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, Novelist, Dies at 71 (New York Times)
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