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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 rich man dying of cancer to kill him But does Alan Stanwyk really have cancer That s what Fletch wants to find outI ve watched both Fletch movies but not for a couple decades at least When this popped up on one of my cheap o ebook emails, I snapped it up.Fletch the book is a pretty good dialogue driven mystery Fletch the character is a smooth talker, a man not afraid to tell bold faced lies to get the information he wants While he shares the dry deliver of Chevy Chase from the movie Fletch, he s no Chevy Chase There are no shots of Fletch falling down, no acting like an idiot, no Doctor Rosenpenis The I.M Fletchter of the book is a much darker character, a Vietnam vet who treats people like crap and throws cats out of seven story windows if the mood strikes him He also shares a sleeping bag with a fifteen year old junkie on the beach.Like the movie, the book is full of quotable dialogue I eventually quit highlighting things and just tore through the book It s very readable and probably 75% dialogue It tipped to what was going on in both plot threads but I wasn t very far ahead of Fletch I enjoyed it while I was reading it but not enough to grab another book in the series Hell, the ending makes it seem like there shouldn t be any books I imagine McDonald caved to pressure to write , though.Fletch is a lot darker than the movie version but still an enjoyable read 3.5 out of 5 stars.
[[ DOWNLOAD EPUB ]] ☋ Fletch ⇗ Alternate Cover For ISBN FletchHe 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 FletchHe 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 OfficeFletchSo 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 Seems 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 depths.I don t know what it is in the DNA of American males that makes so many of us quote 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 quotes is Fletch.After 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, huh The 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 plan.Fletch 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 knows.Sounds 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 quick 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 everyone.The Fletch of the book is also a quick witted smart ass, but he isn t a goofball While he frequently 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 joke.And 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 Fletch.And 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 book.What 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. 39 248 Dear Friends I 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 development a very likable protag who has a multitude of personal issues particularly two ex wives who he owes alimony a respected investigative journalist who is bulldog tough and doesn t let go of a great story lousey publishers who call the shots however know little to nothing about journalism and last but not least, humor light humor but nevertheless, it was just plain funny in parts 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 Silly me, little did I know When I looked at it closely, I noticed it was an Edgar Award Winner.The Edgars are given yearly to mysteries and like those, including my friend Will Byrnes who watches all the Oscar nominees, I try to read as many Edgar nominees and winners as possible Terrible that I have passed this book up for so many years but very happy today that I read it because it was a wild ride with Fletch, one character I will not forget for a long time.As an aside, a movie was made from the book starring Chevy Chase as Fletch Great casting because I can see Chase as Fletch which should give my friends an idea of the humor I mentioned above Good reading, everyone, and pick this one up next time you see it it was worthy of the Edgar Award, the Oscar in mystery books Cathy 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 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. Fletch is a quick 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 quality 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 wasted.It 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 sequel I ve read that the sequels provide diminishing returns, and don t find that surprising given what a fantastic job Mcdonald did with the first book.So why four stars instead of five Mostly because Fletch doesn t possess those extra qualities 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 good.By 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. 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 Fletch The 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 paragraphs and instead allows the reader to discover things through the use of various conversations taking place between Irwin Fletcher and whomever he s talking to For the most part it works fairly well Macdonald has a good ear for dialogue and most of the conversations have echoes of the wit of Fletch It s hard to read and not hear Chevy Chase delivering Fletch s dialogue The story unfolds well enough and the central mystery is an intriguing one I can see why the series has been so popular and well remembered by fans I can also see why there s a passion for big screen exploits by Fletch himself I may have to look for of this series in 2010. 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 what s going on Only here instead of a detective, McDonald gives us an irreverent hotshot reporter living like a hippie bum on the Beach with the runaways and drug addicts trying to put together a story working undercover And the client thinks Fletch is a drifter like the other losers and addicts scattered across the sand You may not think this is noir at first, but it s all there just waiting to be unraveled.