From the Publisher:
A lovely young girl steps in front of Travis McGee's headlights. McGee misses the girl but lands in ten feet of swamp water. As he's limping along the deserted road, someone in an old truck takes a few shots at him. And, when he goes to the local sheriff to complain, the intrepid Travis McGee finds himself arrested and charged with murder. And he can't help but ask himself, is this what they call southern hospitality...?
John D. MacDonald: The Long Lavender Look. Fawcett Books, ISBN: 0449224740 (April, 1987), 337 p., $6.99