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Travis McGee


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1 1964-04-00 Fawcett Gold Medal  

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TRAVIS McGEE He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half....

This first story introduces McGee, Fort Lauderdale based salvager-of-lost-causes; his cruisable barge-style houseboat; the Bahia Mar Marina community; and "Miss Alice", his old Rolls Royce turned into a homemade pickup truck.

A spunky choreographer named Chookie makes her first appearance and will dance her way through the series here and there as a minor character.

There's a villain of a type we'll be seeing in several versions; a heartless predator who goes around corrupting the pubescent, seducing the lonely, raping and stealing from the vulnerable, and generally being a sexual and homocidal monster. All the heavy villains in these books get dispatched, usually by Travis, near the end of each story.

Although Travis doesn't get a serious romantic partner in this first book, he does the next best thing by supplying sexual therapy where it's needed. (Travis will be doing quite a bit of this kind of social work.)

Touched by Cathy Kerr, a simple back-woods woman who has been robbed of everything but her dignity, Travis agrees to try to recover her plundered inheritance. But first he needs to find out how her father managed to hustle his way into big money while flight-crewing around the Far East during WWII. And how the stash got smuggled in, where it was hidden, and how to get it back from the predator who tracked it down. This quest takes Travis off on a prowl among the Texas gaudy noveau riche, and also to Manhattan where he gets a crash course in the business of smuggling and fencing gemstones.

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