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Gregory McDonald (February 15, 1937 - September 7, 2008) was an American mystery writer best known for his creation of the character Irwin Maurice Fletcher, an investigative reporter who preferred the nickname -Fletch.- Two of the Fletch books earned Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America: Fletch was named Best First Novel in 1975, and Confess, Fletch won for Best Paperback Original in 1977. This is the only time a novel and its sequel won back-to-back Edgars. Mcdonald would go on to write seven more Fletch novels, including the prequels Fletch Won and Fletch Too. The original book became a 1985 movie of the same name starring Chevy Chase.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A reissue of two thrillers by the creator of that wonderful criminal rascal Fletch (and if you think of him as Chevy Chase in those awful self-satisfied movies, DO go back to the humorous originals which are so much better). The first, Snatch, is a quirky kidnapping tale at high octane speed that never runs out of fuel and brings a sardonic voice to a story of political conspiracies set in New York. The pace never tires, adventure at its spiky best. The second novel in the volume, Safekeeping, also revolves around the abduction of an 8 years old child and the hapless band of kidnappers who organised the crime. At times tongue in cheek, but always suspenseful in a light-hearted manner, both novels demonstrate the relaxed style and storytelling of the late McDonald, with a zest of social satire and larger than life villains and not quite heroes that was his trademark. A worthy set of rediscoveries. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
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