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The Green Ripper (Travis McGee Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – Abridged, April 20, 1996
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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
About the Author
John D. MacDonald was an American novelist and short-story writer. His works include the Travis McGee series and the novel The Executioners, which was adapted into the film Cape Fear. In 1962 MacDonald was named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America; in 1980, he won a National Book Award. In print he delighted in smashing the bad guys, deflating the pompous, and exposing the venal. In life, he was a truly empathetic man; his friends, family, and colleagues found him to be loyal, generous, and practical. In business, he was fastidiously ethical. About being a writer, he once expressed with gleeful astonishment, “They pay me to do this! They don’t realize, I would pay them.” He spent the later part of his life in Florida with his wife and son. He died in 1986.
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I picked this one up and found it to be my favorite in all of that series. I haunt libraries the way sadness hangs back but haunts the pages of this work. Set the publication date at 1979, and in all that has happened since, it is
almost visionary. As it is basically a fiction of soldiering, special ops, and aysmmetrical warfare, etc. If
you miss the Georges Santayana quote on the epigram page, you have missed the book's whole point. It is ugly, it
is relentless, it is bloody. It is supposed to be. One man's war of vengeance on the terrorists who murdered one
woman. A decade removed from 9/11, how close to the bone it cuts--defining the mindless optimism evil seems always
to possess in those who work at it, for whatever reasons. For any reasons.
Those sunnily disposed should avoid this book. You'll put it down with the smell of gunpowder in your nose, and grave dirt under your fingernails.
I grew up in the 60's in Ft Lauderdale and knew Bahia Mar well. But I also grew up in Fayetteville NY where John D lived and sold insurance after graduating from Syracuse -- or was it Harvard. Yet somehow I never read him until the 90's. What a treat it has been!
The Green Ripper may be the most important McGee book because of September 11th. Here John D gives us his ideas on terrorism. He gives it a religious basis. He explores its financing and organizational management structure. He gives it an international reach. He explains the psychology of the participants and their training mehtods. He shows the inability of law enforcement to prevent it. Written in 1979, he makes some predictions regarding the future -- that is, now.
Of course, it is a McGee book. Therefore we have a McGee-solution, which he called a Dissat-solution in "A Tan and Sandy Silence", heh. When McGee infiltrates a terrorist training camp, mayhem ensues, putting it mildly.
The book stands alone because of the effect it all has on McGee. Get to know him; read the earlier titles first. Then come to The Green Ripper. The epilogue will be particularly moving.
I liked it less than A Bullet for Cinderella, but it was still a good read. MacDonald sets a scene with such perfect detail! He is truly a master.
I love the Reacher novels so these are possible fill in reads in between Child's releases.