The master of Florida noir, John D. MacDonald was admired by writers like Stephen King, Lee Child and Dean Koontz among many others. MacDonald’s most famous character was Florida’s dark-knight Travis McGee. In his first adventure, there were 21 books in the series, McGee willingly helps out, he called himself a “salvage consultant,” a young woman recover illegal funds her father stole and smuggled back home during the war. His fee is fifty percent of what he recovers.
Travis’ methods of getting information are not always, I guess you can say legal. In this book, he strips one drunk guy, ties him up in a shower, hits him with cold water to sober him up, and then with hot scorching water to get him to talk. That said, McGee can be introspective, philosophical, sometimes cynical, and does have his moments of charm with women. Florida isn’t all fun in the sun.
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You have an affinity for Florida noir like I do for Texas noir. Atmosphere and ambiance invite this kind of story telling. The swampiness, wildlife and ethnic mix of Florida, the wide open nothingness of the Texas prairie , the loneliness and rugged individualism, are noir paradises. I’m working on a Texas noir post right now. I’ll make note of John D. McDonald.
Looking forward o reading it.
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