The Turquoise Lament

The Turquoise Lament One of the most enduring and unusual heroes in detective fiction THE BALTIMORE SUNNow that Linda Pidge Lewellen is grown up she tells Travis McGee once her girlhood idol that either she s going cra

  • Title: The Turquoise Lament
  • Author: John D. MacDonald
  • ISBN: 9780449224786
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the most enduring and unusual heroes in detective fiction THE BALTIMORE SUNNow that Linda Pidge Lewellen is grown up, she tells Travis McGee, once her girlhood idol, that either she s going crazy or Howie, her affable ex jock of a husband is trying to kill her McGee checks things out, and gives Pidge the all clear But when Pidge and Howie sail away to kiss and One of the most enduring and unusual heroes in detective fiction THE BALTIMORE SUNNow that Linda Pidge Lewellen is grown up, she tells Travis McGee, once her girlhood idol, that either she s going crazy or Howie, her affable ex jock of a husband is trying to kill her McGee checks things out, and gives Pidge the all clear But when Pidge and Howie sail away to kiss and make up, McGee has second thoughts If only he can get to Pidge before he has time for any thinking.

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    • John D. MacDonald

      John 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 enpedia wiki John_D._

    259 thoughts on “The Turquoise Lament

    • “Remember, there is a very cold and strange entity that hides inside Howie Brindle. It is the imposter. He is the stage effect.” — Meyer to McGeeIt’s early December as this unusual Travis McGee novel begins. Whereas most of the McGee novels have mystery and suspense laced with resonating observations about life and society, with MacDonald casting a cloud on the sunshine of Florida with his insightful pondering of the misled, this one has those observations and insights front and center, [...]

    • (This is one of those books that’s a little tricky to review because I have to give up a fair amount of plot to discuss what I found so ridiculous about it, but it's all part of the basic set-up. If you know that you’re reading a crime novel and/or are familiar with Travis McGee it’s pretty obvious how things will play out. Plus, I’m not giving up anything about the ending so I’m not going to spoiler tag the whole review, but if you haven’t read and you don’t want to know too much, [...]

    • Linda Lewellen (nicknamed Pidge from childhood), is the lady in distress this time, but the connection is weighted with a history. Travis and Meyer worked with her father, an academic whose real vocation was serious and very lucrative underwater treasure hunting. Gutsy, impulsive, motherless, and insecure, a 17-year old Pidge stowed away on Travis's boat, the Busted Flush, and attempted a probative seduction. Travis delivered her back to her father, of course, and a year later, Pidge went off to [...]

    • A slow start but plenty of mystery and suspense once it got going. In this one we find Travis going to the aid of a previous acquaintance who feels like shes losing her mind and hearing voices whilst also chasing down a valuable item missing from her fathers estate.Pretty good overall but quite a lot of time spent on the backstory of certain events.

    • I had a few laments myself as I read this book. I've reread all but one of the series (out of order,) and I've noticed that McDonald's characters tend to speak alike unless they're from another country. And what it is, is, many sentences are written in the style of this sentence, no matter who is speaking. Next lament: I found the beginning of the book boring. I'm sure treasure-hunting is incredibly difficult work, but I don't want to read a for Dummies edition of how it's done. This was all to [...]

    • Another very solid entry in the Travis McGee series. There's not really any "recovery" in this story--MacDonald has clearly moved beyond the transactionality of the traditional PI novel. TURQUOISE is also light on the fisticuffs, and instead offers insights into relationships and psychology, including of the sociopathic kind. We get a good dollop of melancholy about getting older and youthful opportunities unrealized, thanks to the return of a young woman's from Trav's past. Of course women rare [...]

    • Published in 1973 and is the 15th book to "star" Travis McGee. Again, great names for some of the characters - Pidge and Howie. Travis is a great character and certainly, on the surface, seems to live a life dreamed by most men. John D MacDonald (1916-1986) . Interestingly. Travis ponders and makes fairly stark warnings on oceanic pollution in this book - ahead of the times? Prone to a bit of down home philsophy, my favourite quote from the book -"Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't [...]

    • 3.5*Very suspenseful! Spoiler!(view spoiler)[And what a nice surprise that for once McGee is in time to save the girl rather than having to revenge her! (hide spoiler)]

    • Although not one of the best efforts in the series, No.15 gives author John D. MacDonald plenty of opportunity to extend his anti-development, pro-environment rants outside of Florida--to endangered Hawaii and American Samoa. In both idyllic tropical paradises, greedy commercial interests are busy turning pristine beaches into sewers and dumping “unfolding clouds of glop staining the harbor, browning the blue” (p244). I particularly liked this line: “The parking meters at the beach area st [...]

    • Travis McGee is so perfect, like all those 1960s heroes who are chipped from bronze, who have beautiful women buzzing around their heads like flies, and whose wallets are always filled with the wherewithal to go at a moment's notice to far and exotic places. That's probably why I will probably not read any more John D. MacDonald novels. It's not that they're bad; but I hate measuring myself against so much perfection. God knows I was born with a "go thither" look as far as lissome models are con [...]

    • This novel was not the usual "Travis McGee" adventure. It started very slow where I get to the point of boredness, and just continued hoping the story will alter in a past-paced direction, which it did. The thrill start building up when Travis start looking for Linda's (Pidge)husband Howie Brindle's past.A sociopath who's planning his wife's demise just to get a bequest left by her father before he met an accident. A coexecutor defrauding his client in connivance with a hostile husband. But Trav [...]

