Turquoise Lament by John D. MacDonald

Author of more than 70 books during his career, John D. MacDonald is best known for his hardboiled crime series featuring Travis McGhee.

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Turquoise Lament by John D. MacDonald


  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.88 x 6.89 x 4.20
  • Publisher: Fawcett Books; Reissue edition (March 1996)
  • ISBN: 0449224783

    Reader Reviews
    Interest male angst, January 28, 2003 Reviewer: Glen Engel-Cox from Washington, DC USA Had Travis McGee been in a science fiction novel, we would have had books like THE PHILOSOPHY OF MCGEE, similar to THE NOTEBOOKS OF LAZARUS LONG, dedicated to the wit and wisdom of this, MacDonald's best known and best loved character. Perhaps it is for the best. While not quite given to epigrams as Heinlein, MacDonald definitely had a consistent vision of who this latter day Don Quixote was. Long before Robert Parker investigated male angst in the Spenser books, MacDonald had mined the entire territory. In The Turquoise Lament, McGee must face doubt, guilt, and faith as the grown daughter of a deceased salvage friend is afraid that her newlywed husband is attempting to kill her. Culminating in a fight scene with a cable car that today's Hollywood would go nuts for--in fact, that gets me to wondering why we have never seen McGee on film. Maybe we have, and I just don't know about it? Sure, some of the dialogue might not work on the screen, but the mystery, adventure, and spectacular fights would surely fit today's current vehicles for male stars. Today's directors would probably make a mish-mash of it, though; MacDonald probably better fits a director like Hitchcock than Paul Rudhoven or James Cameron.

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