From a beloved master of crime fiction, Pale Gray for Guilt is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.
Travis McGee’s old football buddy Tush Bannon is resisting pressure to sell off his floundering motel and marina to a group of influential movers and shakers. Then he’s found dead. For a big man, Tush was a pussycat: devoted to his wife and three kids and always optimistic about his business—even when things were at their worst. So even though his death is ruled a suicide, McGee suspects murder . . . and a vile conspiracy.
“As a young writer, all I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me.”—Dean Koontz
Tush Bannon was in the wrong spot at the wrong time. His measly plot of land just so happened to sit right in the middle of a rich parcel of five hundred riverfront acres that big-money real estate interests decided they simply must have.
It didn’t matter that Tush was a nice guy with a family, or that he never knew he was dealing with a criminal element. They squashed him like a bug and walked away, counting their change. But one thing they never counted on: the gentle giant had a not-so-gentle friend in Travis McGee. And now he’s going to make them pay.
Features a new Introduction by Lee Child
The more of these books I read, the more I wonder about what I’m going to read when I finish the series?
One of the best early Travis McGee
Classic Travis McGee. Best to read this one before the last book; The Lonely Silver Rain, 1985.
My favorite Travis McGee (so far)
Loved this in paperback. You just cannot overstate how good MacDonald's crime fiction is. I loaned one of my Travis McGee novels out to a coworker and he came slobbering back like a hungry puppy for the rest of them. They are addictive.