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Book Title: The Deep Blue Good Bye|
The author of the book: John D. MacDonald
Date of issue: 1968
ISBN 13: 9780330020381
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 29.45 MB
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This book should have been called To Catch a Rapist You Have to Think Like a Rapist. I'd always heard good things about John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series, so I decided I'd start at the beginning, and bought the first couple of books in the series. After reading The Deep Blue Good-by, however, I don't have much interest in reading any more. The main problem I had with this book is its protagonist. Travis McGee is a self-important asshole who overexplains his trite beach-bum "philosophy" any chance he gets, which invariably stops the narrative dead in its tracks. But the worst part about him is his attitude toward "the ladies." McGee sees himself as God's gift to women but in reality is one step away from being a date rapist. McGee is the only fully realized character in this book. The women are all wholly defined by their physical characteristics; McGee is a harder and more thorough judge of women's bodies than Lorenzo Lamas. He notices every pucker and imperfection and ascribes to them character in a way that seems almost medieval. Nevertheless, MacDonald is clearly under the impression that McGee is a sensitive, sexy, and intelligent man who understands women and what they need, which only makes things creepier.
Anyway, The Deep Blue Good-by is all about Travis McGee tracking down a thief and serial rapist named Junior Allen. As McGee gets closer to Allen he has an unerring ability to know which young girl in a group is the most vulnerable and innocent, and therefore the ripest prospect for violation by Allen. The plot could have been interesting, but because of McGee's attitude towards life and love, it ends up just being weird and creepy.
Also, anyone named Travis who prefers to be called "Trav" is a fucking prick.
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Read information about the authorJohn D. MacDonald was born in Sharon, Pa, and educated at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Syracuse and Harvard, where he took an MBA in 1939. During WW2, he rose to the rank of Colonel, and while serving in the Army and in the Far East, sent a short story to his wife for sale, successfully. After the war, he decided to try writing for a year, to see if he could make a living. Over 500 short stories and 70 novels resulted, including 21 Travis McGees. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._...
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