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The Quick Red Fox: A Travis McGee Novel (Travis McGee #4)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  2,029 ratings  ·  99 reviews
From the author of A Purple Place for Dying and The Deep Blue Good-by comes the republication of the bestseller starring Travis McGee, a real American hero. Reissue.


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Audio Cassette, Abridged, 0 pages
Published November 30th 1999 by Random House Audio (first published 1964)
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Cathy DuPont
My "go-to" place for everything Travis McGee is D.R. Martin's blog Me and Travis McGee.

When I discovered D.R.'s site, I had read the entire 21 book series twice so I wasn't (and didn't) worry about spoilers. But going through some of D.R.'s entries (a synopsis of each book) and related comments, I noticed that readers had a 'takeaway' from the books that I had never thought of and in all sincerity, rather shocked and frankly annoyed me.

There were some comments about Travis being a misogynist a
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Tony
THE QUICK RED FOX. (1964). John D. MacDonald. ***.
This started off as if it would be an exemplary Travis McGee novel, but started to fizzle out about two-thirds of the way through. The basic plot is that McGee is engaged by a film star to find out who was blackmailing her by threatening to expose her participation in a free-for-all orgy at a California hideaway. She was at the peak of her career and certainly couldn’t afford the negative impact of the release of these photos – especially when a
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Carla Remy
I liked this the least of the Travis McGee books so far (it's # 4). The mystery started intriguingly but ended convolutedly. it seemed slapped together. But how many books did the man write in 1964? I can forgive.
Checkman
May 25, 2012 Checkman rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Travis McGee fans
My second Travis McGee book. The first one was The Dreadful Lemon Sky. This one wasn't that bad, but not as good as Lemon Sky. McGee is hired to track down a blackmailer by a Hollywood actress who participated in a four day orgy. There was no Meyer in this book and he was missed. Instead McGee is given the personal assistant to the actress to help him in his investigation. Of course they fall for each other. It's a little different in that their relationship is rather domestic and Dana (the lady ...more
Elizabeth
This book written in the sixties has scattered nuggets of McGee's (or MacDonald's) philosophy. Trav says ' I get the feeling that this is the last time in history when the offbeats like me will have a chance to live free in the nooks and crannies of the huge and rigid structure of an increasingly codified society. Fifty years from now I would be hunted down in the street.'

Well fifty years have passed and I think McGee would be safe in the street, but he was right on the money about a codified so
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Bill
I finished The Quick Red Fox this morning during a quiet period at work.. shhhhhh, don't tell anyone.. ;0) I think this one was a bit grimmer in subject matter than the others, even though so far they are all have a bit of an edge to them. I do like McGee's character, he's thoughtful, cynical, old-fashioned, treats women with respect and tough. It's a series I will continue. I'm glad that I was introduced finally to such an excellent series.
Andy
What I learned? Never turn your back on a homicidal nymphomaniacal 18-year-old from Iceland, especially if she's carrying a handbag with a murderously heavy stone rabbit inside.
Dennis D.
Wow, this Travis McGee novel from 1964, number four in the series, seems a bit similar to a recent (1989) Jonathan Kellerman book, Silent Partner (Alex Delaware #4), coincidentally the fourth in that series. The McGee tale was first, of course. Maybe Kellerman is a fan?

Trav is off to Hollywood this time, trying to figure out who is blackmailing an A-list actress with some naughty orgy pics, before said pics are made public. I guess back then, naughty orgy pics weren’t the career-booster that the
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Col
Synopsis/blurb.....
From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Quick Red Fox is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.

She’s the opposite of a damsel in distress: a famous movie star, very beautiful, very much in control of her life. She’s just made one little mistake and now she needs Travis McGee to set it right. The money is good and Travis’s funds are in need of replenishing. But that’s not the only reason he takes the case. Ther
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Jim
The fourth in the Travis McGee series, like the first three, released in 1964, The Quick Red Fox is a foray into the quickly-changing sexual mores of the 1960s. A very famous movie star is compromised by photos taken of her engaging in a three-day orgy. Trav needs to find out who's blackmailing her, and hopefully, recover some of the money for both of them. While McGee as a character throughout the series is happy to bed many broads, in each case it has to be something special and real, and he i ...more
Adam
This is the fourth book in John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series. I liked it more than the first two books in the series, and about as much as the third. Like the third, A Purple Place for Dying, it's full of McGee's trite, long-winded philosophizing, but does contain some really great descriptions. For instance:

"By noon, in a gray February world, we had come down through snow flurries to land at Albany, and had taken off again. When the snow ended the sky was a luminous gray. I looked down at
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Jeff Yoak
This is Travis McGee as I remember him. In starting this series over again, I thought it wasn't going to appeal to me. It turns out it just took a few novels for MacDonald to hit his stride.

