Nightmare in Pink (Travis McGee Series #2)

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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 McGee’s permanent address is the Busted Flush, Slip F-18, Bahia Mar, Lauderdale, and there isn’t 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 wasn’t for him, McGee might not be alive. For that kind of ...
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Overview

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 McGee’s permanent address is the Busted Flush, Slip F-18, Bahia Mar, Lauderdale, and there isn’t 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 wasn’t for him, McGee might not be alive. For that kind of friend, Travis McGee will travel almost anywhere, even New York City. Especially when there’s a damsel in distress.
 
“As a young writer, all I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me.”—Dean Koontz
 
The damsel in question is his old friend’s kid sister, whose fiancé has just been murdered in what the authorities claim was a standard Manhattan mugging. But Nina knows better. Her soon-to-be husband had been digging around, finding scum and scandal at his real estate investment firm. And this scum will go to any lengths to make sure their secrets don’t get out.
 
Travis is determined to get to the bottom of things, but just as he’s closing in on the truth, he finds himself drugged and taken captive. If he’s being locked up in a mental institution with a steady stream of drugs siphoned into his body, how can Travis keep his promise to his old friend? More important, how can he get himself out alive?
 
Features a new Introduction by Lee Child

"A knight in slightly tarnished armor, " "the thinking man's Robin Hood, " McGee lives alone on his boat, the Busted Flush. Rejecting the modern world, adhering to a timeless sense of honor and obligation, he is more and less than a private eye. From the author of The Deep Blue Good-by. Original.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for John D. MacDonald and the Travis McGee novels
 
The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King
 
“My favorite novelist of all time . . . All I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me. No price could be placed on the enormous pleasure that his books have given me. He captured the mood and the spirit of his times more accurately, more hauntingly, than any ‘literature’ writer—yet managed always to tell a thunderingly good, intensely suspenseful tale.”—Dean Koontz
 
“To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.”—Kurt Vonnegut
 
“A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Talk about the best.”—Mary Higgins Clark
 
“A dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character . . . I envy the generation of readers just discovering Travis McGee, and count myself among the many readers savoring his adventures again.”—Sue Grafton
 
“One of the great sagas in American fiction.”—Robert B. Parker
 
“Most readers loved MacDonald’s work because he told a rip-roaring yarn. I loved it because he was the first modern writer to nail Florida dead-center, to capture all its languid sleaze, racy sense of promise, and breath-grabbing beauty.”—Carl Hiaasen
 
“The consummate pro, a master storyteller and witty observer . . . John D. MacDonald created a staggering quantity of wonderful books, each rich with characterization, suspense, and an almost intoxicating sense of place. The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author and they retain a remarkable sense of freshness.”—Jonathan Kellerman
 
“What a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again.”—Ed McBain
 
“Travis McGee is the last of the great knights-errant: honorable, sensual, skillful, and tough. I can’t think of anyone who has replaced him. I can’t think of anyone who would dare.”—Donald Westlake
 
“There’s only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again. A writer way ahead of his time, his Travis McGee books are as entertaining, insightful, and suspenseful today as the moment I first read them. He is the all-time master of the American mystery novel.”—John Saul
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812983951
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Series: Travis McGee Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 116,183
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John D. MacDonald was an American novelist and short-story writer. His works include the Travis McGee series and the novel The Executioners, which was adapted into the film Cape Fear. In 1962, MacDonald was named a grandmaster of the Mystery Writers of America; in 1980, he won a National Book Award. In print, he delighted in smashing the bad guys, deflating the pompous, and exposing the venal. In life, he was a truly empathic man; his friends, family, and colleagues found him to be loyal, generous, and practical. In business, he was fastidiously ethical. About being a writer, he once expressed with gleeful astonishment, “They pay me to do this! They don’t realize, I would pay them.” He spent the later part of his life in Florida with his wife and son, and died in 1986.

Biography

One of the most influential names in crime fiction, John D. MacDonald (1916-1986) was born in Sharon, PA, received his M.B.A. from Harvard University, and served in the OSS in India during WWII.

MacDonald's literary career began accidentally. While he was still in service, he wrote a short story, purely for entertainment. He mailed it home to his wife, who sent it to a magazine without his knowledge. The story was accepted. When MacDonald was discharged, he decided to try his luck at writing for a living. After dozens of submissions and rejections, he finally sold a story to Dime Detective, one of the popular pulp magazines of the day.

