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One Fearful Yellow Eye (Travis McGee #8)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  2,999 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
"To diggers a thousand yeasrs from now...the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen."

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

How to you extort $600,000 from a dying man? Someone had done it very quietly and skilfully to the husband of Travis McGee's ex-girlfriend. McGee flies to Chicago to help untangle the mess and discovers that although Dr. For
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Published April 12th 1999 by Random House Audio (first published 1966)
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Jul 02, 2008 Kemper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery, mcgee
It’d been twenty-some years since I’d read the Travis McGee books, and when I heard that a movie version of The Deep Blue Good-Bye was in the works, I’d started picking up copies in used bookstores to give the series another read. I’ve had moments where I’ve started to regret that decision.

While I had fond memories of MacDonald’s tales of the Florida beach bum who makes his living recovering funds that were stolen by semi-legal means or conned from the victims, re-reading these early books from
James Thane
Dec 06, 2010 James Thane rated it liked it
The eighth installment of the Travis McGee series takes place in Chicago rather than in Florida, and thus most of the usual cast, save for McGee himself, is MIA. It is not a book that would have endeared MacDonald to the Chicago Chamber of Commerce. The author was obviously not very fond of the Chicago, and through McGee makes some fairly cutting comments about the Windy City and its inhabitants.

For those unfamiliar with the series, McGee is a self-styled "salvage" expert. If someone is defraude
Jul 14, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Travis McGee series
Recommended to Ed by: A fan since I was a kid.
Marvelous Travis McGee, modern knight errant, here. Trav flies north to Chicago to help out an old friend who turns out to be a rich widow. The only trouble is nobody knows where all of her late husband's dough has gone. The brutal Chicago winter doesn't appeal to McGee, but he doesn't slow down to get to the bottom of things. This title reminds me why I like the series. Lee Child offers an insightful introduction to this reissue.
JoAnna Spring
Meh. A fine book, but not spectacular. Trav goes to Chicago to help a friend whose rich, older husband died and apparently had been blackmailed out of all funds. Nefariousness and intrigue occur with lots of beautiful social commentary that always feels current despite being written over 40 years ago.

I miss the biting banter when Trav is working with/for women who are friends. Because he likes these women, they are usually implausibly perfect and bland. Give me a flawed, self-absorbed, psycho bi
Harv Griffin
Nov 23, 2012 Harv Griffin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, own
pic of ONE FEARFUL YELLOW EYE on my shelf

At the moment, due to Amanda’s excellently written complete trashing of Travis McGee in her ★ review of MacDonald’s DARKER THAN AMBER (she may have even called it Book Rape, I forget), a cautionary note to potential female readers may be appropriate.

ONE FEARFUL YELLOW EYE is Copyright 1966. Travis McGee’s views on women are anchored in the Sixties. Travis easily makes my Top Ten List of favorite literary characters, but savvy 2012 women are going to have “
Mackenzie Brown
Apr 27, 2014 Mackenzie Brown rated it it was amazing
A book I loved better the second time of reading.
Bronzed beach bum McGee, turns up in snowy Chicago in December to help a widowed friend who tells him somebody has stolen her dead husband's fortune.
This book has one of the finest plots in the series and leaves you guessing until the very end. I also must admit that the poignant ending fired up my emotions as only truly great writing can. John D MacDonald was a master at work and the Travis McGee series is a timeless reminder of a man at the heig
Carla Remy
Mar 02, 2015 Carla Remy rated it really liked it
I loved the first two in the series, but since then, I haven't been able to get interested in the plots. It's confusing, because the writing is great and there are always very interesting sections. I just don't love series in general. In this case, McGee, I find the books sprawling and uneven. I adored MacDonald's one off A Bullet For Cinderella (1955) - it was tighter, contained, very full but also shorter.
Jan 27, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it
MacDonald always delivers great characters and good plots plus language always seems real with overtones about life in modern times
Jan 29, 2017 Tony rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
ONE FEARFUL YELLOW EYE. (1966). John D. MacDonald. ***.
According to several entries on the web, this novel was MacDonald’s favorite among all his works. That doesn’t surprise me, since everybody copies everybody else on the web. It would have been nice if we still had MacDonald around to tell us why this one was his favorite. In this episode, a former girlfriend of Travis (which likely includes most every woman in Florida) calls for help. They haven’t seen each other for a while, and she had got
Feb 12, 2013 Mr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are not enough pejorative words and disparaging metaphors in the English language to adequately express the loathing of our sun-bronzed Florida “salvage consultant” for winter in Chicago, where ONE FEARFUL YELLOW EYE finds him.

