Travis McGee #17--and everything's ship-shape down Florida way. Well, maybe the case itself is just fair-to-middling: what happened to on-the-skids tycoon Hub Lawless of Timber Bay when he fell (or jumped) off his yacht? Did he drown--or run off to Guadalajara with his assets and his secretary? Less than earth-shaking, but it's a pleasure to watch McGee and sidekick Meyer go into action, posing as corporate real-estate aides ("Tools of the power structure"). Along the way, McGee makes two women happy: a face-lifted saloon piano player (she turns ugly when Tray fails to appreciate her rendition of "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy") and 6'1" Gretel--can this be at long last love? Little action, mostly talk, but good talk, and MacDonald's see-it/smell-it sense of place and people is intact; who else bothers to give you a precise sense of a town's geography--and can do it in one effortless paragraph? Reliable plus.