Thursday, September 11, 2008

'Fletch' author Mcdonald 1937-2008

Best-selling author Gregory Mcdonald, creator of the best-selling "Fletch" mysteries, passed away Sunday at his Tennessee farm. He was 71.

Mcdonald won back-to-back Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America for Fletch and Confess, Fletch, the only time a novel and its sequel were so honored. His 26 books also included the "Flynn" series, and he was a journalist with the Boston Globe.

If you have not enjoyed the pleasure of the Fletch or Flynn novels, they are highly recommended -- Mcdonald's snappy dialogue, clever plotting, and clean narrative is simply superb. Many mystery writers owe him a huge debt. (Some of my own readers will no doubt recognize his influence -- that is, when I did it right.)

Related links:
Manager: 'Fletch' author Gregory Mcdonald dies (AP)
Gregory Mcdonald, R.I.P. (Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind)
Fletch Dies (A Writer's Life)
GREGORY MCDONALD AND THE FLETCH NOVELS (Mystery File)
Gregory Mcdonald, Novelist, Dies at 71 (New York Times)
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