The Case of THE PINK LADY (A Dick Nixon Mystery) Kindle Edition
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The story begins with Nixon “still lightly buzzed from the whiskey he had pounded down all night” and caffeine from the coffee he had just gulped making him sweat. Nixon is giving his farewell speech in 1962 after being defeated by Pat Brown in the California gubernatorial election and famously saying that the press wouldn’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.
But, the best part is when the story takes Nixon home after the press conference facing weeks of depression and Pat Nixon is happy that they are finally out of the fishbowl of politics. Picture Nixon in the backyard of his suburban home, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and wingtip shoes and cleaning the pool. Of course, his famous dog Checkers is nearby, farting. These images are just too much to bear without laughing out loud. Almost as hysterical as Nixon “standing there in his avocado green kitchen” remembering that he had decided to compliment Pat and saying something that came off as strange to her.
The meat of the story is about a political aide who calls Nixon because a blonde in a 1959 red Thunderbird is parked in Murray’s driveway, covered with blood, and with a gun with a silencer in her hand. Nixon eventually figures out what really happened and whose to blame, but the story is so funny and so filled with historical references, that it really doesn’t matter. Hopefully Bogart will put together an entire collection of these Nixon stories, not just the one or two he has published thus far. He does a fantastic job of capturing the essence of Nixon, a brilliant man who always seemed a bit awkward and uncomfortable.
If I could, I'd dock it 1/2 star for a few minor writing-craft issues. But ya know, I doubt that one reader out of twenty will notice those issues, and they really are minor, so I went ahead and gave it all five stars.
This is a must read for mystery fans/history buffs (especially the 60s)/and alternative universe lovers.