Travis McGee is a creation of prolific American novelist John D. MacDonald. McGee is not a cop or a private investigator, but rather a professional salvage consultant who finds other people’s property when he runs low on spare cash. He considers himself a beach bum and lives on a houseboat in Fort Lauderdale.

The Travis McGee series was started in 1964 with The Deep Blue Good-by and spanned 21 novels up until The Lonely Silver Rain in 1985. A theme of the novels is that each book has a colour in the title. The series ended due to MacDonald’s death, preventing any finality to the series. Below is the order in which the Travis McGee books were released (also the chronological order):

Publication Order of Travis McGee Books


The Deep Blue Good-by(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nightmare in Pink(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Purple Place for Dying(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Quick Red Fox(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Deadly Shade of Gold(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bright Orange for the Shroud(1965) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Darker than Amber(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One Fearful Yellow Eye(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pale Gray for Guilt(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dress Her in Indigo(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Long Lavender Look(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Tan and Sandy Silence(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Scarlet Ruse(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Turquoise Lament(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dreadful Lemon Sky(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Empty Copper Sea(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Green Ripper(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Free Fall in Crimson(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cinnamon Skin(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lonely Silver Rain(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Travis McGee Synopses: The Deep Blue Good-by is the introduction of the Travis McGee character, created by John D. MacDonald. Travis McGee has good intentions, even if he isn’t perfect.

In the third book of the Travis McGee series, A Purple Place for Dying, Travis becomes a witness to the death of a wife who is trying to gain ownership of her husband’s estate.

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  • Brando

    Travis McGee is one of my favourite series of all time! I think I’ve read most of the series at least two times.

  • Linda5ponce

    I want to buy the whole set how do i do that with out buying one at a time please respond it’s a gift for somebody

    • Anonymous

      There’s this option: Here to get 5 of them and also this option.

    • Rwheelock

      I have all 21 TM books. A friend is reading them while he is in Florida and they will be available on March 1, 2013 if you still are looking.