Annal: 1980 National Book Award for Mystery

Results of the National Book Award in the year 1980.

Book:Green Ripper

Green Ripper: A Travis McGee Mystery

John D. MacDonald

In what is nearly his final adventure, Travis McGee falls deeply in love with Gretel, his live-aboard boatmate. Then Gretel is horribly and impersonally murdered.

Desperate and half-demented, McGee sets out to find the killers. The trail leads him to the Church of Apocrypha, an eerily familiar religious cult whose converts are given terrorist training.

The Green Ripper is the most brutal and suspenseful outing of McGee’s career, and we find a different kind of “knight errant” emerging from its savagery.

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