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T hidden Trav takes the case and it leads to a smarmy but persuasive lowlife named Junior Allen And in his effort to learn about Allen Trav meets Allen s latest victim Lois Atkinson Allen had wormed his way into controlling Lois life and money and she was reduced to a nearly catatonic state by the time Trav came along In addition to being a brute and a treasure hunting rival for Trav Lois reveals that Allen is also a serial rapist Trav proceeds with his plan to recover Cathy s fortune and ensure that Junior Allen meets justiceSo will I read in the seriesYou bet The power f Trav has me under his spell drawing me in It s like music It s his voice telling you his story in a particular way I could become addicted Critics may charge that Trav represents an utdated and politically incorrect view f masculinity and they may be right But perhaps this misses the point Yes Trav is a womaniser much like James Bond The Toughest Cowboy: or How the Wild West Was Tamed or early Spenser And yes woman are miraculously restored by his testosterone soaked presence And yes this makes Trav an anachronism But so does McGee s disgust at the rapacious developmentf South Florida Broken Veil (Harbinger or dislikef everything from credit cards to the limited pportunities women have in life In ne classic rant Trav muses The scene is reputed to be acrawl with adorably amoral bunnies to whom sex is a pleasant social favor The new culture And they are indeed present and available in exhaustive uantity but there is a curious tastelessness about them A woman who does not guard and treasure herself cannot be f much value to anyone else They become a pretty little convenience like a guest towel 910excellent start to a classic noir series I really liked the main character and I hope I will manage to write a indepth review soonUpdate Other people go down to the keys and bring back shell ashtrays r mounted fish Palashir Sarajantra O Sekaler Samaj or pottery flamingos Travis McGee brings back a Lois Atkinson The souvenir fervor is the mainstayf a tourist economyCould we call this genre sunny noir As in hard boiled private dick crime investigation set in laidback luminous Florida A state who has its wn share f lowlife and criminals providing plenty Third Best of work for Travis Who is not exactly a private dick butf a debt collector from difficult customers He takes a hefty share Marconi : da TSF às comunicações globais of the salvaged property allowing a leisure lifestyle between jobs He boasts atne time that he prefers to Instead How the Universe Works/Pathways to Enlightenment of retiring at sixty I m taking it in chunks as I go along I was uite enviousf Trav when I read this but his chosen career has its drawbacks like getting beaten up and shot at uite ften Bad guys and money do not usually separate willinglyAnother reason to like and envy Travis is his residence his castle where he is king and master f his domain Home is where the privacy is in this case The Busted Flush a 52 foot barge type houseboat he won in a poker game docked at Slip F 18 Bahia Mar Lauderdale Our hero is a bit The Illusions of Eventide of cynic at least in his freuent declamations against the evilsf modern society His actions though speak louder than words and following him around in his investigations I developed a different portrait f a man whose anger and bitterness are the result f actually caring too much about his fellow men actually about women but you get my drift and about his Florida homeland Carl Hiaasen writes the introduction to this novel and he is a great choice as both authors include in their books strong environmental and social militancyI m spending a lot Letty on the Land of timen Travis before talking about plot and style because I have a feeling I m hooked n the series in for the long run and the narrator is the most important ingredient in such cases You either relate to him r you give up after the first couple Guiding Yourself Into A Spiritual Reality of issues With my usual penchant for making inappropriate associations I drew some parallels between Travis McGee and Walden a love for the natural world a self imposed exile from the artificial society a plea for cleaner living and peacef mind Here s a sample Runes and Roller Skates of his rants I do not function too welln emotional motivations I am wary f them And I am wary f a lot f ther things such as plastic credit cards payroll deductions insurance programs retirement benefits savings accounts Green Stamps time clocks newspapers mortgages sermons miracle fabrics deodorants check lists time payments political parties lending libraries television actresses junior chambers f commerce pageants progress and manifest destinyI am dreary f the whole dreary deadening structured mess we have built into such a glittering top heavy structure that there is nothing left to see but the glitter and the brute routines Little Owl's Colors of maintaining itReality is in the enduring eyes the unspoken dreadful accusation in the enduring eyesf a worn young woman who looks at you and hopes for nothingAnd with the last phrase I finally