This 2nd of the Travis McGee series is place in New York City where Travis fits about as well as Crocodile Dundee. John D. has not yet quite found his way with Travis yet, and it shows.
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Travis is enjoined to look out for a buddy's little sister in the big bad city. His little sister is a babe (surprise!) and has her share of troubles. Her fiancé has just been murdered, and she has found a stash of $10,000 that she fears he scammed. Nina is distressingly a “will you respect me in the morning” type of young lady that rings no truer now than it did in the early ‘60s, and Travis' famous philosophizing is really put to the test, however enchanted he is.
“Nightmare in Pink” is worth the price of admission just for the middle third of the book where Travis is captured in a private mental hospital and loaded with psychedelic drugs. His hallucinatory terrors are brilliantly and horrifyingly described, and the after-effects linger through the entire book.
The plot is a convoluted financial scam that MacDonald loves, but doesn't suit Travis too well (Meyer is not yet on the scene). Also cold, urban settings are not kind to a knight errant beach bum. Grade C-
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