By John D. MacDonald
While Travis McGee discovers a face from his prior mendacity in a pool of blood on an inexpensive hotel room flooring, he desires solutions. yet thus far, all he has are questions--plus the doubtful inheritance of his friend's vengeance-driven female friend, and a helpful old Aztec golden idol. half insurgent, half thinker, and each inch his personal guy, Travis McGee plunges right into a wild and dangerous trek for a killer that takes him from the Lauderdale shores to the seething corruption of yank expatriates in a far off Mexican city, to the plush excessive lifetime of the California jet set."A grasp storyteller, a wizard of debate, characterization, and plot."Chicago Tribune booklet international
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He went away three years ago. He got back today and called me up this afternoon, aboard the boat. I came right over and we talked for about an hour, about old friends and so on. I loaned him forty dollars. He said he was back to stay. I went on back to the boat. I spent the evening alone. I had my phone turned off. I went to bed and went to sleep. At quarter after twelve a woman came to the boat, a friend of mine. She used to know Sam. She said a mutual friend had phoned her and told her Sam was back in town.
I’ve got stage fright, Trav. ” “What you do, you hire fifty female trumpet players and dress them in white robes and then you-“ “Right. It’s my problem. ” “I wouldn’t know. ” “Oh,” “When she left, we shook hands. What she really wanted was a barbecue pit in the back yard, tricycles in the car port, guest towels, daddy home from the office at five-fifteen. She tried to be somebody else, but she couldn’t make it. ” He gave me a strange look. ” So I left him there and went on back to the boat, depressed in a vague way.
I had my phone turned off. I went to bed and went to sleep. At quarter after twelve a woman came to the boat, a friend of mine. She used to know Sam. She said a mutual friend had phoned her and told her Sam was back in town. She thought I might know where he was. She thought it would be a good idea if we both paid him a visit. I got dressed and drove her over here. She left her car back at Bahia Mar. His car was here. I knocked and there wasn’t any answer. I tried the door and it opened. I found the light switch.