John D. MacDonald Carl Hiaasen
- Title: A Tan and Sandy Silence
- Author: John D. MacDonald Carl Hiaasen
- ISBN: 9780449224762
- Page: 313
- Format: Paperback
Being accused at gunpoint of hiding another man s wife is a rude shock But it s an even bigger shock when Travis McGee discovers that the woman in question is Mary Broll, a dear old friend Now she s disappeared, vanished without a word to anyone.
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When rereading one of these Travis McGee novel, I have to weigh the parts I like against the terrible sexism inherent to the books. Usually this balances out fairly evenly, but this time the old Sea Cock* dropped the equivalent of a cartoon anvil on the wrong side of the scales.*(Sea Cock McGee is the fabulous nickname Amanda coined in her great review of Darker Than Amber.)This one had a lot of promise starting out. McGee is having a personal crisis after a misjudgment nearly gets him killed, a [...]
"We're all children. We invent the adult facade and don it and try to keep the buttons and the medals polished. We're all trying to give such a good imitation of being an adult that the real adults in the world won't catch on." - John D. MacDonald, A Tan and Sandy Silence John D. MacDonald's pulp novels are a perfect beach read. They are unassuming, consistently over-deliver, produce better one-liners than a George Carlin set AND seem to have captured perfectly a very American, libertarian ethos [...]
Well this one wasn't as impressive. It's actually a rather ugly and sordid story thanks to the middle part when McGee tracks down a suspect hiding out on the island nation of Grenada. Though it did have some good points. It's my third Travis McGee novel and it's definitely a product of it's time - late sixties/early seventies. As has been pointed out by another reviewer this novel smacks of the Macho Man mentality that was very popular at the time.I have encountered a few men who are big believe [...]
Huh. I guess MacDonald was getting pretty sick of Travis McGee.As much as I like MacDonald's careful plotting and meticulous writing, I'm not recommending this one. It smacks far too much of the hysterical shock-value bullshit of 1970s he-man culture.How does MacDonald fail to see the parallel between his psycho serial killer torturing victims to get information out of them and McGee spending a lackadaisical afternoon repeatedly choking a young woman to the point of black-out to get information [...]
The 13th in the Travis McGee series is a solid entry into the canon, with yet another "salvage" case for problem-solver McGee(this one's not money) and a memorable sociopathic baddie Ian Fleming would have loved. I'd rate this an above-average McGee, with a few new twists: travels around Caribbean islands; lots of Meyer; and Trav struggling with his life philosophy in the face of a novel proposition for "retirement." Someone once noted that the book titles always allude to the way the lead femal [...]
“UP WITH LIFE. STAMP OUT ALL SMALL AND LARGE INDIGNITIES. LEAVE EVERYONE ALONE TO MAKE IT WITHOUT PRESSURE. DOWN WITH HURTING. LOWER THE STANDARD OF LIVING. DO WITHOUT PLASTICS. SMASH THE SERVO MECHANISMS. STOP GRABBING. SNUFF THE BREEZE AND HUG THE KIDS.LOVE ALL LOVE. HATE ALL HATE”I’ve had a sad and happy week. I just finished reading John D. MacDonald‘s A Tan And Sandy Silence, one of the celebrated crime writer’s 21 stories featuring charismatic, extremely likeable boat bum, amateu [...]
I found myself feeling a little disappointed in the direction the character took in this book. Initially it seemed good, a bit of personal reflection, questioning of self motivation and life direction then a little later in the novel Travis is repeatedly choking a woman to get information out of her. It sort of takes the evilness away from the character whose torturing and killing people too when the main good character is happy to choke people for information and threaten them.Just found this o [...]
Not the best entry in the McGee series imo Less humor & more gritty than those I like better.
Ay ay ay, some serious nightmare fodder in this one.
A TAN AND SANDY SILENCE. (1971). John D. MacDonald. ****.It’s all about money, and money is usually attached to a land deal of one kind or another in south Florida. McGee runs into a syndicate that is going public with their stock in an attempt to raise enough capital to launch a huge construction project. One of the fringe investors in the company has a big piece of the action as stock options. He needs to come up with a large hunk of change - $300,000 – to buy up the other shares he needs [...]
Travis McGee, our “tinhorn Gawain,” is changing. He hasn’t been a smoker (not even of manly pipes) for half-a-dozen books now, although no mention is ever made of Trav quitting. Since THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY, our hero has been shot several times, cut with a knife and punched silly by an ex-prizefighter. The first queasy stirrings of doubts about his instincts and reflexes that began in THE LONG LAVENDER LOOK have grown to alarm bells. The Lauderdale boat-bum who steals from thieves, often at [...]
It's probably not John MacDonald's fault I didn't finish this book. I tried to read it in little pieces and kept losing the story.One of Trav's friends is missing and he goes to Mexico to check it out. Lots of money shenanigans and real estate blah blah. As I have come to expect, however, I love McGee a little more with each book:"The sun bleaches my hair and burns it and dries it out. And the salt water makes it feel stiff and look like some kind of Dynel [I have no idea what that is.:]. Were I [...]
