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gregry In the order in which the novels take place, the series leads off with Fletch Wonin which Fletch is a young and engaged-to-be-married, relatively inexperienced reporter. I did enjoy it; it was light, amusing. Over the years, Mcdonald launched several other, less successful series, all of them starring charming rogues who doggedly sniff out the truth without resorting to violence or macho bluster. There were rumours back in or so that director Kevin Smith best known for slacker comedies such as Dogma and Clerks and referred to around here as “the other Kevin Smith” was developing a film based on the prequel novel, Fletch Won.

This is the rare instance where the movie is better than the book. I feel like this is comedy first and mystery second, but it works as both.

Fletch is an awesome protagonist.

I read books last year, however, regretfully, I did not meet my challenge. The smart-ass attitude is the same and Chevy Chase pulls it off perfectly. His dictation for his own notes would sometimes go on for several pages and just be repeating what we had literally just read.

Comparing a law practice with an escort service can be beneficial. I initially read them all straight through in publication order, which is great in terms of the development of the character but the plots clearly do get weaker.

Mcdonald and a new kind of sleuth. While the character might work for some, and is no doubt a fair reflection of a certain kind of man, I found him tiresome and annoying: And for anyone who enjoys audio, it’s a good performance.


Order This Issue Subscribe. The conclusion simply would not have been permissible in the s but it is absolutely right here, perfectly mirroring the post-Watergate disillusionment of the mid s albeit without losing its sense of humour. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

I was on vacation with my wife and in-laws, and it was raining Mankind may perceive human dimensions beyond the obvious. There was a unique, slightly askew world view, rebellious, sly, sometimes absurdist, with flashes of tenderhearted compassion.

The sequel, Fletch Lives? It’s a fast read, an entertaining read, and while it won’t be the most memorable piece of fiction you ever read, the ratio of quality to time investment is completely acceptable.

Fletch has been on my shelf for years and I never thought about picking it up and reading it but I just got tired of looking at the much worn paperback cover, so wanted to read it, get it out of my house to replace with a better read.

Trivia About Fletch Fletch, 1. Fletch, at least when we initially meet him, is a hotshot LA-based newspaper reporter beset by a hypertense and demanding editor, two ex-wives hungry for alimony although arguably hungrier for Fletch himselfand a coterie of military men determined to award Fletch a Bronze Star he doesn’t want. Out of all those books, this might be the most entertaining of them all.

After that, it’s Carioca Fletchthe Brazilian novel mentioned earlier; Confess, Fletchwhich introduced Mcdonald’s other series character, the Irish-born Boston Police Inspector and loving family man Francis Xavier Flynn; Fletch’s Fortune and Fletch’s Moxiewhich find our hero investigating shady goings on in the U.

Many mystery purists, including many elder mystery writers, all ready upset at Mcdonald’s publishing his mysteries as paperback originals “I like to be read by people. I wish liked the sequels from the 90s featuring his son more but haven;t read them since they came out so may well try again. Fletch Won 9. There are no flies on Stanwyk.

Again, maybe I’m just of a different generation and don’t understand the humor. McDonald delivers a gripping novel where the plots don’t converge much. Fletch Lives fletcb long on goofiness, short on wit, and is pretty dire on any level. Eventually, he moved to a Tennessee farm, stopped making public appearances, and developed a reputation in the publishing world, at least as a recluse.


Ingenious plotting and execution. I was pretty bored with it though. Flynn’s In, Comment: Post was not sent – check your email addresses! On top of that come several other pressing items on his agenda, all with the same deadline as both his ex-wives are suing him for unpaid alimony and he is due in court while his foolish editors at the paper want him to collect his Bronze Star for publicity purposes. I don’t think it’s worn well. The book manages to come up with several neat surprises — not least of which is the ending — and gives several P.

The action in the story moves well, the story telling is narrative voice and McDonald does an excellent job of giving the reader all the facts up front to follow along with Fletch.

This site uses cookies. Hardcover publication of the series resumed with Fletch Won The Mystery File site published an excellent interview with Macdonald by Lee Goldberg, which you can access here: After that, I read the entire series as well as a couple of the “Flynn” books by the same author. Oh, and for fans of the movie, book Fletch is a smart ass but he’s also kind of a jerk.

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The movie may have stunk, but the sentiment holds true: Anyone not having read them yet is in for a treat. Now, I tried to ignore and dismiss that gaffe altogether but I just couldn’t mcdonadl the character. So what’s he doing here? Few if any of the book’s words are wasted.

Certainly a reflection of his times. Really, really funny too! Paperbackpages.