got around to the story here Travis is asked by his current non girlfriend a saucy dancer in a topless bar to help a young woman in trouble She can t go to the police because she has been robbed by the man she has fallen in love with a former convict who tricked her imprisoned father into revealing a secret hoard buried Escalation Clause on the girl s property Travis complains and grumbles constantly but he decides to check the storyut getting and enraged as he finds Nigeria on the Precipice out about the culprit a certain Junior Allen The worst crimesf man against woman do not appear Hideous on the statutes A smiling man uick and handy as a cat webbed with muscle ard with money now at liberty in an unsuspecting world greedy as a weasel in a hen houseThis guy forcefully seduces vulnerable women a serial statutory raper who gets away scot free because his victims blame themselves and fail to report him to the authorities Money suddenly become irrelevant to Travis as he is put in the positionf nursemaid for the broken dolls left in the wake Love Water of Junior Allen Our errant knight extends his sympathy for lost women to the larger landscapef Florida and the failure f the American Dream as he contemplates the sexual revolution f the 1960 s coupled with the lack Aliens: Rogue of career choices for the young and vulnerable These are the slumsf the heart Bless the bunnies These are the new people and we are making no place for them We hold the dream in front Surviving A Financial Crisis of them like a carrot and finally we say sorry you can t have anyI should caution against picturing Travis as a knight in shining armor He is uite rusty and amoral both in his methodsf btaining information which don t rule ut torture and intimidation and in his wn predatory interest in womenThe novel is fast paced and tightly written free f bloat and well balanced with dialogue social commentary and live action The main appeal for me was in getting to know Travis and I look forward to spending time in his company I don t know yet if the novel was filmed but I would sure be interested in a movie versionThanks to the guys in the Pulp reading group for picking this up as the February choice Third Time s a Charm Cathy s First Love StillFor anyone considering reading the Travis McGee series first book published in 1964 with a total f 21 books in the series this book should definitely be read first It lays the ground work for who McGee really is how he feels about society women and Florida in general These are important basics for reading the series since the character for me is so very important Reading the Long Blue Goodbye for me was like seeing an ld friend no I take that back an Thousand Shrine Warrior old lover and we parted ways amicability so many years ago but it s good for him to be back in my hands We both hadther relationships in ur absence from each ther but that spark is still there as strong as ever Elvis Cole well he ll just have to wait a bit Philip Marlowe and Vachss Burke I ll be back with you shortly Have some business to finish with TravIn his first adventure Trav helps Cathy from Candle Key in the Keys Horse Playing the Accordion of course Cathy he helps Cathy It s meant to be it s in the stars Trav Travis McGee Ownerf the Busted Flush Won in a Poker Gameand Docked at Bahia Mar Slip F 18 in Fort Lauderdale FLJohn D MacDonald by the way was a great word is not strong enough writer with a wonderful sense Magic Bite of place in all his books He wrote mostly mysteries some frightening thanthers such as Cape Fear which I ve yet been able to finish First time reader good for you if not what s stopping you And you women ut there I met him first You guys well hummm Face it you love him too especially his sensitive side eh image error This book should have been called To Catch a Rapist You Have to Think Like a Rapist I d always heard good things about John D MacDonald s Travis McGee series so I decided I d start at the beginning and bought the first couple f books in the series After reading The Deep Blue Good by however I don t have much interest in reading any The main problem I had with this book is its protagonist Travis McGee is a self important asshole who Japanese Grammar overexplains his trite beach bum philosophy any chance he gets which invariably stops the narrative dead in its tracks But the worst part about him is his attitude toward the ladies McGee sees himself as God s gift to women but in reality isne step away from being a date rapist McGee is the Exploring Kittens only fully realized character in this book The women are all wholly defined by their physical characteristics McGee is a harder and thorough judgef women s bodies than Lorenzo Lamas He notices every pucker and imperfection and ascribes to them character in a way that seems almost medieval Nevertheless MacDonald is clearly under the impression that McGee is a sensitive sexy and intelligent man who understands women and what they need which nly makes things creepierAnyway The Deep Blue Good by is all about Travis McGee tracking down a thief and serial rapist named Junior Allen As McGee gets closer to Allen he has an