THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY introduces John D. MacDonald's alter-ego, the rugged and articulate Travis McGee.
In this initial story, McGee comes to the aid of a lovely lady in soul-deep distress -- a lady who has been dragged through so much mud that she may never feel clean again. The plot concerns some precious stones, "liberated" by McGee's client's father in India during WW II.
As The New York Times stated, MacDonald "is one of the most creative and reliable writers...and is a very good writer, not just a good 'mystery' writer."
Travis McGee is a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages and television. He only works when his cash runs out and his rule is simple--he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.