A Deadly Shade of Gold (Travis McGee Series #5)

A Deadly Shade of Gold (Travis McGee Series #5)


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“John D. MacDonald was the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King

With an Introduction by Lee Child

When Travis McGee picks up the phone and hears a voice from his past, he can’t help it: He has to meddle. Especially when he has the chance to reunite Sam Taggart, a reckless, restless man like himself, with the woman who’s still waiting for him. But what begins as a simple matchmaking scheme soon becomes a bloody chase that takes McGee to Mexico, a beautiful country from which he hopes to return alive.

Deception. Betrayal. Heartbreak. When Sam left his girlfriend, Nora, and vanished from Fort Lauderdale, no one was surprised. But when he shows up three years later lying in a pool of his own blood, people start to ask questions. And his old friend Travis McGee is left to find answers.

But all he has to go on are a gold Aztec idol and a very angry ex-girlfriend. Is that enough to find his friend’s killer? And when the truth is as terrifying as this, does he really want answers after all?

Praise for A Deadly Shade of Gold

“Travis McGee is the last of the great knights-errant: honorable, sensual, skillful, and tough. I can’t think of anyone who has replaced him. I can’t think of anyone who would dare.”—Donald Westlake 

“John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field.”—Mary Higgins Clark

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812983968
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Series: Travis McGee Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 147,810
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.86(d)

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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mrtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This entry in the Travis McGee series takes our reluctant knight from the comfy confines of his houseboat to an obscure Mexican resort town. McGee traces the footsteps of his brutally murdered friend Sam Taggart. He's accompanied by the leggy and luscious Nora Gardino, the dame Sam loved and left years ago.What they uncover is a rat's nest of corruption and crime, with all tendrils leading back to a shadowy millionaire. This is not my favorite among the MacDonald 'color' novels I've read, but it's still very high quality entertainment.
Bozakakia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My favorite of John D. MacDonald non-Travis McGee books. The novel is set in a comfortable backwater marina beginning to be targeted by urban developers. The marina provides the usual neighborhood of beloved and good friends, tolerated neighbors, working girls, charter fishermen, newcomers, characters, hangers-on and visitors passing through with only living on and next to the water as the unifying factor.MacDonald tells his story of these characters encountering and interacting in the late summer in the first person voices of his main characters. The narratives progress and reveal more and more detail about the characters, setting, conflicts. The narratives are interesting, teasing and revealing as the main narrating characters set the background, conflicts, hopes and desires as only the intimate and knowledgeable voices of old members of a community can. The story unfolds like an old friend catching the reader up on what happened this summer while they were gone on vacation over a beer in a shady seaside bar.As personal crises, long-anticipated plots of revenge, on-going lives, lust, love, sex, and human foibles come to a boil under hot Florida sun, desires, needs and justices are satisfied and resolved by the characters and passers-though at the season's end party . . . and the resolutions are unexpected.I saw someone listed this as A Travis McGee novel. It is not!, although this marina is a forerunner in MacDonald's imagination as the setting for Slip F-18 at Bahia Mar Marina, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a great read. MacDonald wrote with an amazing gift. Truly one of the great writers of the 20th century!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pleased to see that John MacDonald has been revived for Nook readers. They are fun and lighthearted mysteries and good reads for planes and beaches.
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*Puts down a 1 month rent pay and walks in.* Thank you!
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