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A Purple Place for Dying: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 3 | [John D. MacDonald]

A Purple Place for Dying: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 3

A Purple Place for Dying finds Travis McGee witness to a murder he can't prove and a kidnapping nobody wants to believe. McGee becomes a pawn between a wealthy Southwestern patriarch, the law, and a mysterious gang bent on insurance fraud. Just the kind of thing McGee revels in!
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A Purple Place for Dying finds Travis McGee witness to a murder he can't prove and a kidnapping nobody wants to believe. McGee becomes a pawn between a wealthy Southwestern patriarch, the law, and a mysterious gang bent on insurance fraud. Just the kind of thing McGee revels in!

©1964 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. Renewal © 1992 Maynard MacDonald (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 05-09-12
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 05-09-12

    BJS

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    "A man from the first half of the 20th century"

    These are classic mystery stories written at a time when $10,000.00 was equal to $100,000.00 in today dollars. Also men and women had different rolls. If you take that into the balance of the story, you can enjoy the mystery, and how Trav solves each problem he encounters. I have started with book one, and have now completed book 7. They all get better I have found. Just have to get used to some of the dated language and interplay between characters. It's not 2012, but late 1960's. I still find the stories really well written and have enough mystery and strange turns of events to make each Travis McGee story a gem.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Elad D.N. Hevel Eilot, Israel 05-01-12
    Elad D.N. Hevel Eilot, Israel 05-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Can't go far wrong"

    between John D. MacDonald and Robert Petkoff ! I read all the Travis McGee books back in the eighties, and now am rereading, er listening to, them, one by one. No question but that popular attitudes (towards women, for example) have changed immensely since these were written back in the fifties and sixties, but some things never change, and it is these things that interested MacDonald. Now they're period pieces, but the crisp prose and keen insight bestow extra value and style. Recommended.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 04-26-12
    Amazon Customer United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "My favorite so far"

    This one has our "Beach Bum" hero in a western city surrounded by desert. The action starts off fast and every time I thought I had figured out who the bad guy was, they got killed! This story really keeps you thinking!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Darwin, Australia 10-23-12
    Jane Darwin, Australia 10-23-12 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Well written and narrated detective series"

    What a series this is turning out to be. I am enjoying every aspect of the Travis McGee books. Beautifully written -- no mere narration here -- but phrases replete with layers of meaning and images.
    Thoughtful life philosophies are thrown into the mix and offer depth to McGee's motives. The characters are fully engaging -- ok, questionable stereotyping at time, but hey, these books were written between 1964 and 1986 and reflect the times. And what times: private investigators in all sorts of trouble and without mobile phones, the internet -- and roaming throughout society unimpeded by privacy policies and call centres.
    Furthermore, Life is interpreted by Travis Mcgee with practical philosophies based on really living.
    The plots are intriguing and plausibler. The author gently concludes each novel -- lets the main theme ebb away, and the characters have time to themselves to assimilate the invariably tempestuous events into their lives.

    And finally to the narrator. Well, he has had mixed reviews on Audible, but and I think he is excellent. Firstly he manages the voices very well. Secondly he has an easy, relaxed pace that reflects the text. And most importantly, he sounds as if he understands and respects the writer and what he is setting out to shares.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Clermont, FL, United States 10-06-12
    Terry Clermont, FL, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2004
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    "John MacDonald at his best"
    Would you listen to A Purple Place for Dying again? Why?

    I did listen to it again. It was worth a second listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Actually, Travis McGee story keeps my attention.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I do not believe I have listened to Petkoff's performance but I never pay that much attention to the performer unless he is bad.
    Then I make a note not to get other books by him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It surprised me. It was very well written. Lots of twists.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Spartansburg, PA, United States 04-25-12
    Eric Spartansburg, PA, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2005
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    "GREAT book, the narrator is growing on me."
    If you could sum up A Purple Place for Dying in three words, what would they be?

    philosophical, entertaining, fun


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the range of the narrator was impressive


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    as Travis tossed a stack of cash towards the fire


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-16-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Fun who done its!"

    My first of this series but definitely not my last. Great who done its, with a fantastic lead man. None of them are very long and will be nice brain cleansers in between some heavier longer listens. The narrator does an outstanding job with all the characters voices and is a definite asset to bringing the story to life. Good reviews from Stephen king and Dean Koontz. 

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Mx Long Beach, CA United States 06-04-12
    Frank Mx Long Beach, CA United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2005

    Cisco's Kid

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    "A blast from the past."
    Would you listen to A Purple Place for Dying again? Why?

    Yes. Except for The Hardy Boys, Travis McGee was my first serial character. His villains are bad, his damsels are vulnerable and this man knows what his values are. Who else would hit a bad guy with a sapphire? Plus he has his own brand of sex therapy. What's not to like? I still love to hear Travis' thoughts on the condition of our changing culture. Was it really so obvious then? In the 70's a reviewer described John D MacDonald as perhaps not even the best MacDonald currently writing in the genre. Now I can't remember the reviewer or the other MacDonald.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Revisiting an old friend.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I'll be looking for more.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just a wonderful nostalgia.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you. Now could you please do Mac Donadls' Condominium?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Becky AUBURN, IN, United States 05-29-12
    Becky AUBURN, IN, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "First MacDonald"

    This was my first MacDonald book. Will I will be sure to listen to the rest of the series. Good Listen to on the road!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Battle Creek, MI, United States 05-24-12
    Patricia Battle Creek, MI, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My Mystery Lovers Friends I would Tell Them to Get all of the Travis McGee Books - And they Did


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sometimes I Think McGee Has Too Big of Heart - But I can't do without Travis in my Life


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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