In his eighth adventure, McGee hops onto his spavined destrier and rides to the rescue of another of his one-time “broken birds,” Glory Doyle Geis, who now is the widow of a prominent and wealthy neurosurgeon, Dr. Fortner Geis. The doctor has left an awful mess in hi
John Bunyan
Jan 26, 2016 John Bunyan rated it it was ok
I haven't read a Travis McGee story in 30 years and this wasn't the one to jump back in with. Maybe they were all like this and I had a different perspective before.
McGee is described in this book as a savior of wounded birds, meaning women in trouble. A woman that McGee is getting involved with is raped in the story. He describes his feelings by comparing it to the time he and his brother built this sports car and then it was damaged in an accident. Although it was repaired, it was never the s
Bill Williams
May 02, 2014 Bill Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This time around, Travis McGee is on the trail of the lost fortune of a recently deceased Chicago doctor. McGee knows the young wife of the older doctor and the angry family has the long knives out for his beach buddy.

The novel is full of charming character bits and great storytelling as McGee tries to pick up a long dead trail. It's short on action, but long on story and craft.

One unfortunate tic of the series is on full display in One Fearful Yellow Eye. McGee meets broken people as he walks
Jul 27, 2008 Jim rated it it was ok
When I was thinking about tackling the Travis McGee series, I consulted my mom on this. She was a major mystery reader. (MMR) To qualify for this designation start with all of Agatha Christie (88 books) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (4 novels 200+ stories).

She was woman of few words and her respond was pursed lips and a few knowing nods. This expression had only been observed for Les Miserables and Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" (best opera of all time).

So, Travis McGee is was. I have to say I h
Travis McGee, part rebel, and a part philosopher........a ruggedly sexy Floridian boat bum with a special talent for helping friends in trouble or get a revenge on their death.

This time McGee was called from an ex-girlfriend Gloria Geis in Chicago who married a Dr. Fortner Geis about the disapperance of six hundred thousand dollars, and has become a mystery after the Dr. died. So, Travis McGee flies to Chicago to untangle the mystification of how and who extorted the $600.000 from a dying man. I
David Wrubel
Apr 06, 2009 David Wrubel rated it really liked it
Shelves: beach-reading
JD McDonald's Travis McGee books were my first experiences with the private detective / happy maverick moral loner / mystery genre, and after decades of reading others, Travis McGee remains my favorite. Stone Barrington in Stuart Woods' novels is OK but formulaic; Robert Crais' Elvis Cole is a close second to McGee, but Crais' Joe Pike character, while darker, has more potential for development. Plus, Travis McGee is just very cool!

But I digress. John D. McDonald was the master, and Travis McGee
Nancy Moore
Apr 09, 2011 Nancy Moore rated it really liked it
I've read all of this series and loved every one. I read them in order - I always read a series in order, in fact, I'm compulsive about it - because I like to follow the character's life and the author's writing as they both grow. Mr. MacDonald never disappointed - each one is a great thrill ride and they got better each time. Read my review on "The Deep Blue Good-by" to meet Travis, and get ready for some great reading!
Oct 30, 2016 Greg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There is, I thought, almost no useful thing the human animal will not in his eternal perversity misuse, whether it be alcohol, gasoline, gunpowder, aspirin, chocolate fudge, mescaline, or LSD

I'm not sure what happened here.

