Re: RARA-AVIS: JDM -- an overview of Travis McGee

From: M Blumenthal (
Date: 10 Jun 2003

Bludis Jack

> In general, If my one recent reading and my
> recollection is correct, the McGee books followed
> a predictable paradigm. A wounded bird (female)
> comes to Travis to find something that belongs to
> her. Someone has either stolen it or conned it
> from her. (side note: The wounded bird is often
> from one of his past books--if not from a past
> book from McGee's pre-series past.)
> Travis works to get it back for her and along the
> line he discovers things about her that he never
> knew before. Sometimes they are not good things,
> more often they are additional parts of her life
> that made her a wounded bird.
> Along the way, McGee uncovers the ugly past and
> present of others as well, and he struggles to
> get back what belongs to her. He is usually
> successful, and he ends up, more often than not
> in the bed of his wounded bird. His success in
> getting her property, is often only partially
> successful, but satisfyingly so.


You didn't add the bird, is often killed near the end of the book. In many series the author solves the problem of the protagonist needing a love interest in the next book by not even mentioning the previous girl or briefly explaining her absence in the succeeding book. JDM seems compelled to kill her off so McGee will be unattached in the next book. Mark

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