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0322 Five Complete Travis McGee Novels

July 16, 2012
  • Title: Five Complete Travis McGee Novels
  • Canon: Omnibus
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Year: 1991
  • Publisher: Avenel
  • ISBN-10: 0517476711
  • ISBN-13: 9780517476710
  • Cover Artist: Don Brautigam

We don’t see many omnibuses (omnibi?) around here, and if this puppy is typical of the breed, I understand why people don’t like them. It contains Lemon, Copper, Crimson, Green, and Tan, which aren’t even in order, and uses Don Brautigam’s iconic Green cover artwork juxtaposed with somebody’s vague background picture of clouds or parameciums (paramecia? damn Latin plurals) to stand in for all five of the stories. Needless to say, I’m not impressed.

I don’t own this copy, so I can’t be sure who published it. I have seen multiple anonymous internet sources claim that it was Random House’s Value Publishing imprint, while others make a claim for Avenel, while still others say it comes from Wings. I hope somebody can take a peek at the title page and set me straight.

Update (10/22/2012): Mystery solved. Although I haven’t seen the title page, the University of Florida library catalog flatly states that the publisher is “Avenel Books (distributed by Crown Publishers)”. The ISBN I used to show here (0517059487) belongs to an identical book with an identical title (but a different cover) published by Random House Value Publishing, hence the confusion. We’ll see that one Someday.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am a US hardcover omnibus, titled The Deep Blue Good-By & Nightmare in Pink & The Dreadful Lemon Sky), printed in 1976 by Walter J Black under their Detective Book Club imprint.

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