unerring ability to know which young girl in a group is the most vulnerable and innocent and therefore the ripest prospect for violation by Allen The plot could have been interesting but because f McGee s attitude towards life and love it ends up just being weird and creepyAlso anyone named Travis who prefers to be called Trav is a fucking prick This is a novel that put John D MacDonald 1916 1986 A Tale of Two Cities on my short listf favorite authors between El Leonard and Stephen King even though I can just barely recommend it Published in 1964 The Deep Blue Good by is the debut Bindle Stiff: Autobiography of a Super Hobo of Travis McGee Salvage Consultant in south Florida whover the course The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and the Mystery of Death of twentyne novels titled with every color in the spectrum save for black r white recovers missing items As plots go it s as routine as any airport paperback but is wet with nautical atmosphere and in the wake f President Kennedy s assassination also stiff with a historically keen male nihilism that sets it apartMoored in Lauderdale aboard the 52 foot houseboat Busted Flush won where else but in a private poker session Travis McGee is introduced idling the afternoon away with Chookie McCall a dancer and choreogr. 's wary f credit cards retirement benefits political parties mortgages and television He nly works when his.

If you ve been conned r robbed ut Ill See You in My Dreams (Arthur Beauchamp, of something by a shady character then Travis McGee will try to get it back for half the valuef what was taken And if you re a woman he ll than likely bang you in the process No extra chargeCathy Kerr is a single mom whose father had hidden something valuable he brought back from serving in the military The Coven overseas before being sent to prison After he dies in jail a pyschopath named Junior Allen shows up and manages to locate and steal the goods While trying to pick up Junior s trail McGee finds himself reluctantly cast as the savior and caregiverf Lois a woman that Junior brutally assaulted and dominated to the point that she was total wreck in the aftermathThis first novel in the series sets the tone with MacDonald doing some sharp writing that works as both crime story and social commentary with Travis uietly rebelling against the consu Junior Allen has sleazed his way into a fortune in stolen gems and the daughters The Last Prophecy of the man who they belonged to want them back Only Junior is a woman beating rapist and has left a trailf battered women in his wake Can Travis McGee get the gems back and take his cutThis is the first John D MacDonald book I ve read and probably won t be the last MacDonald really knows how to build the suspense Junior Allen is a first degree douche bag and a good villain You can t help but read faster and faster eager to see him get what s coming to him The writing is really good and the characters f Travis and Junior are well doneWhy nly three stars The women are paper characters barely distinguishable from Metamorphosis by Decree: The Beginning one anotherutside f their physical descriptions Some f that may have to do with the time it was written I caught the fact the JFK airport was still called Idlewild pretty early X-Tinction Agenda: Warzones! on before I saw that the copyright date was 1964 Also I m not completely soldn Travis McGee Something about him rubs me the wrong way The pages full f his inner musings got a little tediousAll gripes aside Deep Blue Good By was a gripping read I ll be tracking down the next Travis McGee book sooner r later John D MacDonald does lists For example he s wary fplastic credit cards payroll deductions insurance programs retirement benefits savings accounts Green Stamps time clocks newspapers mortgages sermons miracle fabrics deodorants check lists time payments political parties lending libraries television actresses junior chambers f commerce pageants progress and manifest destiny p 14Again creating a picture f rotting materialistic excesswith a thumb in the Yellow Pages I began checking the marinas All this great ever increasing flood f bronze brass chrome Fiberglas Lapstreak teak auto pilots burgees Power Suadron hats nylon line all this chugging winking blundering glitter Mikey and the Chickadee of props bilge pumps and aelf importance needs dockside space p 137His main character Travis McGee is a romantic hero loner in fact he who is alonene man against the world trying to stem r at least contain and limit its corrupting influenceHis bad guy here is n a short rein Or reign Maybe he was clever but certainly not controlled He was a swaggering sailor with money in his pockets and if he kept The Keys to Fanny on being careless neither he nor the money could last very long Viewed in that light his luck was impressive p 144Travis McGee sees through the people he meets psychiatrist like for instance this stewardess who has just unsuccessfully comen to himThe smile did not change and the eyes became slightly absent She made some small talk and then swayed down the aisle smiling ffering fficial services Most Once In A Blue Moon of them find husbands