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Nightmare in Pink

(Travis McGee #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  6,042 ratings  ·  363 reviews
Travis McGees permanent address is the Busted Flush, Slip F-18, Bahia Mar, Lauderdale, and there isnt a hell of a lot that compels him to leave it. Except maybe a call from an old army buddy who needs a favor. If it werent for him, McGee might not be alive. For that kind of friend, Travis McGee will travel almost anywhere, even New York City. Especially when theres a ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 266 pages
Published December 30th 1995 by Fawcett (first published January 1st 1964)
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Algernon (Darth Anyan)
There is a very fine line between a man liberated by the sixties sexual revolution and a creepy predator of vulnerable ladies. Private investigator Travis McGee is steering very close to the edge here. Not that there is much boat steering in this second outing for Mr. McGee. His barge is back in Florida and He has cometo New York, doing a favor for an army buddy and trying to help his very appetizing daughter investigate the killing of her former boyfriend in what was apparently a simple street ...more
Nightmare in Pink is the second novel in John D. McDonalds 21- novel Travis McGee series. Although McGee gets involved in mysteries, he is not a police officer or a private investigator. Instead, he is a salvage consultant who lives on a houseboat (The Busted Flush) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He prefers to be a beach bum, get a tan, reel in some fish, drink some beer, etc., and seems a little uncomfortable in the big city. He is also a ladies man.

In this novel, McGee leaves his haunts in
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Travis McGee, John D. MacDonalds Florida hero, is let loose in the asphalt jungle of New York, looking for a murderer and helping a friend.

MacDonald cast McGee to be a romantic hero, slaying dragons and saving the girl. Here, set in the NYC of the mid-sixties, MacDonald can also use this as a vehicle to expound upon all the social and cultural ills of our Western Babylon. The authors ability to tell the story straight while also interjecting observations as asides is again spot on in this his
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime, 2017, american
"We're all still carnivores, and money is the meat. If there's a lot of money and any possible way to get at it, I think people will do some strange and warped things."
- John D. MacDonald, Nightmare in Pink


Travis McGee #2 = Travis McGee goes to NYC. Well, he goes to NYC and is slipped a mickey while investigating the murder of a friend's little sister's husband. Like almost all of MacDonald's Travis McGee novels, this one is heavy on damsel in distress and flavored with MacDonald's own brand of
3 stars
This next instalment of Travis McGee saga rambled quite a bit. I found myself skimming some dialogue. It's clear that MacDonald was distracted from writing this book.

As usual with my reviews, please first read the publishers blurb/summary of the book. Thank you.

Most of the action takes place in New York City, and the descriptive prose is adept but uninteresting.

There are some very good sections, but the climax is almost cliché, very familiar territory now, although perhaps not in 1963.
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Sep 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I enjoyed The Deep Blue Goodbye, but this just annoyed me. One novel on, McGee's Magic Penis (every woman seems to want it, and the ones who get it emerge transformed for the better from the experience) becomes a very tiresome plot element. In this novel, he's basically a sloppy amateur who blunders into a solution that he's too dense or sexed-up to try to figure out without being trapped (by a blonde whore, of course) in a mental health facility. A mental health facility that is run by ...more
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not positive of the edition as this is an OLD Random House one. Years ago I bought the tapes used from the library & converted them into an audio files. I only put the title & author into the file name & there isn't anything in the file themselves beyond it being a Random House recording. I threw the tapes away when we moved. The story is definitely abridged & if you come across it, run away. McGee usually tells the story, but there are a couple of jarring spots where an ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
Nightmare in Pink
I try to collect my thoughts about this book and find it very difficult. Not because I did not like it, on the contrary, it is a very entertaining, fast and easy read. But to tell you the truth, I don't have any deeper thoughts about it. Hence, this review will probably be exceptionally short.

This is not my first book by John D. MacDonald. Ive already read one of the books from the series about Travis McGee - The Quick Red Fox, and it was quite recently. I like this book even more than I like
Maggie K
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This was even better than the first one.

