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The Long Lavender Look: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 12 | [John D. MacDonald]

The Long Lavender Look: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 12

A lovely young girl steps in front of Travis McGee's headlights. McGee misses the girl but lands in 10 feet of swamp water. As he's limping along the deserted road, someone in an old truck takes a few shots at him. And, when he goes to the local sheriff to complain, the intrepid Travis McGee finds himself arrested and charged with murder. And he can't help but ask himself, "is this what they call southern hospitality?"
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A lovely young girl steps in front of Travis McGee's headlights. McGee misses the girl but lands in 10 feet of swamp water. As he's limping along the deserted road, someone in an old truck takes a few shots at him. And, when he goes to the local sheriff to complain, the intrepid Travis McGee finds himself arrested and charged with murder. And he can't help but ask himself, "is this what they call southern hospitality?"

©1970 John D. MacDonald (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer United States 09-11-12
    Amazon Customer United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I thought Miss Agnes was a goner for sure!"

    This one starts off with a bang, and hardly slows down. Poor Miss Agnes suffers horribly, but not as much as the ladies who come into the life of Travis McGee. A woman sleeping with Travis seems to have the same life expectancy as a guy wearing a red shirt in an opening episode of Star Trek! And dear Meyer is fast becoming more of a partner than a friend. A great book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    04-24-12
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    "Where is Darren McGavin??"

    The Long Lavender Look is my favorite book in the Travis McGee series.
    I used to own most of the series on cassette.
    I was so excited to see this series come to Audible.com.
    I was shocked, then disappointed to hear they had changed the narrator.
    The books just are not the same without Darren McGavin.
    Why fix what isn't broken? McGavin nailed it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    K. Hartford, WI, United States 10-24-13
    K. Hartford, WI, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story and Narration"

    Robert Petkoff is a great story teller,and this one is written well. Most of the John D. Macdonald books are top notch. I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Powell III Houston, Texas - United States 06-09-13
    John Powell III Houston, Texas - United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2009

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    "A swampy problem for McGee"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Long Lavender Look to be better than the print version?

    It is a hard task to be "better" than Macdonald's original print, but having a skilled reader (the original McGavin or now performed by Robert Petkoff) accomplishes the objective.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Lavender Look?

    As with many of the Travis McGee series, the opening sequence of events where McGee narrowly misses running over the girl, then is shot at. To say the writing is skillful would be insulting to how good it is.


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

    I recently listened to the entire Travis McGee series as read by Petkoff, and to my mind, he does the occasionally grouch McGee in fine fashion, and captures the caring Meyer perfectly. Great performance.


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

    Nearly all of the McGee novels cause introspective thought on the societal commentary contained in them, even now, 30 or 40-odd years later.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Darwin, Australia 05-02-13
    Jane Darwin, Australia 05-02-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Not my favorite"

    I'm a fan of this series, but I suggest it isn't judged by this particular book. It's just that this particular novel just didn't work for me. I think it was because it was quite fragmented, lots of extraneous conversations and explanations -- too much information about people who weren't particularly interesting. But, as is always the case, Travis McGee is deeply compassionate (fight it though he might he is a bit of a Robin Hood and a soft touch for a tragic lady) and resourceful and has the freedom and danger of working parallel to the law.
    Ah well, perhaps there wasn't enough about his houseboat home -- I really enjoy that setting!
    As always, Petkoff reads with commitment and understanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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