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Book Note: John D. MacDonald, The Scarlet Ruse

I read this book about 28-Mar-2004. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1973. This note was last modified Monday, 05-May-2014 22:23:10 PDT.

This is book 14 of the "Travis McGee" series.

This note contains spoilers for the book.


Lucky 13!

This starts out with a really cool ripoff of a nice man who sells stamps. As investigation proceeds, it becomes evident that indeed one of the people present when the book was out of the safe-deposit box pulled the switch; in fact one of the people known to have handled the book.

And we get a really nasty woman for a villain, too. Involved with the underworld, and Travis again gets a glancing connection to it.

Travis McGee Meyer gets dragged in, but not too badly abused this time. Travis, though, is really worked over, and needs major reconstructive surgery and a long recovery. He must be starting to look rather like Frankenstein's monster by this point (only a little smaller). I don't think the little portrait on the back cover of these really does him justice. However, that little portrait is a standard feature of all the copies I've read so far this time. (Looking ahead, I see it only lasts one more book, though, and then disappears. Even the author photo goes away a couple books after that—when they start using metallic ink, looks like.)

Turquoise Lament cover The
Scarlet Ruse cover On the other hand, it's at least a small bit more reasonable than the ones going on the book covers around here! I don't know who that guy is, but he's sure not Travis! (And not the same other guy, either). (These are not the covers that you'll find on the editions the links to Amazon get you; I looked up and put in ISBNs for current editions for that.)

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