Darker Than Amber

MacDonald, John D.

Fawcett Gold Medal, 1966

p. 25

Travis McGee, the main character in the story, has a friend named Meyer, who is a champ at listening: Meyer is a listener: “He actually listens and actually cares, and can make you feel as if his day would have been worthless, an absolute nothing, had he not the miraculous good fortune of meeting you. He asks you the questions you want to be asked, so you can let go with the answers that take the tensions out of your inner gears and springs. It is not an artifice.”