Wednesday, February 27, 2013

the girl in the plain brown wrapper

Moving along with our survey of this pile of pulp fiction, tonight's subject is the tenth entry in the series of 21 John D. MacDonald / Travis McGee tomes, The Girl In The Plain Brown Wrapper.

Cover by Robert McGinnis*

(*Although there's no credit in this edition, and it is a bit atypical of his style, the art is credited to McGinnis in this book; and we're certainly willing to take their word for it. Why it looks like a portion of the painting is purposely obscured by a blob of black ink is anybody's guess.)

Friday, February 22, 2013

one fearful yellow eye

As of tonight's entry, featuring the eighth in the series of Travis McGee books written by John D. MacDonald, One Fearful Yellow Eye, we have officially reached the halfway point of this stack of paperbacks; and thus this series of posts.

Cover by Ron Lesser

FYI: On a semi-related topic, seeing as how there's only one week left in February and six books left in the pile, it's looking like (as predicted here) this month long survey will officially be more than a month long.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

darker than amber

Next up in this pile of pulp fiction is the seventh entry in the John D. MacDonald / Travis McGee series, Darker Than Amber. Apparently the first and, as of this writing, only McGee book to be made into a film. (Although at some point I suppose this will attempt change that.)

Cover by Ron Lesser

I'm not sure how the existence of this movie escaped me until today but I must admit it did. And, of course, now I want to watch it. Since it doesn't appear to be readily available on DVD a weekend viewing of this YouTube version, in all of it's Dutch subtitled glory, will have to suffice.

For those not sure if they want to make the commitment, here's a clip of the opening sequence...

FYI: For those who don't feel like watching either video, or following the links, it stars Rod Taylor as McGee; Theodore Bikel as his main homie / occasional side-kick Meyer; Suzy Kendall as Vangie the ex-hooker, presumably with a heart of gold; and Jane Russel as Alabama Tigress. (Not sure what the deal is with her character but you gotta love the name!)

Friday, February 15, 2013

bright orange for the shroud

Continuing with our efforts to hit all appropriate points on the euphemistic color wheel of Travis McGee novels penned by John D. MacDonald (meaning the ones seen in this photo), tonight's entry is the sixth book in the series, Bright Orange For The Shroud.

Cover by Ron Lesser

On an unrelated / semi-related topic, much like this Lesser cover inspired my bathing suit shopping last year, I'm thinking this might be the summer for a black bikini with a high waisted bottom.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

a deadly shade of gold

Next up this series of posts revolving around this stack of thrifted John D. MacDonald novels is A Deadly Shade Of Gold, the fifth book in the Travis McGee series. (And the fourth seen in said / linked stack.)

It's been a while since I read this one but according to the back cover this entry finds our hero "...on a wild and perilous trek which led from the Lauderdale beaches to the seething corruption of American expatriates in a distant Mexican town, to the lush highlife of the California jet set."

And, presumably, right back to slip F-18 at the Bahia Mar just in time to meet the dame who will be at the center of his next color coded adventure.

Friday, February 8, 2013

the quick red fox

Continuing our stroll through this pile of paperbacks penned by prolific author John D. MacDonald, featuring the famous Travis McGee, tonight's entry is The Quick Red Fox; the fourth novel in the series and the third book seen in the aforementioned / linked pile.

Cover by Ron Lesser

For the record we do have a copy of A Purple Place For Dying, the third in the McGee series, was but it was left out of this series based on it's completely uninteresting type heavy '80s era cover.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

nightmare in pink

Next up in our survey of this stack of paperbacks is - appropriately enough - the second John D. MacDonald novel featuring Travis McGee, Nightmare In Pink. Which, atypically, finds our (anti-) hero traveling well north of his home base at Slip F-18 in Ft. Lauderdale Florida's Bahia Mar Marina to New York, City and State, in a relatively typical (except for the weird and terrifying world of hallucinatory drugs part) effort to help a dame in need.

This particular edition also features a relatively atypical McGinnis cover. (While thematic to the plot, to me the art looks like it was created to be seen in a larger format. Perhaps a movie poster.) Interested parties can check out scans of editions featuring cover art by Ron Lesser here & here.

Friday, February 1, 2013

the deep blue good-by

While some may associate February with Black History Month, LGBT History Month or American Heart Month, for the purposes of this blog Feb. 2013 is also McGee / MacDonald Month; celebrating the colorful, and colorfully titled, series of John D. MacDonald books - the ones we've thrifted over the years with good covers at least - starring everyone's favorite "salvage consultant" Travis McGee.

Starting, appropriately, with the first of the 21 entries, The Deep Blue Good-By. (Also, of course, the first of the thirteen books seen in the stack above.)

Cover by Ron Lesser

Not the first McGee / MacDonald book I read, that was The Dreadful Lemon Sky. As a side note this is rumored to, at some point, be made in to a big budget Hollywood blockbuster starring Leonardo DiCaprio. We'll wait to see how that pans out before commenting.

Anywhoo, I haven't quite figured out if I'll have time to post all thirteen posts over the next 28 days (meaning there's a chance we'll be carrying this theme into March) but, as my grandmother would say, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.