Cinnamon Skin Mass Market Paperback – Apr 20 1996
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Praise for John D. MacDonald and the Travis McGee novels
“The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King
“My favorite novelist of all time . . . All I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me. No price could be placed on the enormous pleasure that his books have given me. He captured the mood and the spirit of his times more accurately, more hauntingly, than any ‘literature’ writer—yet managed always to tell a thunderingly good, intensely suspenseful tale.”—Dean Koontz
“To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.”—Kurt Vonnegut
“A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Talk about the best.”—Mary Higgins Clark
“A dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character . . . I envy the generation of readers just discovering Travis McGee, and count myself among the many readers savoring his adventures again.”—Sue Grafton
“One of the great sagas in American fiction.”—Robert B. Parker
“Most readers loved MacDonald’s work because he told a rip-roaring yarn. I loved it because he was the first modern writer to nail Florida dead-center, to capture all its languid sleaze, racy sense of promise, and breath-grabbing beauty.”—Carl Hiaasen
“The consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer . . . John D. MacDonald created a staggering quantity of wonderful books, each rich with characterization, suspense, and an almost intoxicating sense of place. The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author and they retain a remarkable sense of freshness.”—Jonathan Kellerman
“What a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again.”—Ed McBain
“Travis McGee is the last of the great knights-errant: honorable, sensual, skillful, and tough. I can’t think of anyone who has replaced him. I can’t think of anyone who would dare.”—Donald Westlake
“There’s only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again. A writer way ahead of his time, his Travis McGee books are as entertaining, insightful, and suspenseful today as the moment I first read them. He is the all-time master of the American mystery novel.”—John Saul
About the Author
John D. MacDonald was an American novelist and short-story writer. His works include the Travis McGee series and the novel The Executioners, which was adapted into the film Cape Fear. In 1962 MacDonald was named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America; in 1980, he won a National Book Award. In print he delighted in smashing the bad guys, deflating the pompous, and exposing the venal. In life, he was a truly empathetic man; his friends, family, and colleagues found him to be loyal, generous, and practical. In business, he was fastidiously ethical. About being a writer, he once expressed with gleeful astonishment, “They pay me to do this! They don’t realize, I would pay them.” He spent the later part of his life in Florida with his wife and son. He died in 1986.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Photographs from a nearby boat reveal that a man Evan Lawrence also may not have been aboard the boat. Lawrence recently married Meyer's niece, and when McGee's suspicions seem confirmed, the two friends (he and Meyer) begin a hunt to find out about Evan Lawrence's past.
Thus begins Cinnamon Skin, a taut, fun mystery thriller that leads two friends through the criminal past that formed a killer. Some of the most deft touches in the novel come when MacDonald describes the lives of people along the Rio Grande Valley in southwest Texas. At one point, I actually got out a road map and traced their quest from Eagle Pass to El Paso and back all the way to Brownsville. MacDonald blends fact with fiction at just the right pitch in this, his twentieth Travis McGee novel.
MacDonald writes like a writer who has earned it, man. He seems to know his story so well, there is very little drift in the way he tells a story. Each sentence is exact or darn near exact, and the end result is a taut mystery that is very fun and very entertaining -- the kind of novel you'll want to talk about with friends.
I highly recommend Cinnamon Skin to folks who like good old storytelling at its best, most genuine form. It is the perfect airplane, poolside, vacation novel to help you beat the heat this summer. And its depth will leave you feeling satisfied at any time of year. Good stuff.
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McGee and Meyer travel to the Yucatan in pursuit of a typically malevolent villian who has wronged a beautiful woman with "cinnamon skin". The character development is up to McDonald's usual high standards, complete with the requisite philosophical flights of Travis' balanced against Meyer's earth-rooted reasoning. In an unusual twist, it is actually Meyer who overcomes the bad guy in the final scene which takes place deep in the Mexican jungle.
If you have been a fan of the McGee series, all of which contained a color in their titles, this story will not disappoint you. In fact, reading it alongside one of the early (1950's) Travis McGee books offers some fascinating insights into McDonald's personal development as his hero acquires the politically correct attitudes of the decade.
It has been rumored for years that there was a final McGee novel with the color black in the title in which the aging hero dies. Some have even speculated that "Spenser" author Robert B. Parker was working to complete the unfinished McDonald manuscript. True McGee (and McDonald) fans will be glad neither has materialized. Closing with this book, and never being heard from again, is a far more appropriate ending to a pair of long and storied careers
Most recent customer reviews
For McGee afficionados, this is a must read. Travis is in classic form, driven to avenge the wrongful death of the niece of his closest friend, Meyer. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2003 by Paul Skinner
In the last few Travis McGee novels, MacDonald focuses more than before on McGee's close friend Meyer. CINNAMON SKIN is a story in which Meyer takes the lead. Read morePublished on June 9 2002 by Peter Kenney
As a mystery writer making the convention circuit as my debut novel is in initial release, I find that John D. Read morePublished on July 12 2001 by Kent Braithwaite
It wouldn't take much of an argument to convince me that CINNAMON SKIN is the best -- or at least one of the best few -- of the fine "color-titled" Travis McGee mystery... Read morePublished on April 24 2000 by Gary Scott Nunley
I really enjoyed the book. The most interstering parts were when Travis was thinking about why he didn't want to leave Florida. Read morePublished on July 5 1999
I like the solid character development and enjoy the clever ways MacDonald finds to draw McGee into events that, at first, seem to have little to do with him.Published on June 28 1999
it's certainly not the last of the oh so great Travis McGee series. "The Lonely Silver Rain" was the ultimate McGee book.Published on Dec 13 1998