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Entertainment Weekly just wrote about Fletch (the movie), raving about how it is totally this cult classic and everyone loves it so much. I don't remember loving the movie--probably because A) I read the books first and B) I don't crush on Chevy Chase--though now I'm willing to watch it again just out of curiosity. But what I *really* wanted to do after reading the article was read the books again!

OK, I finished it quick. This is even more fun to read now than it was when I discovered it 20-odd years ago. No cell phones, no laptops, just a portable tape deck and a typewriter in a suitcase, and a dash to a landline in critical moments. And it's still a total crash-course in writing dialog: seems like 90% of the story is moved forward in conversation, not exposition. ( )
  MelissaZD | Jan 1, 2014 |
How have I missed this before? Oh, they are all criminally out of print...
It's a 1970s California, but the hero's quips and intellectual jousting would be well at home in Dashiell Hammett's 1930s. And of course there is still police corruption and beautiful rich women are still seducing the tarnished hero. The difference is, that Fletch can wrangle more enjoyment out of life than his predecessors, and may even find a way out of Hotel California... ( )
  randoymwords | Sep 27, 2011 |
investigative reporter, drugs, murder, mystery ( )
  ssomme | Aug 21, 2009 |
The movie is MUCH better than this book. MUCH! ( )
  beebowallace | Dec 16, 2008 |
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To Susie, Judy and Lew Clapp
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"What's your name?"
"What's your name?"
"What's your full name?"
"Irwin. Irwin Fletcher. People call me Fletch."
"Irwin Fletcher, I have a proposition to make to you. I will give you a thousand dollars for just listening to it. If you decide to reject the proposition, you take the thousand dollars, go away, and never tell anyone we talked. Fair enough?"
"Is it criminal? I mean, what you want me to do?"
"Of course."
"Fair enough. For a thousand bucks I can listen. What do you want me to do?"
"I want you to murder me."...
Fletch said, "Sure."
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He’s an investigative reporter whose methods are a little unorthodox. Currently he’s living on the beach with the strung-out trying to find to the source of the drugs they live for.


He’s taking more than a little flack 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:27:15 -0400)

When a wealthy California industrialist tells apparent beach bum I.M. Fletcher that he wants to be murdered, the undercover journalist investigates the businessman's private life.

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