0522 The Dreadful Lemon Sky
It has come to my attention that I never finished posting the new Travis McGee covers. The final one — Silver, of course — was released in November so I’m a bit behind.
If you ever lived in Florida, you would recognize the motel sign. Not that particular one, but ones like it. Back in the 1950’s, a motel in Florida meant a tourist court, which is a one-story building with ten or twenty rooms built in a U around a central parking area. Many of them are still there although no tourists — at least no tourists that I know — stay in them anymore. Drug dealers rent them by the day and transients rent them by the week and down-on-their-luck locals rent them by the month and they mostly have neon signs and all have quaint names because it costs too much to buy a new sign. I remember the Bambi, the Snow White, the Sans Couci, and the Buffalo. They are overgrown, rundown and have user-changeable signs that are usually missing letters or employ bad spacing like the one on this cover.
I guess this is supposed to be the unnamed motel that was attached to the Westway Harbor Marina in Bayside that Travis and Meyer used to moor the Flush. Unfortunately, the whole marina was just two years old so the whole tourist court thing doesn’t really make sense, but I’ll suspend a little disbelief today because it reminds me of my teenage years.
Have you seen me? I am the 10th US paperback printing of The Dreadful Lemon Sky, printed in 1980 by Fawcett under their Gold Medal imprint (ISBN-10 0449141489, ISBN-13 9780449141489). My cover price is $2.25 and I have the iconic Robert McGinnis artwork.