Blackmail and Travis McGee--great combo
From the inside cover: She's the opposite of a damsel in distress: a famous movie star, very beautiful, very much in control of her life. She just made one little mistake and now she needs Travis McGee to set it right. The money is good and McGee's funds are in need of replenishing. But that's not the only reason he takes the case. There's the movie star's assistant, efficient, and reserved, with a sadness underneath that makes McGee feel he'd brave any danger to help her...
Travis McGee is quick to come to the rescue of damsels in distress and doesn't need much coaxing this time when actress Lysa Dean cries out for help. Lysa is being blackmailed over some photos that were taken during a 4 day drunken party, catching her in some pretty explicit scenes. She has already paid off the blackmailers once, but it would seem that the photos still exist and the blackmailers are coming back for another bite of the cherry. Travis is given a list of 10 people who knew about the party and so uses it to begin his investigation into which one of them organised to have the photos taken.
To help him during his investigation, Lysa supplies Travis with her own personal secretary Dana Holtzer, a highly organised, very professional and of course , strikingly beautiful woman. She also has some personal secrets that makes her cold and aloof, particularly when it comes to men. Travis, being the diligent investigator that he is, goes about unlocking the secrets to Dana's heart while he's unlocking the identity of the blackmailer.
This is a lively mystery which turns out to be more of a mystery than it appears at first glance. The solving of one part leads us onto the next, leading Travis and Dana across the country and forcing them closer and closer together. It's an entertaining entry in the Travis McGee series.
AMAZON.COM READER'S REVIEW
My first Travis McGee book but will not be my last! Great mystery, witty, and funny too!