Books in the Travis McGee series include “The Deep Blue Good-by,” “The Green Ripper” and “The Lonely Silver Rain.” Penned by mystery novelist John D. MacDonald, the books focus on the exploits of Travis McGee, a salvage consultant who helps clients retrieve lost or stolen possessions.
Originally published in 1964, “The Deep Blue Good-by” is the first book in the Travis McGee series. The book introduces the series’ protagonist, who lives on a houseboat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. McGee meets love interest Cathy Kerr, who has lost her inheritance to the book’s villain, the pathologically evil Junior Allen. The book is set during the 1960s, with subsequent titles showing McGee as he ages.
Released in 1979, “The Green Ripper” is the 18th book in the series. The novel focuses on McGee’s quest for revenge after the murder of his lover Gretel. To punish her killers, McGee goes undercover to infiltrate a terrorist camp run by a cult. The novel won the 1980 National Book Award in the Mystery category, which was only offered that year.
The 21st and final book in the Travis McGee series, “The Lonely Silver Rain,” was published in 1985, just one year before MacDonald’s death. Caught in the sights of an international drug cartel, the novel sees McGee finally contemplating his mortality. The novel ends with McGee placing most of his money in a trust fund for his young daughter.