    • Solid entry in JDM's Travis McGee series. The knight-errant from The Busted Flush this time helps out an old friend with a loopy husband. Lots of philosophical asides from Travis that fit into the plotline. Good action sequences. Enjoyable read.

    • 2o jun 15#49 from macdonald for me and the 16th travis mcgee story. if you have not read any of the other stories from macdonald, if all you've read is the travis mcgee stories, you're missing out. you owe it to yourself to read at least some of them. they're good stories. macdonald nails it all down, character, story-line, story. last macdonald read was The Scarlet Rused i took a break in between reading a pile of mcgee stories to read The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread, another story that y [...]

    • THE TURQUOISE LAMENT. (1973). John D. MacDonald. ***.This episode from the trials of Travis McGee presents us with a side of Travis that doesn’t show him off well. He’s too interested in chasing and bedding a variety of women to keep his eye on the ball. The daughter of an old friend of his calls Travis and asks for his help. She believes that her husband is trying to kill her. Travis goes to her, but rather than addressing the issue, he manages to fall in love with her. This does not preclu [...]

    • This is my eleventh John D. MacDonald mystery along with his beach boy character, Travis McGee. A clever mystery and the best to this point. Travis gets out of Florida in this adventure and half way around the world having to deal with bankers, attorneys, fortune hunters, and the beautiful rich people of the world whom he has little patience for. Unlike most of his ventures, he actually winds up with the girl

    • Another excellent book in the Travis McGee series by John MacDonald. McGee helps a gal whom she knows through her father. Things in her new life with a marriage just doesn't pan out. She flys to Hawaii to help and finds nothing wrong. He returns to Florida with some suspicions. He investigates her husband and flys to Pago Pago to check if she is still alive.

    • Apparently a classic 1970s mystery novelist I'd been unfamiliar with until now. Really great details and observations about humanity and life.

    • I serendipitously bought this at a junk store in Waldport for .50 just so I could break a $20. Turned out to be the perfect beach read.

    • Meyer says that not only are the New People incapable of being alone and idle without cracking; they feel compelled to turn all loners into group animals like themselves. (p. 16)It is so damned trite to say that they don't build them like that any more. They can still build them, if there's anybody left with money like that. The anticipated pleasure slowly faded and died. I did not enjoy looking at the Trepid. Let me explain about a boat person, one like me who is always a step behind or a step [...]

    • The Turquoise Lament is the 15th of 22 Travis McGee novels written by John D. MacDonald. This book was originally published in 1973, 9 years after the series begins with a Depp Blue Goodbye.Travis McGee novels, and probably John D. MacDonald overall but I would not know, are a read not for everyone. The novels are a product of their times. McGee is an ethical playboy, I suppose. He sleeps around a lot but is painted as the rogue with a heart quite different from the books antagonists who are rog [...]

    • One of my favorites in the McGee seriesA complex wonderful entry in the series as it slowly winds down. I don't want it to end. Highly recommended.

    • Wow!!The best of the horror of ordinary men, hiding the most evil within. McGee barely makes it through because he can't even believe it, at first.

    • So you want to be a Great American Novelist? OK. First, read every Travis McGee novel by John D. Then write a million words of crap (unfortunately, your first million words likely won’t have much value). After that, yes, you will be a ContenderE TURQUOISE LAMENT ©1973 – The plot here verges into the experimental, as John D. by this time was “Big Enough” as a successful writer to write any damn thing he pleased, exactly as he pleased; like Heinlein after STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND. But J [...]

    • John D. MacDonald’s tales of freelance “salvage expert” Travis McGee are, at heart, formulaic tough-guy adventure stories. The series ultimately transcends the formula in which it’s rooted—Travis grows, changes, ages, and becomes a fully rounded character—but even in its later, more complex installments the formula remains. Fans of the series can list the elements from memory: the Busted Flush, steaks and cocktails, an old friend in trouble, a beautiful woman, the main characters’ [...]

    • I’m going to wander a bit here. I first came across John D. MacDonald and Travis McGee almost 50 years ago by way of a library of paperbacks on a submarine. I’d had an introduction to this sort of thing by way of an early obsession with Erle Stanley Gardner and a little taste of James M. Cain. I’m not absolutely certain, but I think I read my way through at least a half dozen McGee adventures to fill the time when I wasn’t on duty, wasn’t sleeping, wasn’t eating, wasn’t playing car [...]

    • I’m not sure whether it’s entirely the book or whether I’ve read so many of the Travis McGee books that I’m perhaps burning out a little on them. This one had potential to be pretty exciting, but it didn’t work like that for me.Some years before the major action of this book takes place, then-17-year-old Linda, nicknamed Pidge by her family and friends, stows away on McGee’s boat, fully intending to pleasure McGee with her apparently lithe and youthful body. McGee, however, was a fri [...]

    • Had Travis McGee been in a science fiction novel, we would have had books like The Philosophy of McGee, similar to The Notebooks of Lazarus Long, dedicated to the wit and wisdom of this, MacDonald's best known and best loved character. Perhaps it is for the best. While not quite given to epigrams as Robert Heinlein, MacDonald definitely had a consistent vision of who this latter day Don Quixote was. Long before Robert Parker investigated male angst in the Spenser books, MacDonald had mined the e [...]

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