The plot of the Quick Red Fox, like all the McGee novels is almost silly melodrama. The thing that makes these novels so captivating is the sense of time and place that MacDonald creates. I love the typical poetic musing. I love the characters... not just McGee, though he is wonderful. In this one, he creates
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Jerry
“Fox” is one of the early Travis McGee tales – #4 of 21; and we found it typical but sufficiently entertaining. Our hero is hired by a Hollywood star to recover blackmail photos of her participating in a 4-day orgy featuring lots of drinking and lots of sex, going “both ways”, no doubt a racier theme when published in 1964 than perhaps now. {The mention of Travis’ new toys of Acoustic Research speakers, and Fisher and Scott stereo components, was mildly nostalgic – we ourselves had much the same ...more
Bryan
The old meme of there being two types of people in the world holds true with John D. MacDonald as well--there are those who have already made up their mind about Travis McGee and those who haven't been introduced yet. I wouldn't try to convince anyone who has already decided they dislike MacDonald's viewpoint that they should give it another try--the last McGee novel I read was probably twenty years ago, and I'm left with many of the same impressions of MacDonald's writing now as I was then. And ...more
Brian Glass
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Harv Griffin
Not my favorite Travis McGee novel. I own them all. I've re-read this one at least twice. Even the worst McGee novel is a better read for me than most of what I try to read. The two literary characters that have influenced me and actually changed my life: Howard Roark & Travis McGee. The closest thing I have to a potentially influential literary character would be my Courtney Foulke Ryan. @hg47
William
This is the first book I've read by this author. It was interesting enough to want to read another of his books but nothing to rave about. The story had an interesting premise and the author showed good writing skills especially in describing his characters and how they were feeling and thinking. The end, however, fell short of my expectations compared to the reviews this author had received.
Tom
Everything I really enjoyed in #3 seemed to lapse in this book. It just seemed to kind of amble along, usually pointlessly. I think McGee books work best when there's a very strong plot that's action-oriented, and then filled in with those very awesome McGee-isms and observations about crooked politicians and suburbanites. This was the first McGee that I was glad to get to the end of.
Amy
John D MacDonald has a talent for writing gripping mysteries that aren't necessarily who-done-it murders or filled with car chases and shoot-outs. And yet he crafts a mystery that keeps you engaged and interested and turning pages all the way through. Travis McGee is an unlikely hero--a self-proclaimed lazy boat bum. He's a PI who only works when he wants to (usually when his money is running low). He gets unusual cases that are all based on word-of-mouth referrals. And it seems that he always s ...more
Edward Creter
This may well be the last book of Travis McGee I'll read for awhile. I kinda find Trav to be hurtful to women as well as an arrogant youknowwhat. This is definitely displayed in this fourth adventure. Lysa Dean is a ravishing redheaded actress, the Julia Roberts of her day, with a Scarjo attitude to match. She's known in H'wood as the Quick Red Fox, and guess who's the lazy dog self-chosen to protect her from an angry fan? You guess right, ol' bloodhound Travis is doing some major Scooby-Doo act ...more
Jon
Some 40 years ago I avidly read most of the Travis McGee books and now I wanted to see how much of what I remembered was accurate. Back then I thought John D. MacDonald knew pretty much everything there was to know about how American society works, and I shared his hero's easy cynicism about money and corruption. Now his periodic rants struck me as naive and dated. I thought he knew far more than I did about women (his hero bedded a different beauty in every book; how could he not?) now I think ...more
Al Cormier
A decent book. I am always intrigued by the huge differences between novels written back in the day, and those written today. I really like the old detective noir stories with their bittersweet endings. And I like that every character isn't psychoanalized to death. To my miniscule mind, simple is definitely better :o)
Sandi
Published back in 1964 this book has Travis helping out a movie star who is being blackmailed. I enjoyed Travis and the ever efficient Dana(the movie star's assistant who is sent with Travis to help) but found some parts of the storyline to be a bit dated.
Nanosynergy
A beautiful, famous movie star, Lysa Dean, when she is faced with blackmail over some naked photos, sends here personal assistant, Dana Holtzer, to recruit Travis McGee to fix things (for a fee, of course). McGee and Holtzer follow the trail to quietly find and destroy the photos - a trail that is lined with bodies.

