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McNally's Secret: Archy McNally, Book 1 | [Lawrence Sanders]

McNally's Secret: Archy McNally, Book 1

Playful, seductive, irresistible - this best-selling masterwork of fatal passion and greed introduces Lawrence Sanders's most wickedly charming sleuth. Meet Archy McNally, a freewheeling playboy who specializes is "discreet inquires" for the rich and not-so-discreet. Beneath the glaring sun of Palm Beach - and behind the lowest crimes of high society - McNally is paid to keep family skeletons in the closet. But when it comes to sex and scandal, McNally has a few secrets of his own....
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Playful, seductive, irresistible - this best-selling masterwork of fatal passion and greed introduces Lawrence Sanders's most wickedly charming sleuth. Meet Archy McNally, a freewheeling playboy who specializes is "discreet inquires" for the rich and not-so-discreet. Beneath the glaring sun of Palm Beach - and behind the lowest crimes of high society - McNally is paid to keep family skeletons in the closet. But when it comes to sex and scandal, McNally has a few secrets of his own....

©1992 The Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 04-03-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Forgettable? Yeah, Like A Savory Rich Desert!"

    Probably next week Archy McNally's "Adventure of the Inverted Jennies" will flow completely out of my memory. So what? There are deserts that were so delightful I'll recommend them to everyone who asks. Deserts don't change lives. Don't direct or even inform them. But they can be delightful, huh?

    That's what this craftily prepared story is… Archy lives in a note-perfect, imaginary culture that evokes Fred and Ginger twirling through platinum and crystal settings. Victor Bevine ices Sanders' cake thick with stylish characters who you'll see and hear and enjoy.

    I'm off to download another order of Archy from the Lawrence Sanders' section of the Audio bookshelf. Dunno about you, but I may not remember the details of a perfect desert, yet when I see it on the menu, I'll order it quicker than the summer heat rises in posh Boca Raton.

    One word for this book…. "Yummy!"

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Schervem Portland, OR, United States 02-18-14
    Schervem Portland, OR, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted! It's possible I might need Audible rehab.

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    "Glad it was on sale..."

    The one liners are creative, but I found I didn't care about any of the characters and ultimately the story line didn't engage me much either.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janels 02-27-14
    Janels 02-27-14
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    "Gatsby-era dialogue"

    At first, I thought the dialogue of this book was a joke, a farce--in no way serious. Then the references to everything from the 40s to the 90s gave me chronological vertigo. Put all together, it was just vertigo.

    It says the book was published in 1992. Maybe republished, but the stilted Gatsby-era dialogue and numerous references were waaay before the 90s--maybe the 40s? This author was born in 1920, and the book bears all the hallmarks of someone writing of the 1930s or 40s, with some updated "things" randomly thrown in.

    I can assure you that even an Ivy Leaguer would not speak with such a foppish vocabulary and expressions, even in the 90s. The 30s, 40s...maybe, while wearing a raccoon coat. This preposterous vocabulary had Archy referred to often as a "lad"or "buster", talk was "blather" or "drivel", he said something "diddled" him, bad guys were "villains", "nefarious types", "fiends" and "no-goodnicks", people "decried" things, women were "upholstered", men had a "Barrymore profile", and he wore a "boater" hat. There were no contractions in the diction; everything was "I am" or "you (or one) will", etc. All songs and television shows were of 50ish vintage. Frank Sinatra was king.

    Thrown in to try to "update" the chronology were a Lexus (referred to once), a cell phone (referred to once or twice), a Miata, and not much else. The songs he liked and heard were 40s songs, the computer he referred to was a 70s computer, and everyone was greeted as "old man" or "old boy", with whom he would have a "spot of lunch". His favorite expression, annoyingly, was "one never knows, do one?". Furthermore, being an Irish dandy, he liberally used Yiddish words and expressions, adding confusion to confusion.

    The sad thing was that if this were truthfully presented as a period piece, it could have been charming, if not mind-blowing. But the careless "updating", while maintaining the archaic dialogue and vocabulary made it a linguistic folly. It literally kept me reeling, not being able to place the action in time or space.

    As to the plot, if you could possibly get over the ridiculous dialogue and lack of a place in chronology, it was weak and forgettable.

    Thankfully, it didn't cost me a credit, and I won't be staggering through this author's time, space and vocabulary continuum again. This was so not written in the 90s (at least not by anyone who had been outside of his house in half a century), and I feel cheated that they would think anyone could believe it was!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Kennesaw, GA, United States 02-13-14
    Cheryl Kennesaw, GA, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Very underwhelming for Lawrence Sanders"

    I've read nearly all of his books, and this was my least favorite! I'm glad Audible has a return policy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 04-25-14
    Susan 04-25-14
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    "Entertaining and Fun"
    What did you love best about McNally's Secret?

    I loved the dialogue between the characters. I usually enjoy mysteries and detective series but I really enjoyed this easy, lighthearted book. It was fun. The narrator did a fantastic job.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narrator did a fabulous job! The only negative of the book was the mention of the "flying jennys" just one too many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric J. Toll 03-18-14

    Desert Aries

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    "Story is cheesy, characters cheesier, I love it!"

    Let's face it, Sanders is not Dickens or Follett or Vince Flynn. He's fun. The McNally series is just one of those books to grab when you want a complete and total escape. It moves well, it dances poignantly, and it leaves you with a constant smile.

    I read the whole series in print, and in my mind, I had the voices and nuances. It took me a couple of chapters to get my mind in sync with Victor Bevine. By the time the book was finished, I thoroughly enjoyed his performance.

    The McNally plots are almost always the same, but who cares. I'm going to download them all ... in fact I would have done so, but the 87th Precinct Series has just started to go audio. So many books, and only two ears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine BROOKLYN, NY, United States 02-20-14
    Katherine BROOKLYN, NY, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Lovely and fun story! Fantastic narration."
    Would you listen to McNally's Secret again? Why?

    Yes, absolutely!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the clever banter and the "easy-going" manner of narration.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    stupid question.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no! Just because I enjoy a good read, it certainly does not mean that "laughter/crying" is a necessity....


    Any additional comments?

    These questions are juvenile and offensive!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rickapolis Annapolis, Maryland, United States 11-10-13
    Rickapolis Annapolis, Maryland, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2010

    Rickapolis

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    "Where is the sass?"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved reading the McNally books and was delighted to see them available on Audible. The story is still as good as ever, and Victor Bevine was great reader with one exception. That exception, alas, is Archie himself. He seems to deliver Archie's best lines as if he were reciting a mathematical formula. The sass, the flippancy is lacking. There were times I wanted to shout out, 'don't be so damn solemn'. I may try another to see if he changes his delivery any (and it may be the director's fault, not the reader) but I probably will not. Too bad. I enjoy the character very much, but not like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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