Cinnamon Skin

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Cinnamon Skin
Cinnamon Skin-cover.jpg
First edition (h/b)
Author John D. MacDonald
Country United States
Language English
Series Travis McGee
Genre Mystery novel
Publisher Harper and Row
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 275
ISBN 0-06-014990-6
Preceded by Free Fall in Crimson
Followed by The Lonely Silver Rain

Cinnamon Skin (1982) is the twentieth novel in the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald. Like a few other books in the series, McGee ends up traveling to Mexico to solve a crime.

The title of the book comes from a passage in Chapter 26.[1] The passage reads as follows:

"You smell like cinnamon and you have the right color. Cinnamon skin."
"My God, McGee, can't you come up with something more original."
"I thought it was."
She laughed. "It's a song, you idiot. Piel Canela: Cinnamon Skin. They sing it all over Mexico. ..."


  1. ^ Page 274 of the first paperback release the First Ballantine Books Edition: July 1983


  • Merril, Hugh (2000). The Red Hot Typewriter: The Life and Times of John D. MacDonald. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur. ISBN 978-0-312-20905-6. 
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