The author appears to be groping for a way to present relationships for McGee with women. There is a continuing theme that a relationship with McGee, even if brief, is healing for the
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Marian
I'm reading all the Travis McGees in order, and so far, this one is my favorite. MacDonald is just so good at drawing vivid, unique characters, complete with their own voices and wardrobes and agendas. And he is so good at torturing Travis.

My only problem? quibble? with this book is McGee's diatribe about lesbians. I suppose it fits the era and I suppose it fits his character, but I still didn't like it. And actually, I'm not sure it does fit his character. Overall, McGee is pretty accepting of
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Joe
Highlights:

- McGee gets into a fight with a gang of man-hating lesbians, one of whom is armed with a putter.

- McGee goes on an incredible multi-page tirade against the citizens of Santa Rosita, California, during which he describes author Ayn Rand as "witless."

- McGee's girlfriend gets smacked in the head with a homemade "skull smasher" and when she wakes up she doesn't love McGee anymore. Hate when that happens!

- "Clumsy murder is like housework, dear. Once you begin, you're never really finis
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George
"Η κόκκινη αλεπού", εκδόσεις ΒΙΠΕΡ.

Τρίτο βιβλίο του Τζον Ντ. Μακντόναλντ που διαβάζω, δεύτερο με ήρωα τον Τράβις ΜακΓκι. Το βιβλίο ανήκει σε μια αστυνομική σειρά 21 βιβλίων με ήρωα τον Τράβις ΜακΓκι και χρονολογικά είναι το τέταρτο βιβλίο της σειράς. Τα βιβλία αυτά διαβάζονται άνετα ως αυτοτελή, αλλά καλό θα ήταν να τα πάρει κανείς με την σειρά που κυκλοφόρησαν. Το συγκεκριμένο μου φάνηκε καλύτερο από το προηγούμενο.

Ο Τράβις ΜακΓκι, που είπαμε, δεν είναι ούτε αστυνομικός, ούτε όμως ιδιωτικός ντ
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Shuriu
She was wearing gray flannel slacks and a yellow sweater. She looked better in slacks than I would have guessed. She did not look really good. That long-waisted figure was a shade too hearty in the seat and hefty in the thigh to look splendid in slacks. Venus de Milo would have looked like hell in stretch pants. they look just fine on the gangly just-ripening teenagers, or on the calculated slimness of a Lysa Dean. But there is something forlorn and slightly touching about the rump of the matur ...more
Matthew Hunter
Hmmm. A promising start filled with an account of drunken orgiastic debauchery; a disappointing rushed finish with debauchery de-fanged. The Quick Red Fox lacked... something. Trav's still a sometimes-sensitive d-bag. There's a Midsomer Murders-like body count. JDM continues to write prose like he invented the practice. The run of color schemed titles continues. And the lovable Busted Flush houseboat makes its longest appearance since The Deep Blue Good-By. There's plenty of entertainment value. ...more
Sloweducation
In reading the writing of the past, one occasionally finds the most hateful plots, which are traditionally called "a product of the time." In The Quick Red Fox, Travis McGee is looking for a blackmailer. He's hired by a screen idol to recover the negatives to some pictures taken of her mid-orgy. McGee tracks down the participants in the orgy. While he is ostensibly looking for clues and information, this generally feels like little less than pretext for showing the reader the horrible fates that ...more
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John D. MacDonald was born in Sharon, Pa, and educated at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Syracuse and Harvard, where he took an MBA in 1939. During WW2, he rose to the rank of Colonel, and while serving in the Army and in the Far East, sent a short story to his wife for sale, successfully. After the war, he decided to try writing for a year, to see if he could make a living. Over 500 short stor ...more
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Travis McGee (1 - 10 of 21 books)
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“This was not some pretty little girl, coyly flirtatious, delicately stimulated. This was the mature female of the species, vivid, handsome and strong demanding that all the life within her be matched. Her instinct would detect any hedging, any dishonesty, any less than complete response to her - and then she would be gone for good.” 7 likes
“By noon, in a gray February world, we had come down through snow flurries to land at Albany, and had taken off again. When the snow ended the sky was a luminous gray. I looked down at the winter calligraphy of upstate New York, white fields marked off by the black woodlots, an etching without color, superbly restful in contrast to the smoky, guttering, grinding stink of the airplane clattering across the sky like an old commuter bus.” 4 likes
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