This is book number 1 in the Travis McGee Mysteries (Audio) series.
A self-described beach bum taking his retirement early and in installments, Travis McGee lives on his houseboat The Busted Flush, cooling his heels until he runs out of money, at which point he'll take a case. In this first book of the series, Trav agrees to track down a grinning psychopath, Junior Allen, and recover loot smuggled in from Asia during the war - in exchange for a cut, of course. A cynic with a kind streak, and a refreshingly compassionate champion of women, McGee is one of the all-time great heroes of the detective genre, and a perfect vessel for MacDonald's wry take on modern American society.— Nick
Travis McGee is a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight-errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.
"The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author." --Jonathan Kellerman
McGee isn't particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet backwoods girl who's been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allen? What Travis isn't anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake. Enter Junior's latest victim, Lois Atkinson.
Frail and broken, Lois can barely get out of bed when Travis finds her, let alone keep herself alive. But Travis turns into Mother McGee, giving Lois new life as he looks for the ruthless man who steals women's spirits and livelihoods. But he can't guess how violent his quest is soon to become. He'll learn the hard way that there must be casualties in this game of cat and mouse.
"John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Talk about the best." --Mary Higgins Clark