Fletch

By Gregory Mcdonald
Read by Dan John Miller

The Fletch Mysteries: Book 1

5.96 Hours 08/07/2018 unabridged
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Fletch, investigative reporter extraordinaire, can’t be bothered with deadlines or expense-account budgets when it comes to getting his story. Working undercover at the beach to dig up a drug-trafficking scheme for his next blockbuster piece, Fletch is invited into a much deeper narrative. Alan Stanwyk, CEO of Collins Aviation and all-around family man, mistakes the reporter for a strung-out vagabond and asks him for a favor: kill him and escape to Brazil with $50,000. Intrigued, Fletch can’t help but dig into this suspicious deal he’s being offered. Dodging the shady beach police as his case begins to break open, and with his temperamental editor Clara pushing for his article, he soon discovers that Stanwyk has a lot to hide and this plan is anything but what it seems.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel

A Booklist Pick of Upcoming Titles on Audio

Fletch, investigative reporter extraordinaire, can’t be bothered with deadlines or expense-account budgets when it comes to getting his story.

Working undercover at the beach to dig up a drug-trafficking scheme for his next blockbuster piece, Fletch is invited into a much deeper narrative. Alan Stanwyk, CEO of Collins Aviation and all-around family man, mistakes the reporter for a strung-out vagabond and asks him for a favor: kill him and escape to Brazil with $50,000. Intrigued, Fletch can’t help but dig into this suspicious deal he’s being offered.

Dodging the shady beach police as his case begins to break open, and with his temperamental editor Clara pushing for his article, he soon discovers that Stanwyk has a lot to hide and this plan is anything but what it seems.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I couldn’t stop at 101 words. I couldn’t stop at one page. I had to reread the whole book. And then the next and then the next. And I don’t think I’ll be the only one who still finds that old hook as sharp as ever. The movie may have stunk, but the sentiment holds true: Fletch lives.” Mystery Scene
“Gregory Mcdonald’s Fletch novels are the pinnacle of California sunshine noir—twisty, smart-alecky, and very, very human. I. M. Fletcher is a ‘detective’ in a world that’s determined to drown him in its petty mysteries. Fletch is the tanned, not-as-amoral cousin of Highsmith’s Tom Ripley, and one of the great literary creations.” Patton Oswalt
“A top-rate thriller told in stripped-down language that races to a climax.” Washington Post

Reviews

Reviews

by Brian (Brian's Book Blog) 8/21/2018
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Fletch Is A Blast

I vaguely remember watching this movie maybe 10 years ago - so I really went into it with only the assumption that Fletch was Chevy Chase in my head. I couldn't really remember the plot line and I knew that there were a few movies made.  I did not know that this was written originally in 1974 and also didn't know that it also started a long series of books starring the same sleuth.

Most mystery books that I read revolve around someone who has already been murdered - but Fletch was totally different.  Fletch was hired to kill a man he hardly knew. So he decides to do some digging to find out just who this man really was.  What happens after is a scene of events that will show us just who the real Alan Stanwyk (spelled the wrong way :) ) is and what lengths Fletch will go to, to get a story.

I also like that he wasn't your typical murder mystery kind of guy.  Not only is he completely crazy, utilizing things you wouldn't think would work to get information out of people.  But he's also not a detective.  He's an investigative journalist that always seems to be about 10 minutes from getting fired.

As I said, I didn't really remember the movie - but after reading this I definitely want to go back and check it out.  I thought that McDonald's writing style was perfect and he was able to write a funny but still serious book.  I enjoyed every second of it and I'm really glad I picked this one up. I requested a free copy of this book - it has not affected my review in any way.
by jack 8/12/2018
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Fletch

Good book, just one point, in 1980's they issued the Fletch books in audio read by Grover Gardner.

Author

Author Bio: Gregory Mcdonald

Gregory Mcdonald (1937–2008) insisted that he was educated while earning his way through Harvard by creating and running an international yacht troubleshooting business. A former Boston Globe reporter, he won two Edgar Allan Poe Awards for his writing as well as numerous awards for humanitarian work.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD, Paperback
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 5.96
Audience: Adult
Language: English