and somef them are burst Alexis Cool as a Cupcake or burned in lonely fields and somef them become compulsively forlornly promiscuous sky sailors between the men in every port victims f rapid transit each flight merely a long arc from bed to bed p 97Now sometimes this psychiatrist ffers and receives sexual therapy from the women he encounters to everyone s better health and happiness He shows discretion though reluctant to take advantage SometimesBut when the bad guy encounters the women he hooks them n sex presumably the wrong kind addictive and corrupting Some f what we today might call abusive but mostly the sexShe gave me a strange and troubled look I don t know as it was love I didn t want him to have me like that right there at the home place with my mother still alive then and Davie there and Christine and her two It was shameful but I couldn t seem to help myself The first time r so he forced me He would be tender and loving but afterward Saying he was sorry But he was at me like some kind f animal and he was too rough and too Long Holler Road - A Dark Southern Thriller often He said it had always been like that with him like he couldn t help himself And after a while he changed me so that it didn t seem too rough any and I didn t care how many times he came at mer when It was all turned into a dreamand I went around feeling all soft and dreamy and stupid and not caring a damn about what anybody thought Traitor to the Crown: The Untold Story of the Popish Plot and the Consipiracy Against Samuel Pepys only caring that he wanted me and I wanted him He s a powerful man and all the time we were together he never did slackff pp 35 36And the bad guy againReturning to Candle Key to rape and corrupt the lonely woman who found him distasteful had been foolish p 144The women here are f two kinds ladies r notA lady is a very special happening so scented and delicate and breathless and totally immaculate She wore a filmy something that tied at the throat and parted readily Her caresses were uick and light and her body turned and glowed and glided and changed in her luxurious presentation f self her mouth saying darling and her hair sweet in darkness a creature in endless movement using all f herself the way a friendly cat will pp 128 129True it was a splendid specimen good bones a true heart and a marvelous pelt It could cook and adore and it had a talent for making love Sew it into burlap and roll it in the mud and it would still be unmistakably a lady p 132But was it humanAnd Attaque Des Titans (l') Vol.7 on thether handThese are the playmate years and they are demonstrably fraudulent The scene is reputed to be acrawl with adorably amoral bunnies to whom sex is a pleasant social favor The new culture And they are indeed present and available in exhausting uantity but there is a curious tastelessness about them A woman who does not guard and treasure herself cannot be Vampiris Sancti: Trilogy of very much value to anyone else They become a pretty little convenience like a guest towel Only a womanf pride complexity and emotional tension is genuinely worth the act The Book Of Muhammad of love p 20which by the way can bebtained in ne f two ways by deception Rebel Heart: The Scandalous Life of Jane Digby or by commitmentAll these women thoroughbredr common whole Carry On, Mr. Bowditch or corrupt aref ne sort although ne minor possibly continuing character may be native American Women grow up and age fast say mid twentiesNow how confusing is all thisThis book was published in 1964 Clues in the text place the action in 1962 So it was a time Lady Vol. 5 of transition not yet the 60s which began in 1967 but the sexual revolution has begun and the times they are achangin It was a pretty confusing time to comef age I was there One must conform but ne must not conform One must be sexual but ne must be pure The people whom Travis McGee could analyze so well Well La Machine infernale of course he could since they were familiar types cardboard cutoutsf people That s easy to see in retrospectI happened upon this book in an Audible sale It was fun and thought provoking to listen to Several years ago some guy friends strongly recommended a Robert B Parker but I couldn t read it I may not have been able to read this ne either but I could listenOh yeah the author got me with ne familiar trope It had to happen in this first book Betty Broderick, My Mom: The Kim Broderick Story of the series but I didn t see it coming I m a huge fanf suspense fiction absolutely loving the surprising and unexpected twists and turns I ve read and re read a lot in this genre ver the years but John D MacDonald JDM had escaped me I m not sure why I had heard f the movie Cape Fear which was adapted from JDM s book The Executioners but for some reason I knew nothing f his pulp fiction series about Travis McGee One day I was having a conversation with my good friend and fellow GR member Cathy DuPont and she kept talking about this guy called Trav The way she spoke about him led me to believe that he was a very good friend f hers a Floridian neighbour and an all round wonderful guy It seemed that they d known each A Madinan View