MacDonald whose bio follows this 'bio' of Travis.
The first four books were published in , with Korean War veteran Travis already established in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on the houseboat that he won in a poker game and renamed the 'Busted Flush'. But he earns his largely-unreported income by hiring out as a 'salvage consultant' when he must, or when a friend in need calls on his help. For such dangerous work he charges half of the amount recovered. In "Nightmare In Pink" , Mike, an old Army buddy, asks Travis to investigate the death of the man whose strange death prevented his marriage to Mike's sister; the trail leads to Manhattan and Upstate New York; Travis discovers corruption by financial trustees and a call girl ring, and experiences harrowing confinement by the bad guys in a nuthouse.
Travis is hired by a woman from an Old West desert valley, who is shot dead just as Travis arrives to meet with her. He meets Lady Jillian, turns down her unabashed sexual offers, and becomes fast friends with her she appears in later books. Local hustler Willy Nucci is introduced, and Travis recuperates at the end with former client Cathy Kerr. Travis helps locate underwater treasure in La Paz, Mexico, and after several murders, goes to Samoa to catch the killer. Travis fends off a lounge singer's attentions and falls seriously for Gretel Howard. Travis uses guerrilla skills learned in the Army to destroy the organization and the camp.
Meyer is psychologically devastated after being taken hostage, and Travis becomes smitten with Annie, the tiny manager of a Gulf Coast hotel. Not only used books, but some new items as well. Bookmarks to ward off dog-eared pages , bookends to keep those out-of-control collections under control , bookplates to label books on the "Can I borrow that? With an interest in book-themed knick knacks as well, we had two sides to our would-be business: books and knick-knacks. Hence the business was born. In the early part of we bought a commercial property, and in the summer we first opened our doors in a storefront in Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.
With start-up stock consisting of a garage full of books hand-picked for just such a venture that we purchased from someone who changed their plans, we were in business. For several years we operated in this storefront, growing our business and learning about the industry and the backbone of it - the customers. It was very satisfying to be present at the end of someone's book quest, as we were quite often.
Many a time we heard shouts of joy from somewhere in the shop as customers happened upon just what they'd been looking for oftentimes for quite a while. At other times, people would approach us with bits and pieces of information that they remembered from long ago favourites in hopes that we could at least help them come up with an author or title to help in their search, which we often times did, with the book in hand.
And when we couldn't come up with anything on our own, we would pick the brains of other customers in conversation, or turn to the internet for help for them. For us, quality and selection of stock go hand-in-hand with customer service.
John D. MacDonald Before Travis McGee
One isn't much good without the other. But times, people, places, and lives change and after several years in our storefront we made a change of our own - in we relocated to the internet. Now a home-based business in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, we are gradually bringing our inventory online here. We carry used paperbacks, hardbacks, and magazines for both adults and children.
About fine copy in very good dust-jacket designed by Barbara Walton which has a neat repair on its blind side. MacDonald Mysterious Book Club, Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions.
John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee Novels at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore
MacDonald Fawcett, Used - Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Your purchase also supports literacy charities. No EPN number on last page designates first printing. Price on cover 75 cents, T and If 2 on last page not a true first..
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First Edition First Printing. As New. Robert Hale Ltd, Jacket edge worn, tapped, marked. Boards bumped, edge worn, a bit cocked, marked.
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Mild tanning, foxing, minor markings. However, it is still in good condition, tightly bound and intact. London: Robert Hale, price clipped DW otherwise VG with minor lamination peeling at ends of spine, plastic sleeve has left two faint rust marks to each paste down, very faint offset browning to rear fep, library marking to paste down and fep, fep has tape stain and 'Please do not remove cover' in red ballpoint, small ball pen 'A' to rear paste down, light dust soiling to closed edges, new endpapers would remove any trace of it's library provenance, first UK edition and first ever hardcover, pp.
Discarded library copy with library stamps, markings and pocket. Dust jakcet in clear mylar protector, taped to book. Text very good to fine.. Edition Not Stated. Early Printing. Very Good in wraps. Toning throughout. Slight lean to spine. A few pages have short tears mid book. Billy VerPlanck. Macdonald Fawcett, Very Good. Nice looking book, has minor edge wear. Pages are tan and not crisp white. First Edition; First Printing. Very good spine is straight, usual light toning to the pages, some rubbing and wear to the covers, with a bit of 'ink transfer' as often happens with these inexpensive vintage paperbacks and a small peeled spot on back coverg.
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Paperback original - first printing. A Travis McGee novel, set in Mexico, in the 'strange netherworld of the wandering drug users who find haven south of the border. Seller: Bookfever. Condition: Very good spine is straight, usual light toning to the pages, some rubbing and wear to the covers, with a bit of 'ink trans. Cengage Gale, Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition.
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