation was serious and very lucrativenderwater treasure hunting Gutsy impulsive motherless and insecure a 17 year old Pidge stowed away on Travis s boat the Busted Flush and attempted a probative seduction Travis delivered her back to her father of course and a year later Pidge went off to college Two years later her father Professor Ted died in a motorcycle accident and Pidge inherited her father s boat the Trepid and a sizable trust fund Mom dead Dad dead college boyfriend dumped it was a difficult time for Pidge Vulnerable Pidge married stolid Howie Brindle an engaging deck hand who was helping to maintain the Trepid It all happened so Rock Hounding out of Bishop uickly The couple embarked on a round the world cruise on the Trepid and now a year later Pidge has called Travis from Hawaii She s troubled Travis and Meyer both took a paternal interest in Pidge and the memory of the 15 year old innocent he first met is still strong Moreover Travis owes a debt to Professor Ted The professor saved his life in a particularlygly barroom attack A vicious drunk went after Travis with a metal studded fishing clubTHE TURUOISE LAMENT finds Travis in a contemplative mood Pidge is no longer an adolescent and when he meets her in Hawaii the realization though pleasant is also a reminder that Travis is not getting any younger Mortality is a persistent presence in this book Travis has a nightmare about the bully that nearly killed him ntil Professor Ted intervened only in the dream he dies Each new year at Bahia Mar seems to be a woozy remembrance of past faces dimmed over time The count is increasing of those who have moved on retired or died life s passages laid out like a deck of cards always ending with the ace of spades The timing is also bad for Travis Another new year is approaching He cannot help but notice the age difference between fellow diver Frank Hayes and Hayes employees at his Seven Seas Ltd salvage operation Although it s been only a year since he last saw him Travis barely recognizes Rine Houk a veteran boat dealer Houk is wearing an ill fitting rug attempting nsuccessfully to look younger The effect is embarrassing and Travis tells him as much A major event in the story is that Meyer passes out and is rushed by ambulance to the hospitalTravis is at first skeptical of Pidge s fears and he persuades her that she is the victim of her own repressed stress Then Frank Hayes shows Beneath the Surface (Reluctance, up Frank had worked on Professor Ted s crew along with Travis and Meyer and has an interesting story to relate as well as aestion that The Service up to then had been overlooked Travis digs further He begins tonravel some lies that had been buried in the pastOf the three Travis McGee books I ve read so far this was my favorite There s a consistency in the action Travis wavers between two images adolescent Pidge and adult Lew Ellen When the inevitable occurs between Travis and Pidge Travis s mind fills with a collage of memories That and other memories of her were strangely merged with the sweet and immediate realities of her the here and nowness of her so that I seemed to live in the past and present all at onceShe was a temptation out of the past served p "on some kind of eternal lazy Susan so that it had "some kind of eternal lazy Susan so that it had by once again and this time we had taken it p87 I fell in love with the character of Meyer in THE SCARLET RUSE and Meyer Has A Large And has a large and role in this book providing names of contacts alternate hypotheses and iet erudition to Travis A typical example is a pithy ote from Gian Gravina A bore is a person who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company p179 The story follows a classic pattern Untruths are gradually stripped away Polished manners and wealthy facades dissolve into nderlying corruption and greedy self interest The plot was totally satisfying a thriller that begins slowly and gradually accelerates as danger mounts with each tick of the clockNumerous supporting characters are introduced They do than simply nudge the plot along They come alive through physical description and mannerisms One of the most memorable is Gabe Marchman a retired wartime photographer whose career ended when he stepped on a booby trap Currently he is a troubleshooter and high priced consultantThe customary rants this time against lawyers and the despoiling of Samoa by big business interests as always have a contemporary resonance view spoilerFinally there is a wistful conclusion that pulls the reader in closer to Travis McGee Two people totally blissfully blindly in love And gradually it became apparent that there was only one person in love and the other one was merely repeating lines which had once been spontaneous going through the motions which Cable Deadpool Vol. 1: If Looks Could Kill used to be bliss Excuses have a hollow sound Lies have an earnest tacky melody p286 OK time for another Plymouth Gin hide spoiler Gian Gravina A bore is a person who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company