Pale Gray for Guilt : Travis McGee

  • by John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by Robert Petkoff
  • Series: Travis McGee
  • 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The men who killed Tush Bannon knew he was a nice guy with a nice wife and three nice kids - trying to run a small marina on the Florida coast. They also knew he was in the way of a big land development scheme. Once they killed him, they figured they were on easy street. But Tush Bannon was Travis McGee's friend, and McGee could be one tough adversary when protecting a widow and her kids.

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Not quite up to standards

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is for completists


What was most disappointing about John D. MacDonald’s story?

. I wasn't expecting originality by book 9, just more of the same hard boiled pulp but it got a bit bogged down in certain elements of the plot, which unfortunately I didn't find that interesting. A good start gradually feels a bit directionless and treading water till the finale.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Ambivelence and disappointment


Any additional comments?

There have been stronger Travis McGee novels and by book 9, it's feeling a bit underwhelming

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- Mr. C. G. Moore

Bright Play for Me and McGee

Would you listen to Pale Gray for Guilt again? Why?

Yes. Over and over again, for the thrill, skill and wit of the writing.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Pale Gray for Guilt?

Mcgee's reading of the letter from Puss, the one love-of-his-life that got away before he did. The contrast of his joy from at last hearing from her with his despair at learning what she has to say.


Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favourite?

McGee, the man himself - a one off, just as the voice suggests. Writer and Performer in perfect harmony: as individual the moment, as American as mayhem.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Con, the beaten-down, recently widowed wife of McGee's good friend - the pivot for the story - knowingly kills the killer of her husband. And by taking on the responsibility of revenge restores herself.


Any additional comments?

It attacks all the senses. Suspenseful, sexy, violent, sensitive - ingenious in its plotting and fresh as NOW in its telling. Truly a story and a half.

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- BB Benesova

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios