Travis McGee fans will be interested to learn of a forthcoming new literary series character inspired by the Ft. Lauderdale knight-in-slightly-tarnished-armor. Screenwriter and columnist Charles Memminger has written his first novel, titled Kahala Road, created as an "homage" to John D MacDonald, and set to be published by Minotaur Books. Here is the press release:
Oct. 13, 2011
For Immediate Release:
St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books Sings Two-Book Deal
with Hawaii Writer Charles Memminger
“Kahala Road” Is An Homage to John D. MacDonald’s
“Travis McGee” Series
Memminger is best known as a national award-winning humor columnist and screenwriter who was a staff writer on the final season of “Baywatch Hawaii.” But he also spent years as a newspaper crime and investigative reporter. He drew on both his experiences in crime and humor to create “Kalaha Road,” a light tropical thriller set on Oahu. “Kahala Road” is an homage to John D. MacDonald’s celebrated “Travis McGee” series.
“I wanted to create a 21st century Travis McGee character set in Hawaii,” Memminger said. “The result is Stryker McBride, a former newspaper reporter-turned barefoot philosopher who withdrew to a houseboat in Kaneohe Bay after being shot by a rogue cop during an investigation of Honolulu organized crime. In ‘Kahala Road,’ Styker emerges from his self-imposed exile to find himself in drawn into a mystery whose roots reach back to the bombing of Pearl Harbor.”
Memminger has been recognized as one of the top humor columnists in the country by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. His essays and columns have appeared in national magazines, distributed by the New York Times News Service and he was the only writer in Hawaii to be included in “Chicken Soup For The Soul of America,” written in memory of the victims of 911. He’s had too books of his work published in Hawaii, the most recent being “Hey, Waiter, There’s An Umbrella In My Drink (Tales From The Tropics By Hawaii’s Favorite Humor Columnist)”.
He is represented by the New York literary agency Inkwell Management.
Minotaur Books is an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, a subsidiary of Macmillan.