John D MacDonald The Turuoise Lament A Travis McGee NovelI found this book to belamentfulI should start by saying I have never before read a Travis McGee novel This was my first one I am not sure if I will read Perhaps I will but I sure did enjoy this bookTravis McGee is a detective who lives on a houseboat He receives a call from the daughter of an old friend of his who is positive her husband has bad intentions and is trying to kill herIt is wo Remember there is a very cold and strange entity that hides inside Howie Brindle It is the imposter He is the stage effect Meyer to McGeeIt s early December as thisnusual Travis McGee novel begins Whereas most of the McGee novels have mystery and suspense laced with resonating observations about life and society with MacDonald casting a cloud on the sunshine of Florida with his insightful pondering of the misled this one has those observations and insights front and center with the mystery and suspense the nderscore While it makes this an atypical Travis McGee novel in some ways it does not make it a bad one It is in fact a very good read with many worthwhile moments It s not surprising that it s one of the books in the series that he dedicated to his wife DorothyComing just before the excellent Dreadful Lemon Sky this was the first Travis McGee published in hardback however and just for a moment perhaps less than a moment MacDonald blinked There is no way to give an accurate portrayal of a book so misrepresented at times without getting into great detail so if you have a problem with basic plot spoilers for a book that s been around for almost fifty years you might want to stop reading here MacDonald was at heart a pulp writer elevated so high most don t recognize it as such but a pulp writer nonetheless He realized his readers were paperback readers and knowing this one would be marketed toward people who might not have read a Travis McGee before you can almost feel him taking the pulp edges off McGee softening his hero just a tad to make him a bit vulnerable and fallib. K to haunt you And Travis McGee owes a friend a big one Little surprise that he finds himself on a trip to Hawaii to help out his friend’s daughter who is convinced her husband is trying to kill her But Travis can’t find a single thing wrong and. .
Another very solid entry in the Travis McGee series There s not really any recovery in this story MacDonald has clearly moved beyond the transactionality of the traditional PI novel TURUOISE is also light on the fisticuffs and instead offers insights into relationships and psychology including of the sociopathic kind We get a good dollop of melancholy about getting older and youthful opportunities nrealized thanks to the return of a young woman s from Trav s past Of course women rarely enter a Travis McGee novel without having trouble in tow and Pidge Llewellyn s troubles pull McGee to Hawaii and Pago Pago while along the way MacDonald gets to share information on recondite areas of interest including estate law and the onerousness of maintaining a private yacht Some readers lament all the digressions but to my mind MacDonald is a storyteller almost without peer in the crime section of the bookshop only Westlake and Block and Leonard when they re really on top of their game are playing in the same leaguePlus you get prose like thisHe is a very careful fussy pilot They are the best kind It was such a nice morning he took it right across the peninsula and emerged a little north of Fort Myers Once over the Gulf he took it down to a thousand feet and stayed a half mile off the beaches as we went p the coast Even looking toward the morning brightness I had a good view of the coast I hadn t seen it from that altitude for several years Boca Grande looked much the same And so did Manasota Key But the small city of Venice and Siesta Key two keys north of Venice were shocking Pale and remarkably gly high rises were jammed against the small strip of sand beach shoulder to shoulder Blooms of effluent were murking the blue waters Tiny churchgoing automobiles were stacked Option Trading Tactics with Oliver Velez Course Book with DVD up at the lift bridges winking in the sun and making a whiskey haze that spoiled theality of the lightSPOLIER ALERTClearly I have read too many Fleming 007 novels when MacDonald described a gondola tram in great detail about 23rds of the way through the novel I new exactly where the story s climax would take place 4 stars As Night Fury (Night Fury, usual with my reviews please first read the publisher s blurbsummary of the book Thank you 27% Ouch Something so wrong and out of character here for McGee I almostit the book Wowview spoilerMcGee betrays his honest intermediary duty here hide spoiler Turuoise Lament is a mystery adventure novel far different from any other and is even Henry Fuckits Nursing Notes uniuely textured among the Travis McGee novels Usually some damsel in distress comes to McGee and tells a tale of woe The reader follows along as McGee and often good buddy economist Meyer set out tonravel