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Nightmare in Pink: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 2 | [John D. MacDonald]

Nightmare in Pink: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 2

Nina - a career girl living alone in Manhattan - offers Travis McGee companionship and the first loose thread in the elaborate fabric of a gigantic swindle. Now, she's leading McGee on a wild and tortuous chase into the decadent world of high society, the ruthless world of big money, and the weird world of hallucinatory drugs.
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Nina - a career girl living alone in Manhattan - offers Travis McGee companionship and the first loose thread in the elaborate fabric of a gigantic swindle. Now, she's leading McGee on a wild and tortuous chase into the decadent world of high society, the ruthless world of big money, and the weird world of hallucinatory drugs.

©1964 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. Renewal © 1992 Maynard MacDonald (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 03-28-12
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Trav McGee just gets better"

    This is book 2 in series, and it's better than the first. I think the narrator does a great job with voices that convey, not only attitude, but the language of the time. How often do you hear some one call another "darling" in 2012. These are period mysteries and as such you have to take that into account. If you're not familiar with the detective genre of the 50's and 60's then this might not be for you. I'm loving it and find so far each book has been better than last. I'm up to the fourth book in series and I am truly enjoying.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen United States 12-21-12
    Stephen United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love Overcomes All"
    What made the experience of listening to Nightmare in Pink the most enjoyable?

    Been a fan of Travis McGee since I was young. To be able to listen to them today is a true joy. Robert Perkoff's narration combined with MacDonald's outstanding writing makes this series a must read - over and over again.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Of course not. You know how these series work out. What makes them enjoyable is seeing how Travis handles each situation and survives. The books are enjoyable because of the storyline, not the ending.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    I liked Teri. An older lady who is famous and wealthy trying to hold onto her youth. Crusty, crabby, aloof, and desperate. Used to getting what she wants, and determined to get Travis... whatever the cost.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. The length makes that possible, but not practical. So I did it in 2 sittings. And enjoyed every minute. Looking forward to book #3 in the series - A Purple Place for Dying. Can't wait to see what trouble Travis gets into next.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a book that is just an enjoyable romp, the Travis MvGee series is that. An excellent way to spend 5-6 hours.Makes you smile, laugh, and just a bit jealous. And the good guy always wins in the end. I like books that way.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Great escape fiction that will take you back."

    John MacDonald's creation of Travis McGee took me back to a time when I wore a younger man's clothes (as the song says). It was a time win one had to go to a land line to make a phone call and men and women lived in very strict observance of certain imagined roles for the sexes. Travis McGee is that macho, trouble shooter who is also caring and compassionate and the women in his life are "very female" but surprisingly tough in their own way. After all life is never as neat and clean as it should be and the tasks the main charter takes on are never as neat and clean as they should be either. The plot is always fast moving and the presentation of the characters by Robert Petkoff adds to the whole. So take an afternoon and step back to a world where absolutes still exist and let your memory and imagination play with each other. I liked it and I hope you do too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tim O'Neill San Jose, CA USA 08-13-12
    Tim O'Neill San Jose, CA USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Tearing Through the Series"

    Travis McGee and Meyer are a compelling duo. Start at the beginning and I dare you to stop.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ADRIAN KORNHAUSER E 05-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Very nice and entretaining book."

    I like the authors view on man-women relations, even if sometimes it is far fetched and the book is a fun read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    barbara korumburra, Australia 05-07-12
    barbara korumburra, Australia 05-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "McGee revisited"
    If you could sum up Nightmare in Pink in three words, what would they be?

    A new dimension


    What other book might you compare Nightmare in Pink to and why?

    All the McGees'


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    McGee!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Reborn philosophy


    Any additional comments?

    Not the voice I imagined for McGee...But it works very well!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Northridge, CA, United States 05-07-12
    David Northridge, CA, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "McGee #2 - Doesn't Try Harder"

    While this is another bang-up reading performance by Petkoff, the story suffers a bit in comparison to the first McGee outing, The Deep Blue Good-By. Unrealistic in spots, it seems more of a pot-boiler.
    Still, these are worth reading in order...and Petkoff will keep it moving for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 04-26-12
    Amazon Customer United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Quite an adventure"

    As the second in the series, I had expected this to be similar to the first, but I was really wrong. The story takes place in totally different circumstances and if anything it's better than the first one. An excellent bit of story-telling!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn cranston, ri usa 04-10-12
    Evelyn cranston, ri usa 04-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "refreshing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nightmare in Pink to be better than the print version?

    never read it


    What did you like best about this story?

    occupation of Travis


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    Travis and all of them


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Enjoy reading/listening to books of various genres.


    Any additional comments?

    I shall have to reread/listen to this book to refresh my memory. I am a avid listener.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Florence, AL, United States 08-27-12
    Robert Florence, AL, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Slow start Strong finish"
    Would you listen to Nightmare in Pink again? Why?

    I probably would not listen again. I rarely listen to books a second time. But it was a very good book. Very thought provoking.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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