John D. MacDonald: Dress Her in Indigo (USA 1969)
From the Publisher:
The wench was dead - but Travis McGee was backtracking her wild, sad trail through the bizarre world of the hippies and drug freaks who had found haven in Mexico. McGee would need all his cool, all his insight, to live up to the estimate of the rich and beautiful woman who perhaps held the key to the puzzle. "You disconcert me," the woman said. "Perhaps it is part of your cleverness, part of practicing an illusion, to be so muscular, so fit, and to have about you a kind of indolence, a flavor of amusement. You are more complex than the kind of man who is paid to strike a ball with a stick, or to fly to another star. You have a living style that contents you." Contentment? Not this trip.
John D. MacDonald: Dress Her in Indigo. Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett Publications, 1969 (Fawcett Gold Medal), 253 p., $0.75.