the swindle and outfox the fox Yes that s all here McGee receives a letter from Pidge who many years ago had a teenage crush on him and he jets to Honolulu to help her Yes McGee Chemistry untangles a nefarious plot or scheme But this story develops differently than Most of the Travis McGee stories There is a sense of heavy backstory that fillsp a lot of the first third of the book and an almost disconnected middle as alarm bells go off in McGee s head and he starts putting it together and then and only then does he go to try and rescue the damsel though too much time may have ticked awayJohn MacDonald is in a class of his own when it comes to the Travis McGee series which are A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company Gian Vincenzo Gravina 3 Ideas That Can Change Your Life uoted in Turuoise LamentIt woundp really well but puttered a bit at the middle and was predictable at the end I think my misgi This is one of those books that s a little tricky to review because I have to give Tarihi Değiştiren Gizli Servisler up a fair amount of plot to discuss what I found so ridiculous about it but it s all part of the basic setp If you know that you re reading a crime novel andor are familiar with Travis McGee it s pretty obvious how things will play out Plus I m not giving The Keeper of Lost Causes (Department Q, up anything about the ending so I m not going to spoiler tag the whole review but if you haven t read and you don t want to know too much you should probably skip this oneThe old Sea Cock really outdid himself this timeWhen Pidge Llewellen was a teenage girl she had a huge crush on Travis McGee and her treasure hunting father once saved his life so he feels than a little protective of her After her father was killed in an accident McGee and his friend Meyer made sure she received the sizable inheritance she was owed as well as vetted her prospective husband Howie Brindle After their wedding Pidge and Howie set off on a cruise around the world in a small boatMonths later Travis gets a call from Pidge in Hawaii asking for help When he arrives Pidge tells him that either she s crazy or Howie is trying to kill her She claims several weird incidents happened at sea but when Travis talks to Howie the big friendly lug is hurt and confused at his wife s claims and behaviorConvinced that the man is telling the truth McGee gets Pidge drunk and to admit that she doesn t love Howie Travis assures her that all the odd stuff was just her poor little female mind beingnable to cope at failing when she picked a mate Reassured Pidge bangs McGee for a couple of days to prove his theory right She then tells Howie that they ll need to split but he convinces her to sail the boat to meet a buyer at Poga Poga before they call a divorce lawyerSatisfied at his efforts as a marriage counselor and psychologist McGee returns to Florida where he immediately begins nailing even women than sual Whatever could have driven him to this state Examining his own heart McGee finds that he has fallen in love with Pidge and coincidently he gets a letter from her proclaiming her own love and saying that they ll start a life of bliss together right after she gets done with this risky ocean voyage alone with the husband she recently informed of her wish to divorce and that she once thought might be trying to kill herAt first McGee is ecstatic but then he belatedly figures out that Howie is a total sociopath involved with a complicated scheme regarding Pidge s inheritance With no way to reach Pidge all McGee can do is investigate Howie s past and be waiting to see if Pidge is still alive when the boat reaches Poga PogaThis could have been a great story maybe even a turning point in the series if it had played p the angle of how badly McGee botched this and left a woman he cares for at the mercy of a killer Heroes are interesting when they make mistakes and having the star of a series like this completely fail and try to atone
for it should make for an entertaining book The problem here is thatit should make for an entertaining book The problem here is that makes McGee such a goddamn know it all The off topic monologues that Travis indulges in are Total Abuse usually one of the charms of the series for me when he was reflecting on life in an increasingly homogenized and corporatized America However in this one it seems like ole Trav knows best about everything from boat maintenance to hotel management to the safety records of cable cars Since his work involves mixing itp with various kinds of shady people he also freuently points out all the ways that the simple sheep of the world get slaughtered by the wolves and how he s much too cautious and smart to fall for any of those tricksSo he looks pretty damn ridiculous because he never once seems to consider the idea that he gave his blessing to a young man he knew little about so that he could marry a wealthy young lady and then sail away with her After Pidge tells him she s worried about being murdered including one incident where the husband admitted