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Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada
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

"Q" is for The Quick Red Fox by John D. MacDonald

At Kerrie Smith's blog, Mysteries in Paradise, the Alphabet in Crime fiction has reached "Q". Every week there are lots of interesting posts on the letter of the week. Drop in on Kerrie's blog to check out the posts. This week I am going back to John MacDonald for one of the grimmer Travis McGee mysteries. The Quick Red Fox is a good book. It presents a dark side of McGee.


11. - 266.)  The Quick Red Fox by John D. MacDonald (1964) –  McGee searches for compromising orgy photos of a Hollywood star, Lysa Dean. He is joined by Dean’s executive assistant, Dana Hollis. They search out the party participants ranging across America. It is a sordid investigation. McGee brutalizes a ski instructor to get information. Other extractions of information are less violent. Gradually they narrow down who had reason to have photos taken and who is susceptible to blackmail. McGee falls in love with Hollis but she breaks his heart breaking off at the end. There is a twist in the end but unlike many modern novels it is a single twist not twist after twist. Excellent. (Mar. 9/05)

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