Her eyes, "just a little darker than amber," pull them into a crisis that nearly finishes them. As the mystery unfolds, McGee follows to its end the trail of a band of murderous profiters.
About the Author
Date of Birth:July 24, 1916
Date of Death:December 28, 1986
Place of Birth:Sharon, PA
Place of Death:Milwaukee, WI
Education:Syracuse University 1938; M.B. A. Harvard University, 1939
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't know that I have ever read two Travis McGee books back-to-back. Usually, one can only take so much of the guy. But the previous entry in the series, Bright Orange for the Shroud, while being terribly mean to most of its women characters, is still rather happy by McGee standards. Darker than Amber, like Bright Orange, centers on a group of con men and women--but in this case, their game is deadly. The book's opening, with McGee and Meyer pleasantly fishing for snook when a girl with her feet wired to a cement block drops into the water beside them (fouling McGee's line) is a classic. From there, this is a very dark work, enlivened by the partnership of McGee and Meyer (an economist who also owns a boat), which is far different than any alliances McGee has formed up to this point. And unlike a few of those other alliances, the author's love for Meyer is so evidently strong that you can't imagine him meeting a tragic end. (Of course, the fact that he isn't a woman gives him a better chance of surviving any McGee novel.)In any case, McGee, with a lot of Meyer's help, weaves a web of deception that is beautiful to behold in ensnaring the bad guys, and he does it with a malevolence and cold-bloodedness that is truly breathtaking. Along the way, we learn that McGee can hold his breath for a long time, resist bedding a beautiful woman if she is a prostitute, speak a few words of Italian, and all sorts of other useful skills for a "salvage expert".The character of Meyer sets this book apart, since he does most of the philosophizing and moralizing rather than it coming from McGee. Somehow, coming from Meyer, it seems a little more natural. And I subscribe wholly to Jung's theory of "The I" and "The Not I" that Meyer relates, saying he read about it in a book by a woman whose name he doesn't remember. It was Mary Esther Harding. Lots of copies available on abebooks.com.
Written in the mid 60's the book is showing its age, however it is still a nice little book to read on a snowy day when you don't want to go outside. The characters have little developement however they are interesting and the book moves at a nice pace.