Fletch Won by Gregory McDonald (1985)

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Fletch Won
The New Fletch Mystery
by Gregory McDonald
Publisher: Warner Books
Copyright: 1985
Book Club Edition

Irwin Maurice Fletcher -- Gregory McDonald's irrepressible Fletch -- has entertained millions of readers since his first appearance in the Edgar Award-winning novel Fletch, ten years ago. Now in Fletch Won, Gregory McDonald creates a masterful new mystery that takes readers back to the very beginnings of his career.

It's Fletch's first case. As a rookie reporter for the News-Tribune, he's been covering all the routine stories no one else wants. With his already slightly skewed view of the world the young Fletch only manages to get himself and the paper into trouble -- more trouble than his boss thinks he's worth. As a last chance, he's assigned to the society page to cover the story of Donald Habeck, a wealthy criminal lawyer who wants to donate $5 million to the local art museum.

It's a simple public relations feature -- until Habeck turns up dead in the parking lot of the News-Tribune and Fletch gets the opportunity he's been waiting for.

Digging into the case, Fletch turns up a glut of suspects. First there is Habeck's unhappy family: the certifiably crazy wife, an impoverished daughter, an avant-garde Poet of Violence, and the son who despised the old man so much he became a monk. Then there are Habeck's former clients, including a convicted child molester just out of prison and a man who once faced a murder rap and now confesses to every violent crime in the city. And underneath it all, there's the nagging, unanswered question: Why would Habeck, a man who made a fortune keeping society's lowest out of prison, suddenly become a do-good philanthropist?

As Fletch outruns the cops, the crime reporter of the News-Tribune, the seductive hostess of the Ben Franklyn Friend Service (more than just an escort agency), a refugee from the Federal Witness Protection Program, and his own fiancee, he finally stumbles across the clue that can break the case wide open -- and launch his legendary career.

Fletch's first hardcover appearance in ten years, Fletch Won is cause for celebration. McDonald's clever repartee and breakneck pacing have never been more finely honed. The story of the wise-cracking young reporter's debut, it is sure to delight his loyal fans . . . and as an intriguing whodunit, certain to enthrall all lovers of mystery.

Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover edges are rubbed and lightly discolored. Pages are tanning from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper.


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