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Bright Orange for the Shroud: A Travis McGee Novel [Kindle Edition]

John D. Macdonald , Lee Child
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"McGee has become part of our national fabric."


Usually women came to take refuge aboard The Busted Flush. But this time a man stumbled on board, a walking zombie who fell into bed. Turned out poor Arthur Wilkinson was the latest victim of a fragile-looking blonde sexpot who used the blackest arts of love to lure unsuspecting suckers into a web of sordid schemes. Travis had thought he'd have a quiet summer. Instead he took on the most cunning, heartless, vicious con artists he'd ever met....

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

MacDonald, whose 21 Travis McGee novels represent arguably the best U.S. mystery series of the past 50 years, died in 1986, leaving behind a legion of fans. Sadly, Travis McGee seems lost amid today's hip, violent, and politically correct private eyes and series detectives, so much so that most of today's younger mystery readers may never experience this National Book Award-winning series. Yet audio producers seem committed to keeping the series alive for a new generation of readers and audiobook fans, as this example proves. Bright Orange for the Shroud tells of a dangerous confidence scheme that traps one of McGee's friends. Soon, McGee infiltrates the group and takes on its sexy operative, with explosive results. In A Deadly Shade of Gold, McGee comes into possession of an evil-looking, solid gold Aztec icon that leads to a perilous fortune. Reader Darren McGavin, who narrates the entire series for Random Audio, employs a world-weary, laid-back voice that is perfect for the enigmatic McGee. Recommended wherever good mysteries circulate. Random Audio offers the entire Travis McGee line in abridged format; libraries seeking unabridged versions should look to Books on TapeR.?Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"
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Praise for John D. MacDonald and the Travis McGee novels
The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King
“My favorite novelist of all time . . . All I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me. No price could be placed on the enormous pleasure that his books have given me. He captured the mood and the spirit of his times more accurately, more hauntingly, than any ‘literature’ writer—yet managed always to tell a thunderingly good, intensely suspenseful tale.”—Dean Koontz
“To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.”—Kurt Vonnegut
“A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Talk about the best.”—Mary Higgins Clark
“A dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character . . . I envy the generation of readers just discovering Travis McGee, and count myself among the many readers savoring his adventures again.”—Sue Grafton
“One of the great sagas in American fiction.”—Robert B. Parker
“Most readers loved MacDonald’s work because he told a rip-roaring yarn. I loved it because he was the first modern writer to nail Florida dead-center, to capture all its languid sleaze, racy sense of promise, and breath-grabbing beauty.”—Carl Hiaasen
“The consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer . . . John D. MacDonald created a staggering quantity of wonderful books, each rich with characterization, suspense, and an almost intoxicating sense of place. The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author and they retain a remarkable sense of freshness.”—Jonathan Kellerman
“What a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again.”—Ed McBain
“Travis McGee is the last of the great knights-errant: honorable, sensual, skillful, and tough. I can’t think of anyone who has replaced him. I can’t think of anyone who would dare.”—Donald Westlake
“There’s only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again. A writer way ahead of his time, his Travis McGee books are as entertaining, insightful, and suspenseful today as the moment I first read them. He is the all-time master of the American mystery novel.”—John Saul

Product Details

  • File Size: 1787 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0812983971
  • Publisher: Random House; Reprint edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008WONVN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travis McGee and the Nature of Time September 28, 1997
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I now believe that Travis McGee, like all great detectives, exists outside of time. How can a novel written over 30 years ago speak to us so directly without reference to its era?
In BRIGHT ORANGE FOR THE SHROUD, knight errant McGee rights wrongs committed by an impromptu consortium which exists to defraud and destroy its victim utterly. McGee flushes out the book's ultra-villain, Boo Waxwell, and does what he can to rectify the wrongs done to an innocent man. All, I might add, without reference to the Cold War, Carnaby Street, Hippies, or anything else which would have identified the book as a product of the Sizties.
MacDonald's villains are the seven deadly sins, with an occasional personification of evil from the swamps like rapist-murderer-extortionist Waxwell thrown in. A wonderful read which I highly recommend.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential McGee April 27, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
All the ingredients of a great McGee tale are present here, including the essential South Florida locale. It's hard to believe these stories were penned almost thirty years ago, and the rare "tells" that crop up are pretty funny. The typical is a wardrobe description replete with dacron sailcloth slacks, white denim jackets with wooden buttons, and the omnipresent pale yellow ascot. Of course, money matters are a giveaway. Like a wealthy murder victims toney "$30,000 home".
That said, few authors nail a modern detective yarn quite like John D. Read this book, or any other in the series, and you'll see what I mean.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another McGee Goodie August 2, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked up "Bright Orange for the Shroud" based on a recommendation from Amazon. But I didn't need such encouragement: I am a big fan of John D. MacDonald and, especially, the Travis McGee series. My favorite MacDonald book is "A Flash of Green", but I've always come back to the McGee series. This one, full of that shifty Florida culture, its tennis court bombshell, and gallons of flowing booze, is archetypal MacDonald. And, as I say in each review, I sure hope more people out there are reading MacDonald's works.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love this BooK!! August 7, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
Classic.Timeless.Perfect. This book probably captures the feel of Lauderdale and the seamy side of South Florida better than any other. The country club scenes are wonderful as Trav moves effortlessly from tennis jock to covering murder tracks. "Ol' Boo" Waxwell is evil incarnate, but nowadays he would be a popular guy on the Jerry Springer show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MacDonald hits his stride... September 21, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Bright Orange for the Shroud, the fifth in his Travis McGee series, John D. MacDonald has really hits his stride. I have been reading this series in order, and each book gets better and better.

