A Deadly Shade of Gold

“John D. MacDonald was the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King

With an Introduction by Lee Child

When Travis McGee picks up the phone and hears a voice from his past, he can’t help it: He has to meddle. Especially when he has the chance to reunite Sam Taggart, a reckless, restless man like himself, with the woman who’s still waiting for him. But what begins as a simple matchmaking scheme soon becomes a bloody chase that takes McGee to Mexico, a beautiful country from which he hopes to return alive.

Deception. Betrayal. Heartbreak. When Sam left his girlfriend, Nora, and vanished from Fort Lauderdale, no one was surprised. But when he shows up three years later lying in a pool of his own blood, people start to ask questions. And his old friend Travis McGee is left to find answers.

But all he has to go on are a gold Aztec idol and a very angry ex-girlfriend. Is that enough to find his friend’s killer? And when the truth is as terrifying as this, does he really want answers after all?

Praise for A Deadly Shade of Gold

“Travis McGee is the last of the great knights-errant: honorable, sensual, skillful, and tough. I can’t think of anyone who has replaced him. I can’t think of anyone who would dare.”—Donald Westlake 

“John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field.”—Mary Higgins Clark

A Deadly Shade of Gold - John D. MacDonald & Lee Child Summary

A Deadly Shade of Gold (1965) is the fifth novel in the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald. The plot revolves around a solid gold Aztec statuette, and takes McGee from his home of Florida to Mexico and Los Angeles...

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A Deadly Shade of Gold - John D. MacDonald & Lee Child Book Reviews (84)


JDM5 star

So good, take a lesson..... 55


At bargain at this price5 star

Enough with the El Cheapo campaign. You're lucky to have MacDonald in a digital edition. If you want them for a little bit of nothing, there's a ton available used in paperback. Go away. 55


Apple?5 star

I think I would focus my rage on Random House instead (or perhaps in addition to). BTW, the paperback version retails for the same price. 55


Seriously?! $11.99?!!5 star

The Travis McGee novels are classics, and some of the best gritty PI novels ever written. However, these gems were written in the early 1960's, and as great as they are, Apple is WAY outta line charging full price as if these are new releases. Shame On You! Don't you guys already have enough income?! 55

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