I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy this one as much as the other two McGee novels I've read. It was a bit more grisly, perhaps, and the villain went beyond being merely unconscionable; he was a sociopath. The scene on the beach with the basket and the head was downright chilling. That would have been fine on its own, but I had trouble following the details of the real estate scheme so I kept losing interest in the story. And oh, right, one more thing: the hooker cruise operation. I've given MacDona [...]
Definitely not the best in John MacDonald's Travis McGee series. I was thrilled to see Meyer playing such a large role in the story - I'd missed him! - and was curious to read about Grenada, an island I have not been to yet - but the story as a whole dragged quite a bit, and I nearly fell asleep many nights right in the middle of a chapter, something I almost never do. And some of the language in the book was off-putting, but considering that the book was written nearly 40 years ago, I'm not sur [...]
This is not one of my favorite Travis McGee novels, although it is competently constructed, and has some good moments. Any McGee will do if I’m bored, and there’s nothing else around to read. This puppy didn’t really grab me until about page 66; even then, I could pull free anytime I wanted. TAN is a serviceable Hunt-For-A-Girl story. Maybe I don’t much like TAN because Trav gets tied up and almost killed twice! @hg47
#13 in the Travis McGee series.Travis McGee is visited and shot at by Harry Broll, a real estate developer who insists his missing wife would have fled to McGee. Something doesn't ring true and Travis and friend Meyer look for the missing Mary and encounter a web of high finance deception and murder stretching from Lauderdale to Grenada.
Damn. I had forgotten how good this stuff was.
This is a memorable one, for sure. McGee comes very close to dying here.
12 jun 15#48 from macdonald for me and this is the 14th travis mcgee story. if you only read the travis mcgee stories you are missing out on some fine story-telling. i've read 34 non-travis-mcgee stories and they rock and roll. macdonald rocks the casbah. just finished Dress Her in Indigo onward and upward. 15 jun 15finished. good story! worth a read. the bad guy in this one gives me the heebie-jeebies, more so when one realizes there are peopleo manyke that in the world. they walk among us but [...]
I am the type of person who takes a book with me everywhere; going grocery shopping, going to work (lunch break!), and of course I have at least one when on vacation. So it was somewhat of a shock when I found myself staying at a friend’s beach condo without something to read. I’m an early riser and I like to spend a quiet morning with a nice cup of coffee and a good book. Thankfully, the best thing about beach condos is there is almost always a shelf of second hand books for guests to perus [...]
This author was recomended to me by a friend from my writing class. I have never read John D. MacDonald before. The suspense of this book kept me going though I was not crazy about the character and how he treated some women. It was very dated though so maybe that had something to do with the times. Men/ Women relationships were different then. I liked the fact that when his friend Mary was missing, Travis went looking for her. Travis would be good to have on your side if you were in trouble. Th [...]
Amazing, graphic descriptions. His wordsmithing is amazing. The book is definitely not PC and you need to put your feminism aside. A rough and tumble old- school detective novel with amazing twists. Great read.
Travis McGee is always a great read, but some seem a bit more dated and sexist than others. This one feels dated. But MacDonald can still keep me reading like nobody else.
Unsettling entry in this seriesMacDonald cranks up the creepiness in this entry in the long running Travis McGee series. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Highly recommended.
Agree with other reviewers - a bit too much violence / threat / sadism in this one for me. Distasteful scene with girl buried at the beach to die ack.
"Seventy-seven dollars is over a hundred and fifty dollars in our currency. In Biwi dollars. A house servant in Barbados might make fifty dollars, Biwi, a month. A waiter or waitress might make seventy-five dollars, Biwi, a month. So how does a human person feel serving or cleaning up after another human person who pays two or three months wages for one single night in a room? Sir, it is like such a terrible arrogance and thoughtlessness. It makes hate, sir.It makes contempt. So the cleaning is [...]
I believe that this is my final book to read in the Travis McGee series which has been a delightful experience. Unfortunately this novel was one of the least enjoyed. McDonald gave all of his clever insight to the world but the story was more predictable than most. The Travis McGee character also could have exposed his feminine side a little more and the book was full of manipulative, superficial women which I was uncomfortable with. In any case, an excellent series although this novel was below [...]
My Spoiler Free Review:After almost a decade and over a dozen Florida-set novels written, it is comforting to know that John MacDonald isn't changing the Travis McGee formula too much. Just over halfway into the series of 21 color-coded books, A Tan and Sandy Silence begins as most do; aboard the Busted Flush, McGee's houseboat moored at Slip F-18 at the Bahia Mar Marina in Lauderdale. Apparently some years ago, he met a broken woman on the beach named Mary, took pity on her, and invited her bac [...]
Travis McGee worries he's slowing down in this one, and I have to agree with him, since I anticipated trouble coming twice that surprised him. Still, herein we have another good sociopath like Junior Allen and Boo. Now if Travis would just quit referring to himself in the third person
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