The Girl In The Plain Brown Wrapper* (Fawcett Gold Medal, December 1968)

       Dress Her in Indigo* (Fawcett Gold Medal, August 1969)

       The Long Lavender Look* (Fawcett Gold Medal, September 1970)

       A Tan and Sandy Silence* (Fawcett Gold Medal, January 1972)

      The Scarlet Ruse* (Fawcett Gold Medal, June 1973)

      The Turquoise Lament* (Lippincott, November 1973)




McGee delves into the mystery of a rich and beautiful wanton who happens to be losing her mind, a little piece at a time.  As he probes, he uncovers some of the strange corruptions that simmer behind the respectable facade  of a quiet Florida town.



The wench is dead--but Travis McGee was backtracking her wild, sad trail through the bizarre world of the hippies and drug freaks who had found haven in Mexico.

McGee would need all his cool, all his insight, to live up to the estimate of the rich and beautiful  woman who perhaps held the key to the puzzle.




A lovely young woman steps in front of Travis McGee’s headlights. McGee misses the girl but lands in ten feet of swamp water.  As he’s limping along the deserted road, someone in an old truck takes a few shots at him. And, when he goes to the local sheriff to complain ,the intrepid Travis mcGee finds himself arrested and charged with murder.

Is this what they call Southern hospitality?


Travis McGee is having the time of his life--he's doing nothing but enjoying   

life on board the “Busted Flush,” entertaining all his friends in his best carefree manner!

That is, until long-ago acquaintance Harry Broil comes abroad, gun in hand, threatening

McGee within an inch of is life, accusing Travis of making off with his wife, Mary. 

Mary was an old friend, one whom Travis prizes dearly. Now he has to find her. As

it wasn't likely for Mary to just run away, McGee knows that there is something seriously



McGee was busy with his beloved houseboat, The” Busted Flush. “ Too busy to pay attention to the little old man with the missing postage stamps.  Except they were not ordinary stamps.  No indeed.  

They were rare stamps.

Four hundred thousand dollars worth.

Even so, McGee was not all that interested in them until a generously- endowed amazon named Mary  Alice McDermit made her grand entrance....She knew a helluva lot about rare stanmps , and  the ways to to a boat bum’s vulnerable heart.  

But it wasn’t McGee’s heart  that was in danger...A syndicate killer had put a contract out on McGee.

A killer who knew something about stamps, and veen more abou  McGee.




Take that young woman, McGee, and file her under TTF...try to forget.

But McGee couldn’t forget.  Pidge was special.  First time McGee saw her she was in pig-tails andglassy-eyed in love for him.  Now she was a grown woman and married to an ex-football jock name


When he got the letter from Pidge  McGee grabbed the first jet to Hawaii, and dried her tears.  Howie was trying to kill her, she cried.

McGee began to check on them both.  Suddenly Travis began to appreciate what dangerous game he stalked.

But McGee needed proof, a trap.  And what better bait than himself?


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