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The acidly funny first book starring the subversive sleuth in one of the most successful mystery series of all time. Fletch is an investigative reporter whose methods are a little unorthodox. Currently he's living on the beach.

He's taking more than a little flak 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 office. 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 seems.

©1974 Gregory Mcdonald (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Robin
  • Locust Valley, NY, United States
  • 08-24-18

Outrageous and very funny!

A very funny and interest plot. I did not know what to expect but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud frequently. Fletch is a wonderful and irreverent character. I am so glad they added these books to audible, I look forward to listening to them all. I remember seeing the Chevy Chase movie which doesn’t do this book justice. I’d love to see this book made into a movie, again.

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Fantastic!

I’ve seen the movies and now I’ve read the book and feel they were very true - or close enough. It’s also fascinating what has and hasn’t changed from the 70s.

My narrator was decent - my only quibble being that occasionally the book would switch viewpoints or there’d be reading a sentence (in the story) and there wasn’t even a momentary pause. That leads to confusion and a slight final shift or just a fraction of a pause would be my preference.

Still a job well done. Looking VERY forward to the next one in the series!

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  • K. J. Noyes
  • 08-28-18

Humorous modern-day Sam Spade mystery

An apparent vagrant on a beach is asked to respond to a rich man's proposal - he is dying of cancer and wishes to find someone to 'off' him, for his wife to receive the insurance money. It happens that 'Fletch', who appears to be a drug pusher is actually an investigative journalist working on a piece regarding drugs on the beach.

Not allowed to leave his own story, and with ex-wives on his case for alimony, Fletch must juggle his time looking into the multimillionaire's request and background with his boss's meetings and court appearances.

Fletch is a bit of a Sam Spade, a wise-cracking jaded character, with a past of his own and an eye for a puzzle. He's an antihero. There are some other sympathetic characters and a good mystery to wallow in and follow.

The narration by Fletch works as an audiobook, as we are spoken to. It's an entertaining listen and easy to follow. The voice artist does a grand job at bringing Fletch to life and voicing several others including (ex)wives anda female boss.

There are some excellent comic scenes, usually involving Fletch and the women around him. I've not seen the films but I imagine these scenes are included, they are some of the stand-outs and very funny.

I'm not sure I'd want to read more of the series, but I did enjoy becoming familiar with Fletch. I can imagine the style and pattern of the stories continuing in the same vein.

A most enjoyable mystery, though of the 1970s, and with just slightly outdated attitudes towards women, lots of the humour hits home.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-18

great book, well read.

different to the movie but still really good. never boring glad that there are more in the series