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Hero of The Dreadful Lemon Sky is Travis McGee, a man of universal interest and independent means who lives on an old houseboat he won in a poker game. One evening a young woman shows up with a suitcase full of cash. McGee agrees to be bagman. She tells him what to do if she doesn't return. When she doesn't, McGee is left alone to deal with an intrigue that involves drugs, fear, passion, and death.

©1974 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Florida; Oh Florida

McGee and Meyer head north to find out who killed a woman who came to Travis for help. Trav and Carrie Milligan once had a one night stand and it cemented an aura of trust. Carrie tells him if she can't get back for the money to give it to her sister Susan and not to worry about finding out the reason she didn't get back. Well we both know that McGee and Meyer can't do that so they unhook the lines and head north to Bayside. On the way up someone takes a shot at them in McGee's boat The Busted Flush. Upon arriving at the marina before they've even had the chance to check in; the behemoth who owns and runs the marina assaults both his wife and McGee. As the dynamic duo endeavor to locate Carrie's killer more people die; her sister Susan is sorta, kinda, maybe raped; at least that's MacDonald's 1974 definition of sexual assault. I won't go into specifics about anymore of the books main events in order to avoid spoilage. This is a good solid Travis McGee mystery; I rate it in the top half if not the third of the series.

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McGee gets back on his swaybacked steed again

If you could sum up The Dreadful Lemon Sky in three words, what would they be?

desperate poignant saddening

What did you like best about this story?

McGee is not a superhero, nor a secret agent. He is merely a man of slightly above average size and intellect, gifted with excellent reflexes and a changeable manner. Smooth operator comes to mind, but that doesn't fit, either. McGee struggles to understand what is going on himself, while the story unfolds, he is as lost as the reader and it shows.

What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

He was great

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I've no idea how to draft a tag line...

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Great

Liked it all, could use less 'dears' and 'darlings'. Makes the relationships sound superficial, a bit sugary.

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  • ann
  • orinda, ca, United States
  • 06-04-12

Grabbed my Attention on First Page

Would you listen to The Dreadful Lemon Sky again? Why?

No.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Sort of.

Which scene was your favorite?

Sorry. Can't bring one to mind.

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

Not that kind of book.

Any additional comments?

This is the kind of book I listen to while walking my dog. If I miss a bit of it, doesn't seem to matter. Keeps me interested but not really involved. Sort of like TV.

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