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The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper Audiobook

The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 10

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Publisher's Summary

Helena Pearson. Undeniably beautiful... indisputably rich... incredibly wanton... the perfect client for Travis McGee. He did a big favor for her husband and then for the lady herself. Now Helena is dead, and McGee finds out that she had one last request to make of him: find out why her beautiful daughter, Maurie, keeps trying to kill herself. So, half-convinced that Maurie needs a good doctor and not a devil-may-care beach bum, McGee makes his way to the prosperous town of Fort Courtney, Florida, a respectable, booming, deadly little place.

©1968 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Bonnie Sequim, WA, United States 08-01-15
    Bonnie Sequim, WA, United States 08-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Love me my Travis McGee"

    I read this last in print back when I was in college and it had just come out. Trav receives a letter from a woman he'd known years earlier asking him to find a way to save her older daughter from an apparent self-destructive bent. But little is as it appears once he arrives and meets again the woman he last saw as a bereaved adolescent.

    Well written and paced, and the appreciation for what was being done to the woman was way ahead of its time.

    Definitely recommended. And Petkoff has definitely made the McGee series his own!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Me & My Girls 06-17-14 Member Since 2016

    The wisdom is reaching far beyond what we see. Delight in the journey

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    "Aha, There Were Black People in Florida"

    Travis is given the assignment of saving a dying lover's child. I swear being a lover of McGee's has a higher fatality rate than smoking three packs a day in an Asbestos factory full of hazardous waste. Perhaps I'll do a study of the percentage of his paramour's that died early; it must be about the same level as that of a wartime infantry platoon.
    When McGee gets to the daughter's home in Fort Courtney Florida he finds a beautiful married woman with a childlike demeanor and a history of suicide. He checks into a motel; is picked up by a woman trying to set him up with a barbiturate loaded bottle of gin; he has a fight with her married boyfriend and then spends the night with the woman after the two of them argue; hey what a day.
    McGee gets involved with a couple of the motel's black maids when one grabs a few drinks out of the bottle of doctored gin and passes out in his room. Another of the maids at the motel agrees to help McGee find information; for a price. An assignment that she fulfills by presenting him with information that helps him greatly in solving the case. It was a long time coming for a man living in south Florida but in the tenth book in the series McGee interacts with a person of African descent.
    As always all the women in the book are eager to share McGee's bed but he only racks up two notches on the bedpost in the present.
    His attitudes gradually became more enlightened as the series continued and this time there are no misogynistic comments on the sexuality of any of the women in the book. Though when it came to the mother, Helena some of his opinions smack of turn of the century Freudianism. As always the writing is top notch and if you can ride with the implausibility's of the plot and the outdated attitudes this is a great listening experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    htoneill San Jose, CA USA 08-13-12
    htoneill San Jose, CA USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Predictable but Still Very Worthwhile"

    A series like this can get very predictable and tiresome. John MacDonald was a rare author that managed to deliver interesting stories even in such a challenging context. McGee and Meyer are interesting characters and I continue to enjoy watching them evolve from one book to the next. This series is the diametric opposite to Stuart Woods' Stone Barrington books, which are mind-numbingly predictable and formulaic. The Travis McGee series is one of the more compelling options in the genre; strong recommendation to start at the beginning and read them all...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 09-09-12
    Amazon Customer United States 09-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The hits just keep on coming"

    I really wish I had read these books when I was younger! Who knows, I might be a boat bum now! But this is excellent Travis McGee. A really good listen and lot of fun,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Maberry -NY Times Bestseller 06-11-12

    Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times best-selling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winner, anthology editor and comic book writer.

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    "Another superb performance"
    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Robert Petkoff has really captured the balance of idealistic optimism and jaded cynicism that defined Travis McGee.


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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 01-04-16
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 01-04-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

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    "Seemed to stretch along"

    This story seemed to progress slowly and not always logical.

    The narrator is excellent and really makes the story.

    Not my favorite McGee.

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    melanie 08-06-15
    melanie 08-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "More entanglements than usual."

    Had to re-listen to the reveal because there were so many bad guys caught up in it. Usually, McGee gets himself into more trouble.

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    Glenn 07-30-15
    Glenn 07-30-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Not his best"

    Not his best but still enjoyed. Damn if I don't want a Plymouth Gin every time I listen to a McGee novel.

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    "Brilliant"

    This was a gripping story and very well narrated. I am definitely going to read many more Travis McGee books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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