The Literary Descendants of Our Man Trav…
I guess it says something about the ongoing appeal of John D. MacDonald‘s‘s Travis McGee that so many writers have been inspired to create Travis-like heroes themselves. Some are more obvious than others, and of course anyone who shows any concern for the environment or writes about Florida is going to be tagged as owing MacDonald a large debt, but there are a few distaff and defiantly unorthodox characters that might justify a paternity test or two for ol’ Travis.
Here are a few of the more obvious…
- John Caine by Charles Knief
- Carver by John Lutz
- Max Freeman by Jonothan King
- Morgan Hunt by Geoffrey Norman
- Jake Lassiter by Paul Levine
- Tony Lowell by E.C. Ayres
- Stryker McBride by Charley Memminger
- Jean Pearson by Lori Stone
- Thorn by James W. Hall
- Doc Ford and Hannah Smith by Randy Wayne White
- And of course almost every hero and anti-hero Carl Hiaasen has ever created in his Florida novels.
Respectfully compiled by Kevin Burton Smith. Help me out here…