By John D. MacDonald
From a loved grasp of crime fiction, The Scarlet Ruse is one of the vintage novels that includes Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.
Travis McGee’s getting lazy. consuming Boodles at the Busted Flush has turn into a full-time task. but if he hears that six figures’ worthy of infrequent stamps have wandered off, McGee reveals himself again within the salvage enterprise. To carry in this case, McGee must be suspicious of every person he meets—because what he’s searching for is estate of the mob.
“The Travis McGee novels are one of the best works of fiction ever penned through an American author.”—Jonathan Kellerman
Hirsh Fedderman has lost a really worthwhile commodity: the stamp selection of mobster Frank Sprenger. Assessed at round 400 thousand cash, those aren't any usual stamps, and Sprenger’s no traditional collector: He’s susceptible to holiday a few hands if he doesn’t get what he’s owed.
Lucky for Hirsh, he’s acquired a pal in Travis McGee. quickly McGee is scorching at the path of the lacking collection—not to say scorching for a voluptuous stamp specialist through the identify of Mary Alice. basically it’s no longer McGee’s middle that’s at risk. He quickly realizes that he’s run afoul of a vicious syndicate, and neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of evening will maintain them from amassing McGee’s head.
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