#2 in Travis McGee series.
McGee gets a call from an old war buddy who is in a VA hospital. Mike Gibson is blind and disabled, and when he asks McGee to check something out for him, McGee acquiesces-mostly out of guilt. Mike's beautiful and younger sister, Nina, is engaged to be married when her fiancÃ© is mysteriously killed in a mugging. While cleaning out his things, Nina discovered $10,000 (we're talking 1960's here) and thinks he was in on something shady. The police haven't been able to solve the mugging and they haven't been told about the money, so McGee agrees to snoop around. Unfortunately, the case is in New York City and this Florida boat-bum is literally a fish out of water.
Mike and Nina quickly join forces (in more ways than one) and uncover a complicated financial scam to rob the fiancÃ©'s former boss of millions. Of course, the closer they get to solving the crime, the more they expose themselves to danger. At one point, McGee is even drugged, kidnapped, and held against his will in a mental hospital, where he is subjected to experimental hallucinogens. How he escapes will have you on the edge of your seat.
Fort Lauderdale, the Busted Flush, this is a Travis McGee mystery. Mike Gibson had a service injury and Travis did not, and so Travis is willing to leave Florida to go to NYC to see Mike's sister, Nina, who has recently lost her fiance. The fiance, Howard Plummer, was the victim of a mugging-- assailant unknown. Howard had worked for Armister-Hawes, an investment bank. He had complained to others that he had not been able to see Charles Armister to talk with him, and that the bank was undergoing divestment without any strategy evident to make up for the lack of holding a growth portfolio.
Travis's former client, Connie Thatcher, informs him that she knows the sister-in-law of Charles Armister, Terry Drummond. He discovers that Terry Drummond hasn't been able to see Charles, either, and she would like to do this to encourage him to return to living with her sister. At the present it seems that Charles is living with his secretary and his lawyer. It is feared that he is somehow under their thumb. Travis McGee certainly does find himself in the midst of a nightmare as he undergoes a stay at a mental hospital where Charles Armister was treated.
The plotting of the mystery is very tight, very good.
AMAZON.COM READER'S REVIEW
Dark-haired and delicatly built, she was a sweetly wanton career girl, loiving aLone in a Manhattan walk-up. Her name was Nina and--in addition to companionship--she offered Travis McGee the first loose thread in the elaborate fabric of a gigantic swindle. McGee sets out on a wild and tortuous chase that takes him into the decadent world of Cafe Society, the ruthless world of big money, and the weird world of hallucinatory drugs.
Part rebel, part philosopher, and evbery inch his own man, Travis McGee is the handsome, sexy, Florida boat bum with a special genius for helping friends in trouble--or avenging tgheir deaths.
Awful follow-up to intro novel...boring.