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Dress Her in Indigo (Travis Mcgee) Mass Market Paperback – March 9, 1996

4.3 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
Book 11 of 21 in the Travis McGee Series

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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

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Product Details

  • Series: Travis Mcgee
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; 1 edition (March 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449224627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449224625
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 7, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It really doesn't matter which Travis McGee book you are reading because they are all so pleasureable that it is like slipping into a warm bath. They possess great narrative drive and a character that is at once bigger than life, self-deprecating, philosophical and all too human.
Travis Mcgee is a great figure in literature. Over the 20 years or so that MacDonald wrote these 21 novels(all with a color in the title and all with the title somewhere in the novel), McGee aged by about a year for every three that MacDonald wrote. His insights grew sharper, his cynicism and self loathing battled with his heroic life and his incredible pleasures. His reliance on his physical dexterity and strength diminished as his cunning increased.
The books were written between approximately 1964 to 1984. This particular book was written in 1969. Relatively early in the saga, and one of a handful taking place in Mexico. Most took place in South Florida where he lived on a houseboat. Where else could he live?
He went to Mexico to find out what happened to a friend's daughter. Traveling with his frequent companion, Meyer, he uncovers some sinister plot and we are introduced to some great memorable characters, and always fabulous women including Elena from Guadalahara and Becky, a sexual machine. Since it is the late 60's, you get to see the hippies in Mexico and McGee's relation to them.
The wonder and greatness of these books lies in the writing and the creation of a world and a being that you are lucky to tag along with during your time together.
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If I recall, John D. MacDonald considered this novel a "failure." But a failure by MacDonald would be a success for most other writers. It's not the best in the McGee series but still has much to recommend it. The prose remains superb, there are quirky and interesting characters, a very, unlikely villain and a few surprising twists and turns. It was written in 1969 and the social upheaval of the times is in the background of the novel, even though it takes place in Mexico. As such, there are sections that can be read as an insightful sociological treatise on the times.
I think you have to rate "Gold," "Silver" and "Green" as the best of this series, but don't overlook "Indigo" either.
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If there is a weak link in the chain of Travis McGee novels, I have yet to find it. MacDonald's "Dress Her In Indigo" is yet another great tale in the long list of books of the McGee cycle, and I have read more than a dozen of them. This one has the same driving pace, magnetic and realistic characters, and acerbic wit as any other in the series.
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I think I discovered John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee thriller novels when I was a senior in high school and devoured all 21 at least once. At the time, they were breaths of fresh, exciting air from one of the prolific giants in the mystery-suspense field with over 78 books to his credit. His lead character, Travis McGee is an errant knight with a deep concern for the environment and a sense of fairness. He can't abide brutality or wrongs that need righting, and he usually figures out a way to fix them. Unfortunately, MacDonald died in 1986. While the Travis McGee series remained available in paperback, Amazon wasn't able to bring out Kindle editions until earlier this year. Regrettably, they are prices at $9.99, which is a bit high. The stories remain good reads, but after a steady diet of Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Daniel Silva, David Baldacci, Dennis Lehane, Vince Flynn, and others, I found Dress Her in Indigo a bit dated and slow. In his day, he took the craft to a new level, but a lot of new writers have now passed him by. Still, without Travis McGee, there would be no Jack Reacher; and John D. McDonald is always worth a read.
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A classic commentary on the 60s counterculture by John McD. A group of flower children are scattered across Mexico and have information concerning Bix Bowie's last days. As Meyer and McGee unravel the story, the gang starts dropping like flies. Several neat twists and a jawdropping finale. Reading this book brought back memories of old Dragnet and Adam-12 shows featuring the degenerate hippies. Trav gets more work in the bedroom than in any other I've read. Along the way he gets to pummel a homosexual AND a lesbian(not that there's anything OK with that, they just had it comin' to them).
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The lead character is a Simon Templar-like guy who goes around trying to help people in distress except this guy does it for money. All of the series stories make for interesting reading with a slight touch of sex. This one is much the same. There are better novels, but this is pretty good. I enjoyed it and found it hard to put down.
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Read this series the first time while in the Navy as a teen. Now thirty years later I am on my third time through series, and each time I enjoy it as much if not more than the first time. John D. McDonald is a true master story teller, and Travis McGee is the hero we can all admire, envy and root for.
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I'm a huge John D. Macdonald, but re-reading Dress Her in Indigo I found this early installment in the Travis McGee series to be very dated. The late 1960s drug scene begins to tire after a few pages, and McGee's (and Macdonald's) take on gay and lesbian characters may just reflect the times, but it is nonetheless disturbing. The Oaxaca, Mexico, setting is interesting, but the expat and Mexican characters verge on caricature.
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