John MacDonald's novel The Deep Blue Good-By

In John MacDonald’s “The Deep Blue Good-By” we’re introduced to Travis McGee, a “Salvage Consultant” who is described as, “that big brown loose-jointed boat bum, that pale-eyed, wire-haired girl-seeker, that slayer of small savage fish, that beach-walker, gin-drinker, quip-maker, peace-seeker, iconoclast, disbeliever, argufier, that knuckly, scar-tissued, reject from a structured society.”

McGee lives on his house boat, the “Busted Flush” in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. It’s here where a female friend asks him if he can help an acquaintance whose bum boyfriend Junior Allen possibly stole what she believes is her deceased father’s fortune.

McGee agrees to do the job for 50% of what is recovered. As he searches for the missing fortune, he picks up the pieces of Junior Allen, who leaves shattered women in his wake. In the “Deep Blue Good-By” McGee definitely has sex on his mind all the time, and nearly every woman he meets ends up in his bed at one point.

Content advisory: There is a fair amount of sex and plenty of references to women’s anatomy. There is quite a bit of drinking. Domestic violence is a core theme of the plot.

— Florida Fiction Editor