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Scarlet Ruse, The



Crime & Prison


Travis McGee


# Date Publisher Binding Cover
1 1973-06-00 Fawcett Gold Medal  

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Have you ever wanted to learn about the stamp trading business? Neither did Travis, but it turns out to be quite interesting. Hirsh Fedderman, a stamp dealer friend of Meyer's, has a strange problem; someone has switched a lot of good merchandise for garbage, and no one can figure out how. The raided collection belongs to an important underworld figure, adding another dimension of awkwardness to the situation.

We meet a new member of the McGee Regulars in Willy Nucci, a sardonically amusing hotelman with good connections in low places. Whenever Travis needs to find out something about the the local underworld and their methods, Willy is his reluctant tutor. There's also a Columbo-style cop named Goodbread who's not as dumb and lazy as he puts on.

Mary Alice, Hirsh's loyal employee, is just Travis's type - six foot tall and awesomely athletic. McGee is smitten until he figures out why he shouldn't be. While recovering from the kind of serious pounding he gets near the end of most of these stories, Travis is lovingly nursed back to life by old friend Cathy Kerr, whom he helped in THE DEEP BLUE GOODBYE.

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