that he fired a gun in her direction McGee is so certain that he s diagnosed and treated with sex Pidge s problem that it never even crosses his mind that Howie might be a bad guy Even if you believed that there was no possibility that Pidge had been in danger before it seems odd that McGee doesn t show the slightest concern that she d be alone for weeks at sea with the husband she s leaving I mean what the shit I would expect a cynical student of nature to maybe think that putting a couple with a pending divorce alone in a goddamn boat in the middle of the goddamn ocean wouldn t be a Great Idea Under The Best Of Circumstances idea nder the best of circumstances alone when either the husband has tried to kill her already or the cheese has slipped off her crackerMcGee has had some pretty severe character defects through the course of this series but this is the first time I just thought he was a complete moron from page one I had a few laments my. Travis McGee isn’t your typical knight in shining armour 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 The funny thing about favours sometimes they come bac. ,
Le The basic plot of a likable affable sociopath who fools both McGee and Meyer would be sed again and in a resonating way in MacDonald s next to last Travis McGee novel Cinnamon SkinEach entry in any great series has its own atmosphere and value however and Turuoise Lament stands alone خش خش تن برهنه ی تاک uite nicely While Cinnamon Skin is a near masterpiece The Turuoise Lament is very very good when you don t compare the two or pit it against stellar entries in the series At MacDonald s level it is a matter of mere degrees between good and memorable We are after all talking about one of the greatest series in American fiction lauded by one great noteworthy writer after another Over two decades Travis McGee became a household name because readers couldn t wait to get their hands on the next novel This one is a solid four stars as opposed to the solid five for Cinnamon Skin That is allIt begins in lovely Hawaii during early December With great economy MacDonald placess there and we re soon hip to why taxi fares are so outrageous in Honolulu McGee has made the trip from Florida at the reuest of Pidge Brindle and the Travis McGee devotee can already sense this one is going to be a bit different from the others McGee remembers how lovely Pidge was at seventeen stowing aboard his boat to offer herself to him Not the lech some over the years have misleadingly portrayed MacDonald s hero as McGee of course emphatically declines taking Pidge back to her father Ted MacDonald however Complex PTSD understood the wistfulness of what might have been that twinge of regret every man feels at perhaps passingp something wonderful even when it s the right thing to do There is nothing harder to resist than someone completely in love with you Pidge is definitely no longer seventeen however and she is just as lovely But she s also an emotional mess Whether the mess is real or imagined is for McGee to figure outA year ago Pidge married Howie Brindle a big If I Have to Tell You One More Time. . . uncomplicated and easygoing giant who may not be the brightest bulb in the cupboard but works hard and is very likable Pidge s almost neurotic story doesn t jibe with anything he knows about Howie Nor does it jibe with the evidence which includes photographs Though McGee cares about her he needs to get the lay of the land to discover if something diabolical is going on or whether Pidge is having issues So he talks to Howie and gets his version With readers sympathy firmly in Pidge s court in a brilliantly written scene we meet Howie and begin to have the same doubts as McGee He let go and spun away His voice had broken He started walking slowly back out the jetty toward the Trepid It was a listless and dejected walk A big dumpy giant sad in the Christmas coming sunshine McGee describing the heartbroken and confused HowieBut if Howie isn t trying to kill Pidge and there wasn t another woman hiding on the boat while they were at sea and all evidence suggests he isn t and there wasn t what s going on with Pidge Is she crackingp So McGee drinks and talks to her and they drink and talk some Digital Biology until finally Pidge breaks down Everything is psychologically sound in what transpires next McGee doesn t plant ideas it is Pidge who realizes she doesn t love Howie no matter how much she wants to and she s created this elaborate ruse to explain why This of course leads to an intimacy not planned by McGee but firmly orchestrated by Pidge As she tells McGee explaining how it took her three hours to workp courage for her planned seduction You never had a chance McGee And she s right It s impossible for McGee to turn her down now and there s really no reason to That and other memories of her were strangely merged with the sweet and immediate realities of her the here and nowness of her so that I seemed to live in the past and the present all at once She was a temptation out of the past served p on some