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A Deadly Shade of Gold by John D. MacDonald
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Mar 08, 2008

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bookshelves: travis-mcgee, fiction
Read in March, 2008

Read a bit slowly - maybe because it is much longer than most McGee novels, and maybe because I didn't really care so much for focus characters (Nora and Sam), the mission of finding ancient stolen gold figurines, or the setting of the sleepy, exclusive Mexican town. The pace picked up toward the end and it finished nicely.

Still, gotta love McGee's musings on life and the people he meets:

"I awoke into suffocating heat, to barbed needles of light which went through my eyes and into my brain, to a mouth dry as sand, clotted teeth, and a headache that seemed to expand and contract my forehead with each heartbeat as though it were a red balloon a child was trying to inflate. Tequila hangover, in a gagging density of perfume, under a tin roof, on the sweat-damp sheets of a village whore."

I mean, who can't relate to that??
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