RARA-AVIS: A Black Border for McGee?

From: Nathan Cain ( IndieCrime@gmail.com)
Date: 24 Jun 2007

I was doing a little research and I came across an article on The Green Ripper published in Time Magazine. It begins like this:

Locked inside a beige file cabinet in Sarasota, Fla., is an unfinished manuscript entitled A Black Border for McGee. May it never be published. The book, as its name suggests, would write finis to Travis McGee, the perdurable, persnickety shamus whose demise, white-haired Author John Dann MacDonald once vowed, would occur after his tenth color-coded* starring role. "I keep the MS.," says the author, "as leverage on my publisher." The latest McGee, The Green Ripper, is the 18th in the Travis saga, and the best.

Here's the link to the full article: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,916954,00.html

It would appear that John D. MacDonald is confirming the existence of the rumored final Travis McGee novel. Has the existence of this manuscript, completed or not, ever been confirmed? Was MacDonald having some fun, or did he actually write a novel where McGee dies? Has anyone on the list done any research on this, or know of anyone who has?

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