kind of eternal lazy Susan so that it had come by once again and this time we had taken it Later Pidge explains It s too scary I can t go through all that again Not ever So there s just one thing that would keep me from going back to him And we just finished that one thing and it was really beautiful I wanted to do it with you a thousand years ago and you wouldn t You were pretty stuffy about it Somewhere along the way however what might have been becomes what is There may be better ways of spending THE MIDDLE PART OF A FRIDAY IN HAWAII OR middle part of a Friday in Hawaii or else If so I find it very hard to think of any It made a fine Friday And Saturday And Sunday McGee in his thoughtsMuch later after Meyer collapses and is in the hospital and after a couple of suicides by lonely friends McGee ponders his future Would I Travis McGee bring thee Linda Lewellen Brindle aboard this houseboat to live herein and hereon with me happily so long as we shall all remain afloat But before Meyer makes McGee think long and hard about his own mortality McGee has to tell Howie that Pidge doesn t want to be with him He looked down I thought it was a snort of sour laughter and then realized it was a sob I saw tears run down his round ruddy cheek I felt like a coconspirator in a very rotten plan This was a very simple decent guy So like a coward I tiptoed offstage For a while McGee goes through women trying to shake off Pidge but he can t Soon McGee realizes that he loves Pidge then he gets her Letter Here Is MacDonald Here is MacDonald writer at his absolute best Written from Pidge s viewpoint he perfectly captures her female voice her thoughts and feelings her excitement about the future she plans with McGee It goes on for four pages and will ring absolutely true to any man who has ever received a love letter It s a terrific piece of writing that offsets a later pretentious flourish when MacDonald has McGee interrogate himself during a mock trial Also offsetting it is an insightful rumination on modern arrogance in regard to ancient civilizations The mock trial in McGee s head is just a minor blip on the radarIt s Meyer who when he begins recovering realizes exactly what McGee s running from and points him in the right direction As McGee finally admits to his best friend and one of the great sidekicks in mystery fiction I keep thinking that other people have friends and they talk about ball games and the weather and laugh a lot What have I got Ann Landers Sounds like a great romance doesn t it Well finally we get to the Travis McGee part of the novel with which we re familiar There is sunken treasure and a lot of money left to Pidge by her father Ted There s a guy named Collier some blackmail and Pidge somewhere out there on the big blue ocean with Howie Brindle making one last trip to sell a boat before she returns to be McGee s love Then McGee has noticed something off in the photos that he needs to have an expert look at It gives McGee a chill when he realizes he s read it all wrong This is the one where McGee almost buries someone alive But mostly he just backtracks Howie which reveals a very startling picture Remember there is a very cold and strange entity that hides inside Howie Brindle It is the imposter He is the stage effect An almost casual impulse Irritation plus opportunity plus slyness plus a total absence of human warmth and feeling MeyerIt is also Meyer s belief that Pidge can stay alive longer at sea because of what transpired in Honolulu simply because she believes she imagined it all the first time out and Howie will not feel the impulse ite so Clotilda uickly With no hope of finding her on the water MacDonald makes it startlingly clear just how difficult it is to locate a boat on the open sea all McGee can do is wait for the boat in American Samoa It gives McGee a chance to make observations about that part of the world which ring very true What finally transpires is violent and exciting and leads to a true reversal of roles and a bittersweet ending The mystery and suspense is thenderscore here the soft strings rather than the driving horns Had a reader never picked Mokee Joe Recharged (Mokee Joe, up a McGee book this would seem marvelous Having read them all many times over the decades it s only a good solid entry where McGee was written a bit softer the broad shoulders rounded in McGee s version of a mid life crisis A great ending makesp for a lot but this one is best enjoyed by those who love the ongoing commentary about society and the observations about living and humanity A book certainly misunderstood and sometimes misrepresented A solid four stars as a McGee novel The blackness was there in Howie Brindle and then it was gone McGe. Puts her paranoia down to simple anxiety It’s not Little Beach Street Bakery: A Novel until he’s back home that he realises he may have overlooked a clue or two And that she might be in very real danger First published in 1973 The Turuoise Lament features an introduction by Lee Chi.
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