A wealthy old man laid up in the hospital is desperate to understand the last months of his daughter's life before she was killed in a car crash in Mexico. It was puzzling. She'd cleaned out her considerable bank account, left Miami and hadn't been heard from again.
Travis McGee ventures into the steep hills and strange backwoods of Oaxaca through a bizarre world of dropouts, drug freaks, and kinky rich people - and begins to suspect the beautiful girl's death was no accident.
©1969 John D. MacDonald (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Special thanks to my girls Stacy, Sash and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and for being there during my multiple recoveries
Travis and Meyer are in Mexico at the behest of a disabled businessman that Meyer knows in passing. They're mission; and they've decided to accept it, is to travel to Oaxaca and find out how things were for the man's dead daughter in the last year of her life. What they find is two men and two women being controlled and manipulated by a predator. One of those women is the man's daughter. The story of their time in Mexico is nothing that they can tell her father; so what to do? while they're attempting to discern their purpose Travis is used as a sex toy by an eccentric English woman. They make a local friend; one Enelio Fuentes who helps them with local matters and introduces them to a couple of beautiful sisters who are secretaries in one of Fuentes' family businesses in Guadalajara.
There is also a gay man named Bruce Bundy involved. MacDonald had a tolerant attitude towards gay men at least for the era but his extreme bias against lesbians; revealed in The Quick Red Fox is again on display in this work. Though it is done a great deal more subtly in this book than it was in that one it is still there. Despite the limitations inherent in a book created 45 years ago in a culture that is radically different the work stands up fairly well. As always where this author is concerned the plot, the characters and the pace of the book are all well done.
In the early 70s I thought I was a hippie, but not like these folks. Perhaps there had to be some like these to supply the drugs that seemed to be everywhere at the time, but thank God I never met any. (That I know of!) I really enjoyed the vision of Mexico at the time though. It seems so strange to hear now that the "Mexican peso was rock-solid" and that American investors were lining up to invest in Mexico. This has to be one of my favorte Travis McGee adventures.
Great story and characters. And, Petkoff's ability to carry the dialog in the various accents
One of the better-plotted stories, and a great setting in Oaxaca. Meyer is there throughout, which always gives good balance. Some unnecessarily sordid notes and some non-PC stances, of course, but all in all a good one. Fantastic voice performance, complete with Mexican, French and Midwestern accents.
Haven't read the print version. Just love to be read to, while sewing, on road trips, while folding the laundry and walking the dog
You don't know till the very end who did it?? Keeps you thinking
I started at book 1 and have now just finished Book 11 and I'm am enjoying Robert Petkoff.
At the beginning I was missing Darin McGavin but I am coming around.
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