The Quick Red Fox

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The Quick Red Fox
First edition cover
Author John D. MacDonald
Country United States
Language English
Series Travis McGee
Genre Mystery novel
Publisher Fawcett Publications
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Preceded by A Purple Place for Dying
Followed by A Deadly Shade of Gold

The Quick Red Fox (1964) is the fourth novel in the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald. In it, McGee is hired to aid a fictitious Hollywood star named Lysa Dean who is being blackmailed with revealing photographs.

A note for future expansion of this article: In Chapter 6, McGee is thinking "Not necessarily Helo'ise and Abelard, Romeo and Miss Capulet, or even Nappi and Joe. But just a crumb of some kind of love there, lad." Nappi and Joe is a reference to Napoleon and Josephine, popular romantic figures at the time, and there was a silent movie with that title, directed by Alexander Butler, in 1924.


  • Merril, Hugh (2000). The Red Hot Typewriter: The Life and Times of John D. MacDonald. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur. ISBN 978-0-312-20905-6. 
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