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The Turquoise Lament

Author: John D. MacDonald
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0307826767
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From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Turquoise Lament is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. Funny thing about favors. Sometimes they come back to haunt you. And Travis McGee owes his friend a big one for saving his life once upon a time. Now the friend’s daughter, Linda “Pidge” Lewellen, needs help five time zones away in Hawaii before she sails off into the deep blue with a cold-blooded killer: her husband. “The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author.”—Jonathan Kellerman When treasure hunter Ted Lewellen saved his life in a bar fight, McGee could never have thought he’d end up paying his rescuer back in such a way. But years later he finds himself headed to Hawaii at Ted’s request to find out whether Pidge’s husband really is trying to kill her, or if she’s just losing her mind. Of course, once McGee arrives he can’t help but give in to his baser instincts, and as his affair with Pidge gets underway, he can’t find a single thing wrong. McGee chalks up Pidge’s paranoia to simple anxiety, gives her a pep talk, and leaves for home blissfully happy. It’s not until he’s back in Lauderdale that he realizes he may have overlooked a clue or two. And Pidge might be in very serious danger. Features a new Introduction by Lee Child

The Turquoise Lament Introduction By Lee Child

Author: John D MacDonald
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448170370
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'MacDonald had a huge influence on me . . . Reacher is like a fully detached version of Travis McGee' LEE CHILD Travis McGee isn’t your typical knight in shining armour. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: He’ll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half. The funny thing about favours: sometimes they come back to haunt you. And Travis McGee owes a friend a big one. Little surprise that he finds himself on a trip to Hawaii to help out his friend’s daughter, who is convinced her husband is trying to kill her. But Travis can’t find a single thing wrong and puts her paranoia down to simple anxiety. It’s not until he’s back home that he realises he may have overlooked a clue or two. And that she might be in very real danger . . . First published in 1973, The Turquoise Lament features an introduction by Lee Child JOHN D. MACDONALD: A GRAND MASTER CRIME WRITER 'The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller' - Stephen King 'Travis McGee is my favourite fiction detective. He’s great because he has a philosophical side – he will fight a bunch of mobsters in a car park and then have a muse about life, the universe and everything' - Tony Parsons 'A dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character . . . I envy the generation of readers just discovering Travis McGee' - Sue Grafton 'The consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer . . . The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author and they retain a remarkable sense of freshness' - Jonathan Kellerman '. . . my favorite novelist of all time' - Dean Koontz 'A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field' - Mary Higgins Clark 'What a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again' - Ed McBain 'There’s only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again . . . He is the all-time master of the American mystery novel' - John Saul

The Red Hot Typewriter

Author: Hugh Merrill
Publisher: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 0312273738
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Although John D. MacDonald published seventy novels and more than five hundred short stories in his lifetime, he is remembered best for his Travis McGee series. He introduced McGee in 1964 with The Deep Blue Goodbye. With Travis McGee, MacDonald changed the pattern of the hardboiled private detectives who preceeded him. McGee has a social conscience, holds thoughtful conversations with his retired economist buddy Meyer, and worries about corporate greed, racism and the Florida ecolgoy in a long series whose brand recognition for the series the author cleverly advanced by inserting a color in every title. Merrill carefully builds a picture of a man who in unexpected ways epitomized the Horatio Alger sagas that comprised his strict father's secular bible. From a financially struggling childhood and a succession of drab nine-to-five occupations, MacDonald settled down to writing for a living (a lifestyle that would have horrified his father). He worked very hard and was rewarded with a more than decent livelihood. But unlike Alger's heroes, MacDonald had a lot of fun doing it.


Author: Jane Urquhart
Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 3827075831
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Nach einem Sturm zieht die junge Mary einen schönen Mann aus der Brandung, legt sich, um ihn zu wärmen, zu ihm an den Strand, aber er stirbt in ihren Armen. Für Mary jedoch, die von diesem Moment an fort" ist - so nennen die Iren Menschen im Zustand geistiger Entrückung -, bleibt er lebendig. Auch als sie den Lehrer Brian O'Malley heiratet und mit ihm nach Kanada auswandert, zieht es sie immer wieder fort" - zu ihrem geisterhaften Geliebten. Die sinnliche, romantische Geschichte einer irischen Familie in vier Generationen.