As always, McGee jumps in to help a friend who was swindled of his $250,000 inheritance (we're talking 1960's here). Arthur Wilkinson was scammed in a land deal by a crooked lawyer, a slick salesman, a brutal hoodlum, and even his own wife. McGee, Wilkinson and Chookie (Wilkinson's former girlfriend) combine forces to discover how the scam operated and to try and recover some of the money. Early on, we learn the identity of the bad guys, so there's no mystery here. But how McGee infiltrates this group to investigate their modus operandi is MacDonald at his best. When the situation suddenly goes out of control, you can't turn the pages fast enough.

Bright Orange for the Shroud doesn't follow the formulae of his previous books in that McGee doesn't develop a love interest. Also, there is less mayhem and murder, and more of the good guys are still alive at the end. In some of MacDonald's books, McGee travels the country, but McGee is best when keeping to his native Florida. His base of operation for this book is his own houseboat, The Busted Flush.

I can't believe this series was never turned into a television series or a movie. With the resurgence of interest in MacDonald, perhaps it's not too late.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The free-lance knight in slightly tarnished armor. July 14, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Travis McGee promised himself a trouble-free summer. But when the local nice guy turned up after having been nearly destroyed by a professional black widow, McGee reluctantly agrees to help. A tennis-playing brunette with a slightly shifty husband turns out to be more bait than anyone expected, and McGee goes hunting for True Evil in the form of this book's villain.
One of MacDonald's best McGee books, filled with the Florida detail and cynicism that are the series' trademarks. What makes it special is the almost unwilling belief in good that the main character nurtures in the face of so much human failing. One of those stories where nearly everything clicks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of MacDonald's best November 9, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the best in the McGee series, it's got a little of everything: high crime, sordid negotiations, action in the city and in the swamps, and all of it is wrapped around a really good, solid caper.
McGee helps Arthur Wilkinson get back the inheritance he lost in a real estate scam. In the process, he has a cool encounter with the head of a con ring, a washed-up lawyer, various tricky women and a swamp rat named Waxwell.
Though Waxwell and the book's climax owe no small debt to MacDonald's own "Cape Fear," this is still top-notch McGee and not a bad place for the uninitiated to start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best, surely the most intense, McGee story February 16, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read the entire McGee series and am now working my way through the unabridged audiobooks which were published by books on tape.

This is perhaps the simplest plot of the entire series. The fewest characters. No visit from Meyer, the economist.

Just three good guys, some medium bad guys, and one really memorable, but believable, super bad guy.

John MacDonald demonstrates that a uncomplicated and realistic plot with great and convincing characterizations is a much better read than a complicated, hard to believe plot. When you finish, you will muse that this could have been true, and suspect the author heard the germ of this story over a few beers in South Florida 50 years ago.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story, but can be tedious before reaching its ...
A good story, but can be tedious before reaching its climax. Lots of description of the Florida Keys and Everglades. Read more
Published 5 days ago by NC George
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Mystery
This Travis McGee novel is as terrific as all the rest of them!
Published 8 days ago by M. Curry
5.0 out of 5 stars Love that Travis mcGee!
John McDonald is great!! I have a crush on Travis McGee---he's the sort of guy I would like to have for a next-door neighbor.
Published 1 month ago by Merry Sunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 1 month ago by Wm. C. Boehmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
McDonald rocks
Published 1 month ago by donald solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars Travis McGee And The Terrible Vicious Conmen
If you have been reading Spillane's Mike Hammer and Westlake's Parker, turning to MacDonald's Travis McGee is a bit like going from Van Halen to Jimmy Buffett. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dave Wilde
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 3 months ago by Doug Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars A really excellent read.
Excellent read. It kept my attention beginning to end. McGee at his best!
Published 3 months ago by Marjorie A. Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars McGee came before Reacher
Enjoyable book in the Travis McGee series by John D. McDonald. Lots of late '60s Florida lore. A real nasty bad guy from the swamps is finally taken care of by McGee. Usual babes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BobbieMac421
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkness in the sunshine
"Bright Orange For The Shroud" is another terrific "Travis McGee" adventure. A moody story set in the Florida sunshine, this one involves McGee trying to help a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joseph P. Menta, Jr.
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