People who think McGee devalues women are idiots.

That's all. :)
Benoit Lelièvre
John D. MacDonald can do no wrong. NIGHTMARE IN PINK, the second volume of Travis McGee's investigations, might not be as eventful as THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY, but it doesn't matter. All these novels need is McGee's razor sharp and generous bits of social analysis. Interlace that with any detective work really and you've got yourself a killer story every time and this is no different.

NIGHTMARE IN PINK is a particularly pertinent read in this day and age because it deals with the rich and the
Lou Robinson
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure this was quite as good as the first Travis McGee I read. But still very enjoyable (as long as you can ignore the slightly sexist tone of the book....reminds me of reading Ian Flemings's Bond, sign of the times I guess). I liked the New York setting, made it easy to imagine. I'll definitely be carrying on with these.
Carla Remy
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The beginning seemed verging on boring, but the book progressed into predictably thrilling action and some pretty sublime writing.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Sure its a bit too cheeky, like most of its genre, the man with a heart of brass that likes to rescue . . . but what sets this series apart is awesome dialog, and a decent story with a soft-boiled protagonist that is just introspective enough not to fall too hard for his own hubris or the worldliness around him.

- There was a preponderance of poodles. This is the most desperate breed there is. They are just a little too bright for the servile role of dogdom. So their loneliness is a little
Benjamin Thomas
The second Travis McGee novel finds our self-described boat-bum doing a favor for an old army buddy who has been confined to a VA hospital and, sadly, is unlikely to live much longer. The mans young sister, Nina, needs help as it seems her fiancé has just been murdered in an apparent mugging gone bad. Traviss investigation takes him to New York and leads him from one contact to another, the trail eventually leading to a high-priced call girl and an incredible scheme to steel millions from ...more
Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I enjoyed this, the second novel in the Travis McGee series, slightly better than the first, The Deep Blue Good-by, largely because its plot became pretty nutty for the last 50 pages. It wasn't dissimilar to many of Ian Fleming's old James Bond novels, in which the situation the protagonist is trapped in is so insane that you can't help but just shrug your shoulders and go along for the ride.

I didn't like it, however, for all the same reasons I disliked The Deep Blue Good-by. The attitudes of
Ed [Redacted]
Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Very fast read. Unfortunately not nearly as entertaining as the first of the Travis McGee series, Deep Blue Good-by. It's still an entertaining enough book, but the series is already headed the wrong direction and that's a bad omen. This one is set in New York and McGee appears to hate New York so perhaps the series will get better on its return to Florida. I already have A Purple Place for Dying, The Turquoise Lamentand The Empty Copper Seaon my TBR shelf (library book sales, among the ...more
Thomas Todd
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't quite know what to think about this MacDonald book. First off this one is not set in Florida. At first I thought I was reading a romance novel someone had secretly hidden under a MacDonald book jacket as Magee spends quite a bit of time romancing it up. Then he is drugged by an apparent LCD type drug and we get to experience his hallucinations along with him. Quite different for me from the previous Travis Mcgee novels I have read but in the end the Travis I know returned.
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it
On the front of the book it informs me that this is a Travis McGee novel, A Nightmare In Pink. After 150 pages I finally realized that this was not the follow-up to The Deep Blue Goodbye I was hoping for. This a James Bond rip off. Double O'Dong in 50 Shades of Ballsack.

Double O'Dong is irresistible to women. They are drawn to him like he's the star of an Axe Body Spray commercial. Once they get him they feel as if they've just had a pint of Rocky Road, lost 10 pounds, and watched a weekend full
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, m
From a beloved master of crime fiction, Nightmare in Pink is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.