Meditations On America

Author: Lewis D. Moore
Publisher: Popular Press
ISBN: 9780879726645
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This work explores John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series, with special emphasis on MacDonald's examination of the conflicts and joys of twentieth-century American culture and society. MacDonald describes himself as a moralist and this, combined with his narrative gifts, infuses his ever-present concerns for the quality and durability of American life. The first and last chapters, respectively, discuss MacDonald's early novels and the four he wrote concurrently with the series. The remaining chapters analyze various themes that figure prominently in the series. MacDonald's thinking reflects many of the concerns of his fellow citizens during his writing career while revealing his own personal reaction to the society around him. Noting his sense of an uncaused evil in the world and his prolific inventiveness, this work examines MacDonald's narrative exploration of America in which he reveals an unwillingness to give up either his frequently pessimistic views of society or the hope that it can somehow continue. His posthumous Reading for Survival sounds the latter note in typical MacDonald fashion: Read and learn or die. McGee, in the hard-boiled detective tradition, exemplifies MacDonald's picture of the struggling, but coping, culture with no guarantees for the future.

Der Traum Meiner Mutter

Author: Alice Munro
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104026866
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Nobelpreis für Literatur 2013 Alice Munro ist die Meisterin der Ambivalenz. Komik und Tragik, scheinbar Alltägliches und Schicksalhaftes oszilliert in ihren Geschichten in immer neuer Intensität, die den Leser nie unberührt lässt. Ein ›literarisches Wunder‹ nannte die New York Times die Erzählungen der kanadischen Autorin - Geschichten, so komplex wie Romane, Kammerspiele des Gefühls, Geschichten, die wie Idyllen beginnen und sich auf den Abgrund zu bewegen. »Bei Alice Munro gelangt man lesend wie Hand in Hand mit ihr zu der Erkenntnis eines Augenblicks; das ist eine merkwürdige und eher seltene Form von Gemeinsamkeit mit einem Autor. Ich lese - das bedeutet, ich lebe mich in das Leben eines anderen Menschen ein.« Judith Hermann

Books To Die For

Author: John Connolly
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1444756516
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Winner of the 2013 Agatha, Anthony and the Macavity Awards for Best Crime Non-Fiction. With so many mystery novels to choose from and so many new titles appearing each year, where should the reader start? What are the classics of the genre? Which are the hidden gems? In the most ambitious anthology of its kind yet attempted, the world's leading mystery writers have come together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written. In a series of personal essays that often reveal as much about themselves and their work work as they do about the books that they love, more than 120 authors from twenty countries have created a guide that will be indispensable for generations of readers and writers. From Christie to Child and Poe to PD James, from Sherlock Holmes to Hannibal Lecter and Philip Marlowe to Peter Wimsey, BOOKS TO DIE FOR brings together the cream of the mystery world for a feast of reading pleasure, a treasure trove for those new to the genre and those who believe that there is nothing new left to discover. This is the one essential book for every reader who has ever finished a mystery novel and thought . . . I want more!

Der Blaue Hammer

Author: Ross Macdonald
Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
ISBN: 3257607695
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Als dem kalifornischen Kupfermagnaten Jack Biemeyer und seiner Frau ein Gemälde gestohlen wird, wenden sie sich an niemand Geringeren als Lew Archer. Ein Bravourstück des Privatdetektivs: Lew Archer geht über dreißig Jahre in die Vergangenheit zurück, um seinen schwierigsten Fall zu lösen.

American Novel Explication 1969 1980

Publisher: Linnet Books
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Covering US and Canadian fictional prose narrative which is essentially 150 or more pages in length, the compendium is limited to criticism ("explication") written between 1969 and 1980. The body of the book is alphabetical by author with novel titles listed alphabetically within each author's entry. Under each novel appears bibliographic information concerning the criticism written on the novel, including articles from journals, critical discussion from books, and whole books devoted to a particular novel. Indexed in both English and French. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR