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Alternate cover for ISBN 0380006456FletchHe’s an investigative reporter whose methods are a little unorthodox Currently he’s living on the beach with the strung out trying to find to the source of the drugs they live for FletchH. Treasure of the Rubbermaids 5 The Underhill Account The on going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent s house and untouched for almost 20 years Thanks to my father dumping them back on me I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depthsI don t know what it is in the DNA of American males that makes so many of us uote movies incessantly There are certain friends of mine that I can have entire conversations with that consist of nothing but repeating lines from films like Animal House Caddyshack Ghostbusters and a hundred others One of the all time richest veins of movie uotes is FletchAfter the movie came out in 1985 my friends and I watched it dozens of times on video and my fifteen year old self was delighted to learn that there was a whole series of books that the movie was based on I found a movie tie in copy that made me giggle with glee at the prospect of getting whole books of Fletch stories However the book and the movie have some serious differences that threw me for a loop As readers we ve all been disgusted when a movie version of a book we love made stupid changes that ruined what we liked about it Very rarely a movie may make some changes that improve the story Fletch is an odd case because in some ways the movie is very much like the book but at the same time it isn t Yet both ended up being remarkably good Weird huhThe main plot of both remains the same Irwin Fletcher is a smart ass investigative reporter who has gone undercover as a junkie to find the source of a drug epidemic at the beach In his role as an addict Fletch is approached by a wealthy man named Alan Stanwyk who makes him an incredible offer Stanwyk claims to be dying of cancer and has set up an elaborate plot to have someone murder him so that his insurance won t be nullified by suicide The offer to kill him comes with a large sum of money and an elaborate escape planFletch plays along and agrees to kill Stanwyk Then he embarks on a clandestine investigation to find out if the man really is dying of cancer while still trying to figure out the source of the drugs on the beach as his editor demands that he print what he already knowsSounds like the movie right Yes and no Because while the main plot is the same it s Chevy Chase s portrayal of Fletch that changes the tone While this remains one of his best movies Chase was essentially doing what he always did acting like Chevy Chase He s a uick witted smart ass who occasionally behaves like a complete doofus The running gag of him pretending to be various people lets him act like an idiot while still being the smug guy who is playing everyoneThe Fletch of the book is also a uick witted smart ass but he isn t a goofball While he freuently lies about his identity to get information there s no silly disguises or acting the fool This Fletch is also a Vietnam vet with problems than the Chevy Chase version His fights with his incompetent editor are serious and not playful and the alimony of two failed marriages is a real problem and not just a jokeAnd to be blunt the book version of Fletch is kind of a prick From what I ve read about Chevy Chase he is also kind of prick but he didn t showcase that in this movie Fletch is the kind of guy who threw his ex wife s cat out a seventh story window when he got sick of the cat smell and doesn t apologize for it He s funny but mean to most of the people he deals with Granted many of them are assholes but book Fletch is a bit nastier than Chevy FletchAnd this Fletch does things like shack up with a fifteen year runaway prostitute The book never makes it clear that he was having sex with her but they are sharing a sleeping bag so while there is a feeling that maybe he was trying to protect her and his cover it s still pretty damn creepy The book also ends differently with a much darker twist than the movie version did All in all it seems like Hollywood took a good mystery with some funny lines and a dark undercurrent to it including a flawed main character then they sanded off the rough edges and brought in Chevy Chase who did what worked for him rather than making an effort to portray it as written in the bookWhat we got was a movie that concentrated on the humor and became a comedy classic while the book remains a good crime story that will probably leave fans of the movie who read it slightly unsettled at some of it s darker plot twists

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Fletch author Gregory McDonald

So when multimillionaire Alan Stanwyk offers Fletch the job of a lifetime which could be worth a fortune he’s intrigued and decides to do a little investigation What he discovers is that the proposition is anything but what it see. The lone man in my book club likes only very dry factual NO speculation history or so I thought It turns out that he likes mysteries so I asked him to recommend a few hoping we could find some common ground I really like him and his partner Sylvia This was the first book he recommended I did enjoy it it was light amusing I m surprised as it wasn t at all what I expected him to like I love finding layers of people that are surprising

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E’s taking than a little flack from his editor She doesn’t appreciate his style Or the expense account items he’s racking up Or his definition of the word deadline Or the divorce lawyers who keep showing up at the officeFletch. Fletch is a uick read and completely satisfying as a mystery Gregory Mcdonald skillfully juggles the novel s multiple plots and threads the two main ones together at the end without straining credulity Even 35 years after its publication Fletch still feels original its main character is a newspaper reporter rather than the typical cop or private investigator and the book never loses its sense of fun a uality so often lacking in detective novels Mcdonald s writing style is suitably terse for a story about a reporter and Irwin Fletcher s own writing within the book is exactly right for newspapers of the time Few if any of the book s words are wastedIt s a bit disappointing to know that Fletch is the first in a series The book is so complete and ends so perfectly that I almost don t want to know how Mcdonald manages to bring Irwin Fletcher back in the first seuel I ve read that the seuels provide diminishing returns and don t find that surprising given what a fantastic job Mcdonald did with the first bookSo why four stars instead of five Mostly because Fletch doesn t possess those extra ualities that make it rise beyond being a genre novel such as the wonderful metaphors and moral weight that make Chandler s The Big Sleep and Farewell My Lovely five star books for me Nevertheless Fletch is about as good as a detective book can be without also being something and that s still pretty damned goodBy the way I can t really compare the book to the 1985 Chevy Chase movie I saw it when it first came out and maybe again a couple years after that but don t remember it that well I do recall it being goofier and of a straightforward comedy than the book is If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, items he’s racking up Or his definition of the word deadline Or the divorce lawyers who keep showing up at the officeFletch. Fletch 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida is a uick read and completely satisfying as a mystery Gregory Mcdonald skillfully juggles the novel s multiple plots and threads the two main ones together at the end without straining credulity Even 35 years after La ética de la crueldad its publication Fletch still feels original 3052 its main character Mercator investigator and the book never loses Pasos perdidos en Granada its sense of fun a uality so often lacking Suffering and no suffering in detective novels Mcdonald s writing style Can We Live 150 Years? is suitably terse for a story about a reporter and Irwin Fletcher s own writing within the book The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears is exactly right for newspapers of the time Few Robs Shiny Dumptruck if any of the book s words are wastedIt s a bit disappointing to know that Fletch Business English is the first Mama Glow is so complete and ends so perfectly that I almost don t want to know how Mcdonald manages to bring Irwin Fletcher back Fire in the Sky in the first seuel I ve read that the seuels provide diminishing returns and don t find that surprising given what a fantastic job Mcdonald did with the first bookSo why four stars olga spessivtzeva instead of five Mostly because Fletch doesn t possess those extra ualities that make ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! it rise beyond being a genre novel such as the wonderful metaphors and moral weight that make Chandler s The Big Sleep and Farewell My Lovely five star books for me Nevertheless Fletch I Am Providence is about as good as a detective book can be without also being something and that s still pretty damned goodBy the way I can t really compare the book to the 1985 Chevy Chase movie I saw An Unexpected Magick (The Draegan Lords, it when The Weirdest Noob (The Weirdest Noob it first came out and maybe again a couple years after that but don t remember WeVe Only Just Begun it that well I do recall Real Estate Mistakes it being goofier and of a straightforward comedy than the book Computer Network Time Synchronization is


10 thoughts on “Fletch author Gregory McDonald

  1. says:

    Fletch Fletch #1 Gregory McDonaldFletch is a 1974 mystery novel by Gregory Mcdonald the first in a series featuring the character Irwin Maurice Fletcher A millionaire businessman named Alan Stanwyk approaches Fletch to hire Fletch to murder him; the man tells Fletch that he is dying of bone cancer and wants to avoid a slow

  2. says:

    When posing as a drug addict on the beach to find out the source of the beach's main dealer Fletch is hired by a

  3. says:

    Treasure of the Rubbermaids 5 The Underhill Account The on going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent’s house and untouched for almost 20 years Thanks to my father dumping them back on me I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their

  4. says:

    Dear FriendsI read 141 books last year however regretfully I did not meet my challenge Thus far this year I've read nine books including this book Fletch published in 1974 Out of all those books this might be the most entertaining of them all It had the elements I enjoy so much in reading books a mystery; great character developm

  5. says:

    This was a pretty enjoyable read and an interesting story I don't believe I ever saw the movie yet I still thought of Chevy Chase as Fletch possibly partially due to the audiobook's narrator Grover Gardner who may have so

  6. says:

    Fletch is a uick read and completely satisfying as a mystery Gregory Mcdonald skillfully juggles the novel's multiple plots and threads the two main ones together at the end without straining credulity Even 35 years after its publication Fletch still feels original its main character is a newspaper reporter rather than

  7. says:

    The lone man in my book club likes only very dry factual NO speculation history or so I thought It turns out that he likes mysteries so I asked him to recommend a few hoping we could find some common ground I really like him and his partner Sylvia This was the first book he recommended I did enjoy it; it was light amusing I'm surprised as it wasn't at all what I expected him to like I love finding layers of people that

  8. says:

    In Fletch Gregory McDonald follows a basic setup of many pulp detective novels There's a well heeled client who wants to hire detective but the job is odd It's suspicious and little by little the detective it's together w

  9. says:

    Strange book I don't think it's worn well It's tightly plotted the dialogue's fun and it moves right along but it's one of those books where the main character is just untouchable you know he can never be beaten ever at anything in any way he's always right always about everything always and along the way he's going to put everyone else in their place especially the women the pesky women And he does

  10. says:

    I recently caught the classic Chevy Chase movie version of Fletch on cable which served to remind me that I'd never actually read the original source material So I rushed off to my local library and checked out FletchThe novel itself is pretty much the same basic plot as the film though there are some differences The big difference is how dialogue driven the novel is Gregory Macdonald tells the story with minimal descriptive pa

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