The Empty Copper Sea: A Travis McGee Novel

The Empty Copper Sea: A Travis McGee Novel

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Overview

From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Empty Copper Sea is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.

Asking for help is something a proud man like Van Harder would never do. So when he shows up at the Busted Flush, Travis McGee knows that he must be the man’s last resort. What Harder wants salvaged is his reputation. After a long career as a seaman, he was piloting a boat the night his employer fell overboard. Harder is certain he’s been set up, but to help him, McGee must prove that a dead man is actually alive.

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

The fateful ride started with Harder at the helm of Hubbard Lawless’s luxury cruiser. It ends with him coming to, fuzzy and disoriented, and Hub lost to the water. Now everyone is saying that Harder got drunk, passed out, and is negligent in his boss’s death. The thing is, Van’s not a drinker . . . at least, not anymore.

Who would want to frame the good captain, and to what end? Dead or alive, Lawless is worth a lot of money. People are always eager to get a piece of that action—including some, as McGee soon finds, who are willing to take a piece out of anyone who gets in their way.

Features a new Introduction by Lee Child

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812984088
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Series: Travis McGee Series , #17
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 160,552
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(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

Education:

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

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The Empty Copper Sea: A Travis McGee Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
thin plot, cardboard characters , stupid dialogue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don’t want it to end....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've loved the whole Travis McGee series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th episode of the Travis McGee series that I have read. Once you have started to read John D. MacDonald's works you will be HOOKED.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good writing. The main character did seem realistic to me. It may be he is just not my type of person. Mlc
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always an excellent story by the master.
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Watcjes from a tree knowing that nightpelt hurt her