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I am a lawyer in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada who enjoys reading, especially mysteries. Since 2000 I have been writing personal book reviews. This blog includes my reviews, information on and interviews with authors and descriptions of mystery bookstores I have visited. I strive to review all Saskatchewan mysteries. Other Canadian mysteries are listed under the Rest of Canada. As a lawyer I am always interested in legal mysteries. I have a separate page for legal mysteries. Occasionally my reviews of legal mysteries comment on the legal reality of the mystery. You can follow the progression of my favourite authors with up to 15 reviews. Each year I select my favourites in "Bill's Best of ----". As well as current reviews I am posting reviews from 2000 to 2011. Below my most recent couple of posts are the posts of Saskatchewan mysteries I have reviewed alphabetically by author. If you only want a sentence or two description of the book and my recommendation when deciding whether to read the book look at the bold portion of the review. If you would like to email me the link to my email is on the profile page.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

One Fearful Yellow Eye by John D. MacDonald

The Alphabet in Crime Fiction hosted by Kerrie Smith at Mysteries in Pardise has reached the letter "O". The Travis McGee series remains a favourite of mine. John D. MacDonald created a memorable figure whose adventures continued over 20 books. It was one of the few long running series where I have every book. He is not getting as much attention at this time. I expect there will be a revival. One Fearful Yellow Eye features his personal code of life while solving the mystery.


10. - 376.) One Fearful Yellow Eye by John D. MacDonald (1966) – Travis McGee is called to Chicago by Glory Geis because her late husband, Dr. Fortner Geis, has surreptiously disposed of $600,000 in assets. While McGee admired Dr. Geis the doctor had a flawed sexual history of a relationship with his housekeeper’s daughter while his wife was dying. A child was born to the housekeeper’s daughter. McGee books shift between finding where the money went and how to recover the money. This salvage operation was a mystery on finding the money. His sexual code is further refined as he avoids taking advantage of Glory, turns down a sexually charged farm housewife and declines to break down the walls around the icy Heidi Geis Trumbill. In the end he has a serious relationship but she does not want to be dependent on him. McGee loves relationships but not commitments. He wonders if he has lost the “one” but will not pursue the risks of a permanent relationship. As McGee stumbles to the solution there is a shocking twist that forever illustrates the danger of those closest to you turning upon you. The man with “one fearful yellow eye” has been left with but one eye at death. (Feb. 5/07)


  1. An intriguing review Bill. Thanks for this contribution to this week's CFA