I've really enjoyed all of the Travis McGee books up to here. One of them I think I thought slogged a little bit, but it was able to recover in its own way. This one just never seemed to really get going, until maybe the last 20 pages, but then it felt more like MacDonald fel
One of the more horrifying of his books (I have learned to ignore the frigid women issues, or I couldn't read Travis McGee).

Travis was an early Jack Reacher, same background and same attitude to life. Luckily, that little short guy wasn't around to make a move about McGee.
Jun 08, 2015 wally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: macdonald
8 jun 15
yikes...lost my take, my notes, my index! no, still have that...on paper scratches, but had most of it generated here, had an audio listed of this story, too, for some reason. i blame atari. and smartphones, haunted by atari. plg. supply the missing vowel.

this is an excellent story, 5+ stars and i am not going to make my list again right now. crappola. kaka poopie. alas, this review will be tagged, no doubt! flagged, i mean.

i'd like to take this time to say hello to my fan club...greeti
Rob Welch
Aug 30, 2012 Rob Welch rated it it was amazing
One of the best ones of the series.
Apr 15, 2012 Martha rated it really liked it
LOVE Travis Magee
Feb 22, 2008 Danielle rated it it was amazing
This book began my obsessions with John D. MacDonald and Travis McGee!
Dec 28, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Very entertaining! Was cool to see Galesburg, IL mentioned too :)
This ends my adventure in reading John MacDonald's mysteries with Travis McGee as the key character. I was turned on to this beach boy Jack Reacher, Virgil Flowers, Lucas Davenport or Harry Bosch type character by a dear friend named Phil Henry who has since died. So with Phil in mind I will move on and try to find some other politically incorrect character to fill the void. This was a good story made unique in MacDonald mysteries by having probably one of the briefest, but best romantic scenes, ...more
Koen Kop
Feb 10, 2017 Koen Kop rated it liked it
Not one of his best
Barb Flory
Oct 14, 2016 Barb Flory rated it it was ok
A Travis McGee mystery. Quite poor. I read this because Lee Child wrote his Jack Reacher books modeled after Travis McGee. He thought they were great so I thought maybe I had found another author we would enjoy. Wrong!
Aug 13, 2014 Shuriu rated it liked it
She was a very affectionate woman, needing and giving the casual touches and pats which to her were as necessary a part of communication as words. (p. 13)

He told me that [Hans] Hoffman had such an almost childlike quality of enthusiasm, that youthfulness that comes from being eternally inquisitive. (p. 13)

In such a situation there could be almost a compulsion to find a guilt-feeling. When the beloved is dying, we want to be blamed and punished. Without that there seems to be nothing left but an
May 29, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is something of a departure for Travis McGee. It (almost) all takes place in Chicago, where McGee tries to puzzle out who has drained his friend Gloria Doyle's inheritance from her late husband, a marriage of only a few years, as she knew he was ill when she married him. There is hardly any "action" until the very end. Instead, it's McGee keeping track of a couple dozen characters and trying to piece together how this particular scam worked.
We see McGee evolving somewhat on homosexuality.
Dennis D.
Aug 10, 2009 Dennis D. rated it liked it
This is the eighth book in John D. MacDonald's continuing adventures of Travis McGee. Here McGee heads north to Chicago to help Glory Geis, an old flame whose neurosurgeon-husband has died and left her in a bad spot. It seems the doctor somehow managed to squirrel away most of what should have been a substantial estate to points or persons unknown, and Glory seems like The Person Most Likely To have embezzled away whatever portions of the estate she may have had to share with his adult children ...more
Chad Malkamaki
Dec 23, 2016 Chad Malkamaki rated it really liked it
Despite MacDonald, or should I saw McGree, trashing one of my favorite towns in all of America, this novel sees our hero heading to the Windy City in December. This is not a holiday trip for McGee, he is helping yet another of the former women that he brought back to life with a stay on Busted Flush many moons ago. This time Glory the damsel in distress saw her dying husband waste away over a half million in savings before his death and left her and his children from a previous relationship who ...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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