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Today’s Quote:

We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.

– B. F. Skinner

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♦ The Lonely Silver Rain, John D. MacDonald

I just completed The Lonely Silver Rain, an excellent Travis McGee mystery and thriller novel set in Florida. The story begins when Travis is contacted by an old million air friend, Billy Ingraham, to find his stolen 54 foot cruiser. Travis accepts the case on his terms and his price…and the search begins. McGee discovers that from the air, the cruiser looks like a smiling face, so he hires a pilot to take pictures from the air and after numerous flights the missing boat is found. McGee tracks down where the cruiser is anchored and finds three dead bodies inside. One of the bodies is the daughter of a Peruvian diplomat, her throat is cut and she has been raped. The diplomat becomes enraged and begins to seek revenge; which places Travis’ life in danger. Assumption had it that Travis killed the occupants upon discovery of the vessel. Several attempts on Travis’ life cause him to find the root of the problem as he pursues information about the real killers. His pursuit takes him to Mexico and back which ultimately reveals the true killer. With the name of the killer exposed, a big turf war erupts between the new drug lords and the old ones…creating a lot of death of prominent/legitimate business men in Miami. The action is hot but Travis exposes the truth and the real killer is ultimately taken into custody by the authorities.

The story ends with the resolution of a sub-plot that has been going on throughout this adventure.  McGee discovers who has been leaving pipe-cleaner shaped cats at his doorstep – his daughter.  He discovers that he is the father to a now 17 year old daughter who he begins to establish relationship with. The ending is very touching and reveals that McGee is not only tough guy, but is also a sensitive gentleman.

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Today’s Quote:

If a book is really good, it deserves to be read again, and if it’s great, it should be read at least three times.

– Anatole Broyard

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Today’s Quote:

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

-Herman Cain

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Today’s Quote:

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

– C.S. Lewis

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Today’s Quote:

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.

– Plato

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Today’s Quote:

Baseball?  It’s just a game – as simple as a ball and a bat.  Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes.  It’s a sport, business – and sometimes even religion. 

– Ernie Harwell, The Game for All America, 1955

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