Travis McGees permanent address is the Busted Flush, Slip F-18, Bahia Mar, Lauderdale, and there isnt a hell of a lot that compels him to leave it. Except maybe a call from an old army buddy who needs a favor. If it wasnt for him, McGee might not be alive. For that kind of friend, Travis McGee will travel almost
MisterLiberry Head
In his second series adventure, Florida boat-bum and tilter-at-windmills Travis McGee is off his patch. On a mission for his disabled best buddy from his Army days, McGee is on the trail of murder and malfeasance among the skyscrapers, board rooms, people kennels and cocktail bars of New York City. Among the super-rich, our hero is, as one offended jet-setter says, a sort of walking emetic. Out-maneuvered and outsmarted, McGee is kidnapped into a mental hospital that makes Randle Patrick ...more
Cathy DuPont
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third time's a charm! This is book #2 in the series.

I recall the last time I read the series collectively speaking, Travis got in a lot of trouble. But this time, this book, trouble is really, really bad.

Seemed to pay more attention to just who he was and marked a couple of personal information:

1) When Travis got out of the service during the Korean War, he was supposed to go into business with his brother. However, when he got back there was no business; it had been taken away from his
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Will Mason
Aug 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Another re-read for September's Travis McGee book club over at Hitfix. This is the second in the Travis McGee novels, and you can tell MacDonald is still finding his footing with the series, since he immediately takes Travis out of his beloved Florida and sets this one in New York. As far as Travis McGee stories go, this isn't one of my favorites, but the passages where Travis ruminates on the ultimate downfall of society that he believe will start in New York are well done, as well as Travis' ...more
I enjoyed this more than the first book - maybe because of the interesting use and references to hallucinating and mind-altering drugs which would have been a pretty unusual element in any book written at the time.
I never really understood what McGee was after as a monetary reward - but he seemed to be quite happy with his various sexual conquests and so were his lady friends. He helps the sister of his best friend from the Korean war, stumbles across corporate fraud and an illegal medical
Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Trav was way too cool for me in this one. I still enjoyed the plotting, but the man-woman interactions were just too dated to be fun in the context of this story.
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This is the second Travis McGee book, although it was published the same year as the first. Great stuff.
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: macdonald
17 may 15, #35 from macdonald for me and only the 2nd travis mcgee story, #2 travis mcgee. just ran through a john sanford phase and no more of those stories lying around unread so it's back to macdonald.
macdonald rocks the casbah.

18 may 15, finished. excellent story! why? because there are elements in this story that have a touch of the macabre. reading along and there's a change of pace. macdonald does this from time to time, throws something into the story and i wonder where'd that come
Greg Burton
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the midst of re-reading all of the Travis McGee novels in order. I probably last read this one 35 years ago. One of my signs of a great book is whether details stick with you, and I probably remembered more of this one than most, including the major scheme behind the plot and the biggest scene.

What doesn't hold up well? The recurring conceit that Travis is irresistible to all women and in fact is a source of healing to women is tiresome 35 years later. In fact, I forgot how often Travis' key
Greg McClay
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When reading a McGee book for the first time, or possibly after a long time, its good to read MacDonalds background (if its in the book) and to remember when it was published. This was originally 1964. The latter will help with some of the plot points, the former... well, it helps to understand McGee a little. Not that hes that tough to understand. Id live his life in a heartbeat. But there is a McGee/McDonald view about modern civilization that is a fairly negative, paved paradise and put up a ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic series. I'm trying to read them slowly because I dread the day that I'm finished.
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John D. MacDonald was born in Sharon, Pa, and educated at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Syracuse and Harvard, where he took an MBA in 1939. During WW2, he rose to the rank of Colonel (, and while serving in the Army and in the Far East, sent a short story to his wife for sale, successfully. He served in the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.) in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations. ...more

Other books in the series

Travis McGee (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • The Deep Blue Good-By (Travis McGee, #1)
  • A Purple Place for Dying (Travis McGee #3)
  • The Quick Red Fox (Travis McGee #4)
  • A Deadly Shade of Gold (Travis McGee #5)
  • Bright Orange for the Shroud (Travis McGee #6)
  • Darker Than Amber (Travis McGee #7)
  • One Fearful Yellow Eye (Travis McGee #8)
  • Pale Gray for Guilt (Travis McGee #9)
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