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12-19-2011 07:25 PM
utchuckd I just finished the John D. MacDonald Travis McGee series. It was about a 12 year project, reading 1 or 2 a year. Loved every minute of it, too bad he's gone. Also love the Doc Ford novels, since i went to Offshore Sailing School on Captiva I act like I know the area.

Big recommendation for the Dorsey novels too.
12-16-2011 11:36 AM
ottos Tom Corcoran does a good crime drama series ala RWW which is centered around Key West. If you've spent enough time there that you've gotten off the Duval crawl and taken in the rest of the island, they're a fun read.
12-15-2011 10:31 PM
FSMike
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Originally Posted by Ocarina II View Post
If you like Florida references in your fiction try John D. McDonald. --
John D. McDonald was the master. His Travis McGee series has been reissued with a foreword by Carl Hiassen. A must read for fans of Florida fiction.
12-15-2011 06:01 PM
tdw
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Originally Posted by SailingStNick View Post
Have any of you read Peter Mathiessen's trilogy about the outlaw Watson at the turn of the century? A good portion of it takes place in the everglades where he develops a successful sugar cane industry, albeit while saving costs by ridding himself of labor.

Link

He recently rewrote the trilogy into one, long novel, Shadow Country. Great reads!
The Peter Matthiessen who wrote the Snow Leopard ? Google google.

Hey hey , it is.

Order today, Matthiessen is a gem.
12-15-2011 08:44 AM
SailingStNick Have any of you read Peter Mathiessen's trilogy about the outlaw Watson at the turn of the century? A good portion of it takes place in the everglades where he develops a successful sugar cane industry, albeit while saving costs by ridding himself of labor.

Link

He recently rewrote the trilogy into one, long novel, Shadow Country. Great reads!
12-14-2011 11:54 PM
Ocarina II If you like Florida references in your fiction try John D. McDonald. His character, Travis McGee lives on a houseboat in Ft. Lauderdale's Bahia Mar Yachtclub. I sailed into Bahia Mar from Tortola a few years back and sure enough, two slips over from our assigned spot was a brass plaque commenorating John D. and his Hero, Travis McGee. If you like his stuff you'll not run out of material for quite some time, he's written over 100 books.
10-12-2011 03:27 PM
pinayreefer What the heck! Randy Wayne White lives on Pine Island, where we recently bought our boat! After spending time there for nearly a week I can't wait to try out some of his books. Pine is a very interesting place, certainly different from any other populated island I've seen in Florida! Should be interesting reads. Thanks a bunch!
10-06-2011 06:27 PM
tdw I read GM Ford's 'Who In Hell Is Wanda Fuca' a few years back. I though the name saounded familiar. Nothing since though.

Have ordered a couple of Randy Wayne White.

Any of you read any recent Scandinavian crime fiction ? Jo Nesbo and Henning Mankel are good examples and well worth exporing. I know Stieg Larsson is flavour of the month but but but ...
10-06-2011 02:52 PM
jtsails Randy Wayne White's books are can't miss reads for me. I also enjoy Hiaasen's when I am in the mood for a quick fun book.
James.
10-01-2011 04:09 PM
hellosailor Hiaasen is a long-term award winning journalist with the Miami Herald, a rather respectible newspaper.

And if you'd been reading and writing the FloriDuh! news as long as he's done, you'd come to realize that his books are not wild fantasies, but almos a pale reflection of what passes for normal in his corner of the world.

Some of his books, better than others. But definitely worth ordering up a random dozen at the library, Just remember: The characters and actions are not necessarily fiction.
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