Pale Gray for Guilt Book Summary and Study Guide

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Gray is the titled color for this Travis McGee novel. Once again, John D.
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MacDonald's hero comes to the rescue. A longtime friend of McGee's is dead, murdered
by some ruthless individuals who could care less that he had a wife and three children.
McGee, sometimes known as that “amiable boat bum” (he only takes cases when he's out
of money; the rest of the time he stays aboard his houseboat, “The Busted Flush,” enjoying
life!) is determined to exact justice and revenge, as the victim was his friend. Before that
happens, however, he gets involved in some nasty, organized crime scenes.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Murder of certain profession?    -   criminals Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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