on the Sunnah, Courtesy, Wisdom, Battles History other for some time Cathy was clearly smitten with himSo you can imagine my surprise when much later I discovered that Trav was not real What do you mean he doesn t exist What are you saying Cathythat he s just some character in a book I actually sent Cathy this picture when I foundutAfter getting The Devil on Screen: Feature Films Worldwide, 1913 Through 2000 over my initial shock I had a longer conversation with Cathy about Trav I learnt that she isn her third reading Inner Presence: Consciousness as a Biological Phenomenon of the Travis McGee series That sure is something there are 21 books in total Cathy knows each book and indeed Trav insideut The sheer enjoyment that this series gives her is Emotional Recovery from Congenital Heart Disease: A Guide for Children, Youth, Adults and Parents obvious and her love for Trav infectious I just had to meet the man who put a smilen my friend s face Then in October 2014 this gal from Dubai met up with her friend from Florida for a few days RnR in New York city We visited a few bookstores and were fortunate to find Baby Face Nelson: The FBI Files one that had the full Travis McGee series I purchased Blue with Cathy by my side We both chuckled Such a perfectly wonderful momentAnd that perfection continued with the readingf this book The Deep Blue Good By aka Blue is the first Ulrike Meinhof And West German Terrorism: Language, Violence, And Identity (Studies In German Literature Linguistics And Culture) of 21 novels in the Travis McGee series by American author John D MacDonald All McGee novel titles incorporate a colour and the novels have essentially been written asne long story Sailor Moon SuperS, on the life and timesf Travis r Trav as he likes to be called Trav lives n a 52 foot barge type houseboat called The Busted Flush docked at Slip F 18 Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Florida The barge is named after the poker hand in memory f the game in which Trav won it Trav also wns a custom vintage Rolls Royce that has been converted into a pickup truck The truck is painted a horrid electric blue and Trav calls it Miss Agnes after an elementary school teacher whose hair was the same shade Trav with Busted Flush and Miss AgnesIf you asked Trav what his The Beer's Folded and the Laundry's Cold: Mostly-True Adventures In Housewifery occupation was he d hand you a business card that reads Salvage Consultant In reality he could be described loosely as a private investigator with mostf his business coming by word Vastness No. One of mouth His clients are usually people who have been deprivedf something important andor valuable typically by unscrupulous r illegal means and have no way to regain it lawfully Trav s usual fee is half the value f the item if recovered with McGee risking expenses and those who The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement object to such a seemingly high fee are reminded that Half is a lot better than nothing at all The pattern for the series is set in The Deep Blue Good by when a woman by the namef Cathy Kerr asks Trav for help recovering a dubiously earned fortune that her dead father lef. TRAVIS McGEEHe's a self described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game He's also a knight errant who.

Apher who hasn t known Travis long enough to figure ut whether he really does find things for people keeping half f its value Chookie just so happens to know someone looking for something and has invited her ver McGee hears the woman ut Cathy Kerr is a dancer whose father served in the Air Transport Command in India and Burma during the war and brought home an item f awesome value Cathy just doesn t kno Absolutely wonderful What a great start to a famous series 5 StarsAfter reading the entire series this is ne f my very favourite McGeesI love the early 1960 s Florida keys setting MacDonald s flowing and spare descriptive prose is wonderful almost like the words don t exist as if MacDonald just places the images directly into your mind Very Hemingway Truly amazing As usual with my reviews please first read the publisher s blurbsummary f the book Thank you Bonus From the 1970 Darker Than Amber movie starring Rod Taylor pictures Nuclear Family: A Tragicomic Novel in Letters of the producers ideasf McGee s The Busted FlushFull size image hereThe relationship between Travis and Chook is wonderful honest loving respectful sexy natural The prose is A Rage In Harlem open and honest and spare with good pacing A delightful way to begin this firstf series Travis McGee It s clear than even in 1962 MacDonald is a proto feminist His instincts are honourable yet sexy respectful but powerful AwesomeChook reappears now and then in future McGee novels and very surprisingly in the last ever McGree The Lonely Silver RainFull size image hereFull size image hereVintage Rolls Royce Miss Agnes pickup truck which I have made blue via PhotoshopFull size image hereLike Spielberg s shark in Jaws we feel the presence 日々蝶々 9 (Hibi Chouchou, of Junior without actually seeing him This tension is intense and superb and grows throughout the first 23f the book