By John D. MacDonald
From a loved grasp of crime fiction, A crimson position for loss of life is one of the vintage novels that includes Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.
Travis McGee’s taking his retirement in installments whereas he’s nonetheless younger sufficient to get pleasure from it. yet in the end, his funds runs out and he has to paintings. This time McGee’s lured out West to a surprisingly secretive assembly with a lady in hassle, in a spot whose good looks hides a few grotesque, risky secrets.
“John D. MacDonald created a brilliant volume of amazing books, every one wealthy with characterization, suspense, and a nearly intoxicating feel of place.”—Jonathan Kellerman
Mona is in love with a negative, younger university professor and married to a prosperous guy whom she is confident is stealing from her belief fund. So she does what any self-respecting woman could do: She hires a person to thieve her a refund so she will run away with the affection of her life.
Travis isn’t convinced he desires to support out till he sees Mona getting shot and killed out at the cliffs close to her cabin. Now he’s a lead suspect in a plot to assist her get away, and to transparent his identify, he must unravel issues. however the murders simply preserve mounting, and for Travis, even operating with Mona’s husband doesn’t appear to aid issues. Will he be ready to discover the advanced plot in time to save lots of his personal skin?
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The way he said it made Pike look closer. He now seemed familiar, but Pike did not recognize him. The man held his badge higher, making sure Pike saw. “What, Pike, you don’t remember me? Jerry Button, from Rampart. Out of Pacific Station now. This is Detective Futardo. We’re here on the Smith assault, so no shooting, okay? ” Rampart brought back the name, but this Jerry Button looked almost nothing like the sharp young officer Pike remembered. This Button was thirty pounds heavier, with blotchy skin and puffy eyes.
He barked like a dog, then howled again before turning back to the room to pack up his gear. Tobey and Cleo were gone. Tolliver had hidden eight thousand dollars under the mattress, still vacupacked in plastic, which Daniel found when he first searched the room. Probably a gift from the girl. Daniel stashed the money in his bag, checked to make sure Tolliver had no pulse, then went to the little bathroom where he’d left Tolliver’s lady friend after he strangled her, nice and neat in the tub. A little black stream of ants had already found her, not even a day.
Dru Rayne. ” “Then that was extra nice, what you did, helping like that, Mr. Pike. ” They shook, then Dru Rayne turned back to her work, speaking over her shoulder. ” Pike nodded, thinking there was no reason he shouldn’t leave, but he didn’t. He clocked her hand. No wedding ring. ” “That’s all right, no. ” Pike tried to think of something else to say. ” “We’ll be fine. You don’t know my uncle. ” She flashed a warm smile, but Pike knew she wasn’t going to tell the police any more than her uncle.