From a beloved master of crime fiction, Dress Her in Indigo is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.
Travis McGee could never deny his old friend anything. So before Meyer even says please, McGee agrees to accompany him to Mexico to reconstruct the last mysterious months of a young woman’s life—on a fat expense account provided by the father who has lost touch with her. They think she’s fallen in with the usual post-teenage misfits and rebels. What they find is stranger, kinkier, and far more deadly.
“To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.”—Kurt Vonnegut
All Meyer’s friend wants to know is whether his daughter was happy before she died in a car accident south of the border. But when McGee and Meyer step foot in the hippie enclave in Oaxaca that had become Bix Bowie’s last refuge, they get more than they bargained for.
Not only had Bix made a whole group of dangerous, loathsome friends, but she was also mixed up in trafficking heroin into the United States. By the time she died, she was a shell of her former self. And the more McGee looks into things, the less accidental Bix’s death starts to seem.
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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
Education:Syracuse University 1938; M.B. A. Harvard University, 1939
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I had read a few of John D MacDonald¿s novels as a teen some 30 years ago, and found them both entertaining and no doubt a bit titillating. This year my mom leant me a box of old MacDonald paperbacks to peruse, and Dress Her in Indigo was my seventh book out of the box so far this year. I¿d have to rate it as my least favorite, at least of the Travis McGee books, this time around. I¿m not sure whether it¿s really all that much worse than the others, or I¿m simply growing a bit tired of the series.The plotting did offer a nice change of pace from the familiar McGee formula, with victims, sexual diversions, and bad guys all a varying considerably from the previous books I¿ve read in the series. And the Mexican setting offered a bit of intriguing color.But McGee has somehow lost much of his appeal, and I found the other characters to be uniformly neither believable nor sympathetic, with Lady Becky striking me as particularly gratuitous.McGee does get to beat up both a gay man and a lesbian, and he proves to himself and the book's readers that hippies really are all dirty losers. I suppose some readers might get satisfaction out of that, but it didn¿t do anything for me.
Number twelve in the McGee series takes Travis and Meyer to Mexico where they investigate an "accident" that killed a friend's daughter. One of the best interactive scenes of the "old guard" and modern youth occurs in this book where Trav sets some young kids straight.
Not his best
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