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Book Title: Pale Gray for Guilt|
Date of issue: May 12th 1983
ISBN 13: 9780449125953
The author of the book: John D. MacDonald
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 447 KB
Read full description of the books Pale Gray for Guilt:Travis McGee is a Florida boat bum who finances his extended vacations by trying to get back money that has been conned or stolen from people who can’t use legal means to try and recover it. His old buddy ‘Tush’ (1968 Winner For Worst Nickname) Bannon owns a small marina and hotel, but his land stands in the way of some crooked developers, and they’re using their influence with local politicians to squeeze him out. Tush refuses to sell and turns up dead on what is ruled a very messy suicide. An angry McGee decides to get revenge by swindling the developers with a complicated stock scheme, and this will also allow him to get a nest egg for Tush’s family in the process.
I’ve written before about the good, the bad and the ugly of the Travis McGee series in other reviews like One Fearful Yellow Eye, and this one is a pretty typical example of the series. The good is that MacDonald was a better than average writer, and he delivered offbeat crime stories with McGee being a kind of combination private detective and con man. The bad is that McGee can sometimes be a narcissistic bore, but at least he usually realizes that he’s essentially an overgrown child who is avoiding responsibility by opting out of the typical ‘60s lifestyle.
The ugly is the horribly dated depictions of women. Granted, this was written in 1968, but for a guy who could look ahead and write about issues like the destruction of Florida’s natural environment for greed and the loss of personal privacy in modern life long before these were issues with the general public, MacDonald wrote the females in the books with such a jaw dropping amount of sexism that at times it almost reads like a parody.
Even worse is that in this one, it seems like he really tried to incorporate some strong female characters, but then he undermines it all by having Tush’s wife fall apart after his death, leaving McGee and others to step in and take care of everything for the little woman. And this book also features a girlfriend for McGee with the James Bondian-style name of Puss Killian. As usual with the ladies in McGee’s life, Puss is measured by her looks, her hearty appetite, and her willingness to help Travis without any womanly emotions getting in the way. Oh, and of course, she’s a wildcat in the sack.
As always after checking out one of these books, I’m left liking the plot and the McGee character, but am left shaking my head in amazement at the way the females are written.
Read information about the authorJohn D. MacDonald was born in Sharon, Pa, and educated at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Syracuse and Harvard, where he took an MBA in 1939. During WW2, he rose to the rank of Colonel, and while serving in the Army and in the Far East, sent a short story to his wife for sale, successfully. After the war, he decided to try writing for a year, to see if he could make a living. Over 500 short stories and 70 novels resulted, including 21 Travis McGees. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._...
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