We know there s a battle to come and its Jesus Wars outcome is uncertain Excellent Some extras and wonderful uotes set the characterf young McGee As you can see I am an incurable romanticSeven mile BridgeFull size image hereThe drive down to Candle Key We drifted swiftly down through Perrine and Naranja and Florida City then through Key Largo Rock Harbor Tavernier and across another bridge nto Candle KeyFull size image hereManifest Destiny WOOT I do not function too well n emotional motivations I am wary f them And I am wary f a lot f ther things such as plastic credit cards payroll deductions insurance programs retirement benefits savings accounts Green Stamps time clocks newspapers mortgages sermons miracle fabrics deodorants check lists time payments political parties lending libraries television actresses junior chambers Coyote Creek of commerce pageants progress and manifest destiny I let herut I noticed a small and touching thing Despite all wounds and dejections her dancer s step was so firm and light and uick as to give a curious imitation f joy I guess Chook is about twenty three r four Her face is a little Headache older than that It has that stern look you see inld pictures f the Plains Indians At her best it is a forceful and striking face redolent f strength and dignity At worst it sometimes would seem to be the face f a Dartmouth boy dressed for the farcical chorus line But that body seen intimately than ever before was incomparably mercilessly female deep and glossy rounded under the tidy little fatty layer f girl pneumatics with useful muscleFree Love already beginning even in the early 1960s These are the playmate years and they are demonstrably fraudulent The scene is reputed to be acrawl with adorably amoral bunnies to whom sex is a pleasant social favor The new culture And they are indeed present and available in exhausting uantity but there is a curious tastelessness about them A woman who does not guard and treasure herself cannot be f very much value to anyone else But now Cathy had created the restlessness the indignation the beginnings f that shameful need to clamber aboard my spavined white steed knock the rust Islam, the Alternative off the armor tilt the crookedld lance and shout huzzahRecommendedArticle from Elle magazine 2017 How Playboy s Unsung Female Photographer Broke into the Boys Club and Took Them All for a Ride Christine stood there inside her smooth skin warm and indolent mildly speculative It is that flavor exuded by women who have fashioned an earthy and simplified sexual adjustment to their environment borne their young achieved an unthinking physical confidence They are Ten Terrific Monsters: A Hidden Item Book often placidly unkempt even grubby taking no interest in the nicetiesf posture They have a slow relish for the physical spectrum Investing In Islamic Funds: A Practitioner's Perspective of food sun deep sleep the needsf children the caresses The Dutch I Presume? Icons of the Netherlands of affection There is a tiny magnificence about them like the sultry dignityf she lions Mrs Atkinson She was a tall and slender woman possibly in her early thirties Her skin had the extraordinary fineness f grain and the translucence you see in small children and fashion models In her fine long hands delicacy f wrists floating texture f dark hair and in the mobility f the long narrow sensitive structuring Willful Subjects of her face there was the lookf something almost too well made too highly bred too finely drawn for all the natural crudities f human existence Her eyes were large and very dark and tilted and set widely She wore dark Bermuda shorts and sandals and a crisp blue and white blouse no jewelry f any kind a sparing touch The Eighth Tale of lipstickMcGee s self description is always somewhat satirical I havene Mousy Cats and Sheepish Coyotes: The Science of Animal Personalities of those useful faces Tanned American Bright eyes and white teeth shining amid a broad brown reliable bony visage The proper folk hero crinkle at the cornersf the eyes and the bashful appealing smile when needed I have been told that when I have been aroused in violent directions I can look like something from an unused corner f hell but I wouldn t know about that My mirror consistently reflects that folksy image f the young project engineer who flung the bridge across the river in spite f verwhelming Goldie Vance, Vol. 3 odds up to and including the poisoned arrow in his heroic shoulder The worst crimesf man against woman do not appear n the statutes A smiling man uick and handy as a cat webbed with muscle ard with money now at liberty in an unsuspecting world greedy as a weasel in a hen house I knew the motive The motive was murder Or else take the contemporarily untenable position that evil undiluted by any hint f childhood trauma does exist in the world exists for its wn precise sake the pustular beuest from the beast as inexplicable as BelsenYouthful sexual joy and power a celebration f the physical She came into my sleep and into my bed awakening me with her mouth You Can Have a Dog When I'm Dead: Essays on Life at an Angle on mine and strangely there was no