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A Purple Place for Dying (1964) is the third novel in the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald.

A Purple Place for Dying
First edition cover
AuthorJohn D. MacDonald
CountryUnited States
SeriesTravis McGee
PublisherFawcett Publications
Publication date
June 6, 1964[1]
Media typePrint (paperback)
Preceded byNightmare in Pink 
Followed byThe Quick Red Fox 

Plot summaryEdit

McGee is drawn away from his usual haunt of Florida by a job offer from Mona Yeoman, who suspects that her estranged husband has stolen from her considerable trust fund. Before the investigation begins, Mona is murdered before McGee's eyes by an unseen gunman. By the time he summons the police to the scene, her body has disappeared. McGee then sets out to solve her murder.


  • Merril, Hugh (2000). The Red Hot Typewriter: The Life and Times of John D. MacDonald. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur. ISBN 978-0-312-20905-6.
  • Geherin, David (1982). John D. MacDonald. F. Ungar Pub. Co. ISBN 978-0-8044-2232-1.
  1. ^ "New Books Today". The New York Times: 21. June 6, 1964.