For several years, MacDonald made a decent living writing mysteries, Westerns, crime stories, and science fiction for the pulps. Then, in 1950, just as the demand for paperback books was increasing, he made the crossover to full-length fiction with The Brass Cupcake, a classic hardboiled detective novel featuring mobsters, corrupt cops, and a disaffected loner who falls for a beautiful woman. The writer had found his niche!

During the 1950s and '60s, MacDonald specialized in hardboiled crime novels -- mostly set in Florida, where he and his wife had moved after the war. For a long time, he resisted the siren call of series fiction. Then, in 1964, he succumbed -- introducing his legendary amateur sleuth Travis McGee in The Deep Blue Goodbye. A cynical knight errant and self-described beach bum who lives in Ft. Lauderdale on a houseboat named "The Busted Flush, McGee went on to star in 20 more adventures. His influence as a "type" can be clearly seen in the writing of several contemporary crime writers, including Carl Hiaasen, Lawrence Block, and George Pelicanos.

Throughout his long, prolific career, MaDonald would alternate the McGee books with standalone novels, nonfiction, and short story collections. As a genre stylist, he is without peer; yet most critics agree that his literary skills transcend the limitations of genre. Perhaps the novelist Kurt Vonnegut said it best when he made this shrewd assessment: "To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen."

Good To Know

Although MacDonald always included a color in the titles of the Travis McGee novels, he never used either black or white.

Several of MacDonald's novels have been adapted for movies -- most famously his 1958 novel The Executioners, which was filmed twice as Cape Fear.

Carl Hiaasen wrote this in the introduction to the 1994 reissue of The Deep Blue Goodbye: "Most readers loved MacDonald's work because he told a rip-roaring yarn. I loved it because he was the first modern writer to nail Florida dead-center, to capture all its languid sleaze, racy sense of promise, and breath-grabbing beauty."

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    1. Date of Birth:
      July 24, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      Sharon, PA
    1. Date of Death:
      December 28, 1986
    2. Place of Death:
      Milwaukee, WI
    1. Education:
      Syracuse University 1938; M.B. A. Harvard University, 1939

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    Nightmare in Pink

    Mystery lovers who enjoy Sue Grafton or Robert Parker will enjoy 60s master John McDonald's color mysteries. Travis McGee is not quite your ordinary detective. Self proclaimed beach bum, lover of life and girls Travis finds himself in extra-ordinary situations. Nightmare in Pink re-introduces Travis to a new generation as he helps a sister of a friend track down a murder and stolen money. At times Travis's in-length detail may be a bit more than needed but the plots are well woven as this makes a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Brady

    Too bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    Kaylas bio

    Looks: tan skin with blonde hair and crystal clear blue eyes wears: sporty stuff ( not gross princessy frilly stuff) hobbies: sing, ride my bike, explore creeks, outdoorsy stuff status: who keeps track of that stuff?! Lives: Nebraska age:12 anything else just ask and get ahold of me AT THE NEXT RESULT