shockr surprise in it My subconscious had been aware that this would happen A lady is a very special happening so scented and delicate and breathless and totally immaculate She wore a filmy something that tied at the throat and parted readily presenting the warm length f her the incredibly smooth texture f her to my awakening embrace Her breath was shuddering and she gave a hundred uick small kisses Her caresses were uick and light and her body turned and glowed and glided and changed in her luxurious presentation What She Left of self her mouth saying darling and her hair sweet in darkness a creature in endless movement using allf herself the way a friendly cat will bump and twine and nudge and purr I wanted to take her n her basis readying her as graciously as she had made herself ready with an unhurried homage to all her parts and purposes an intimate minuet involving ffer and response demand and delay until the time when it would all be affirmed and taken and done with what for want My Mom Loves Me More Than Sushi of a better name must be called a flavorf importanceA painful homage to the young whose dreams are doomed Bless them all the forlorn little rabbits They are the displaced persons f ur emotional culture They are ravenous for romance yet settle for what they call making The Art of Missing Link out Their futile acne pitted men driftut f high school into a world so surfeited with unskilled labor there is competition for bag boy jobs in the supermarkets They yearn for security but all they can have is what they make for themselves chittering little flocks f them in the restaurants and stores talking A Lot To Ask: A Life Of Barbara Pym of style and adornment dreamingf the terribly sincere stranger who will come along and lift them ut f the gypsy life f the two bit tip and the unemployment cut a tall cake with them swell them up with sassy babies and guide them masterfully into the shoal water f the electrified house where everybody brushes after every meal So they all come smiling and confident and unskilled into a technician s world and in a few years they learn that it is all going to be grinding and brutal and hateful and precarious These are the slums f the heart The Florida Keys retro style 1960s mapFull size image hereAnd finally two great blogs about John D MacDonald McGee and the rumoured never written novel where McGee diesThe Birth f Travis McGee fascinatingBlack Border for McGee rumours surrounding a final book never published Michael Pritchard is the reader the audio uality was terrible n these ld second hand tapes but I m really glad I listened to it While I ve read a few The Crook in the Lot (Vintage Puritan) of these booksver the years I ve never read this the first The Last Yeti one Originally published in the mid 60 s the Travis McGee series wasne f the staples f detective fiction for the next 10 r 15 years No this really isn t a 4 star book but it gets an extra ne for being so popular making such a wonderful break from the prudish 50 s One f the interesting things about McGee is that he has plenty f GameSpite Year One (Vol 1) opportunities for casual sex with beach bunnies ready to hand while heccasionally indulges he does so without much enthusiasm like a man who drops by McDonalds to simply satisfy his hunger The meal isn t great but it will do until he gets around to finding something better he knows it He s somewhat disappointed in himself for doing so Of course he does find meaningful relationships but things rarely work ut the way he plansMcGee is no James Bond like Paladin in Have Gun Will Travel Our self professed tough guy doesn t like to work lives in semi permanent retirement He nly takes Our Place in al-Andalus: Kabbalah, Philosophy, Literature in Arab Jewish Letters on a job when there is a good chancef a substantial return then takes 50% plus expenses Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany or so he says It s fun watching him give in rationalize his departures from his hard hearted intentions The action is pretty well done uite believable McGee can take caref himself he s a pretty big guy but he s no superman He lives aboard a house boat so there is a lot Arda Reconstructed: The Creation Of The Published Silmarillion of marine actionff the Florida coast too It all seems pretty accurate to me not terribly dated Oh it s set firmly in the 60 s but he s a fairly progressive sortNot great literature but a fun filling uick read a bit than just a candy book Some Sarai of McGee sbservations Ordinary Differential Equations of people are uite interesting somewhat thought provoking I m going to try to find somef these from my local library hopefully for download Cassettes are such a PITA after dealing with MP3. 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John D MacDonald was born in Sharon Pa and educated at the Universities of Pennsylvania Syracuse and Harvard where he took an MBA in 1939 During WW2 he rose to the rank of Colonel and while serving in the Army and in the Far East sent a short story to his wife for sale successfully He served in the Office of Strategic Services OSS in the China Burma India Theater of Operations A