Darker Than Amber (Travis McGee Series #7)

Darker Than Amber (Travis McGee Series #7)

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John D. MacDonald is best known as the creator of that famous adventure and folk hero, Travis McGee. In DARKER THAN AMBER McGee and his philosophical cohort Meyer rescue a beautiful Eurasian woman from her "friends."

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780394560052
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/12/1987
Series: Travis McGee Series , #7
Edition description: Abridged

About the Author

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.

Date of Birth:

July 24, 1916

Date of Death:

December 28, 1986

Place of Birth:

Sharon, PA

Place of Death:

Milwaukee, WI


Syracuse University 1938; M.B. A. Harvard University, 1939

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Darker than Amber (Travis McGee Series #7) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic McGee
datrappert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
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slccfg More than 1 year ago
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.