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    Posted May 26, 2014

    Alex to arizona

    Hello

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    Arizona

    So whats up

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    Posted April 25, 2014

    Destiny

    I lay down and wimper cause i am waiting

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    Posted April 25, 2014

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    Vynx

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Party Time part two

    ((Its supposed to be something like a creepypasta, and i told you it was sortof a horror story. So be warned if your not into that stuff)) Rainbow Dashs eyes widened as she saw Rarity being drowned right before her. She saw Rarity start flailing around, and Pinkimena pulled Raritys head out. "Why arent you saving her, Dashie? I thought you were a hero." The pink party ponys eyes twitched. Rainbow squirmed, trying to break free to save her friend from that evil, crazy pony. Pinkimena laughed and pushed Raritys head in once again. The unicorn squirmed and kicked, but her efforts were in vain. The party pony pulled Raritys head out. "Looks like i have to be the one to save you. Dashie here isnt being very nice!" She pulled Rarity to the other side of the room, where Rainbow couldnt see her. Rainbow felt a wave of terror wash over her as she heard a scream. The scream was soon muffled to a gurgling sound. Pinkimena dragged Rarity back into Rainbows sight. Raritys cheeks had been cut into a smile. Blood dripped down her face, leaving streaks of red. "C'mon, Dashie! Smile!" Pinkimena said cheerfully. When Rainbow didnt laugh, giggle, or even smile, Pinkimena started to get angry. "I said SMILE, Dashie!" Rainbow closed her eyes and imagined all the good times she had with her friends. She tried blocking out the sound of dripping, trying to smile, but what she had wittnessed made her never want to smile again. Suddenly Rainbow felt cold metal on her right cheek. Her eyes snapped open, and the knife started cutting a smile into her. "Isnt this fun, Dashie?! I knew i could make anypony smile!" Tears started to stream down her face. The tears fell into the cuts, making it hurt more. When Pinkimena was done, Rainbow had a huge 'grin' on her face. "Lets get back to playing Pin the Tail. Its Raritys favorite!" She said, picking up Rainbows tail, which was lying on the floor about 10 feet away from them. "I'll be right back, girls! Dont go anywhere!" The pink pony grinned, bouncing into the darkness. Instantly Rarirty tried to get away, but Rainbow shook her head franticly. Though Rainbow couldnt speak, Rarity froze. Just then, Pinkimena bounced back in. There was an iron nail in Rainbows detatched tail, and she was carrying a hammer. "Lets play!" Pinkimena trotted behind Rarity. She lifted the chains to reveal Raritys tail. Carefully placing the rainbow colored tail above the purple, profesdionally styled one, she brung down the hammer. Tears of pain left streaks down Raritys face, smearing even more of her makeup. Soon she had completely nailed the tail down, causing Pinimena to laugh. Suddenly, the pink mares ears perked up. There was no sound, but Pinkimena smiled even more. "Oh! My other friends want to come in!" As she trotted off, the two ponies in chains thought Twilight, Applejack, Fluttershy or Spike would be with the mental pony when she came back, but instead, she had a bucket of turnips, a bag of flour, a pile of rocks, and a ball of lint. "My REAL friends wanted to help me throw a party for you!" Pinkimena said, bouncing up and down with glee. "Whats that, Rocky? Oh! Thats a great idea! What do you think, Mademe Le Flour? Me too!" Pinkimena then turned to face them. "My friends say that we should invite ALL the ponies in town! Wait... but what if they dont like my parties?" A look of pure saddness on Pinkimenas face almost made Rainbow feel bad for her. "But at least YOU two like my parties, RIGHT?!"

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    Posted December 28, 2013

    Emilee

    Kk bye

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    Posted October 12, 2013

    Tails

    OMG! BEST CHAPTER EVER!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    The rise of exe chapter 4:A Fatal Mistake

    Eggman watched, irritated, as they worked to sstrengthen sonic. By his side stood Shadow the hedgehog. Eggman growled furiously "No! I cannot let this hpen! I am so close to eliminating that blue pest!" Shadow sighed "calm down, Doctor. You are too old to be getting this worke up. You will give yourself a heart attack!" Eggman turned to him. "Well what do i do then?!" Shadow loo at him and smiles "sabatoge the computers." Eggman laughs "of course! What a brilliant idea! That I came up with!" He presses a few buttons and sends a virus to the government computer. Shado looked confused "what did you just do?" Eggman glares annoyed "i sent a simple exe file to delete th program! Brilliant isnt it?!" An alert appeared on screen. Eggmans eyes wdened "what the?!" Shadow sighs "whats the problem?" eggman stared "the virus... its mutating! Its goin off course and attaking the programs experimental data instead!" Shadow smiles "problem solved." Eggman whacks him "No! You dont understand! There no telling what could happen! The virus could corrupt the data, merge with it. It could enhance the effects!" But he didnt realize just how bad things could get because of the little virus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Tom

    *knocks on the door.* anyone descriptive here?

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    Posted August 27, 2013

    To madi

    Lets fuq

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    Posted August 25, 2013

    Kayla

    Hi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Emily

    Walks wearing a dress low enough to just barely cover her butt and vagina and hardly high enough to cover her boobs.

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    Posted March 17, 2013

    Taylor

    Hey hey hey a skiney girl came in she had brown hair brown eyes and was very experianced with having it

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    Posted March 17, 2013

    To jacob

    Alexa walks in vtotally naked. Pus.sy was completley shaved and her bo.obs were huge.

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