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by Gregory Mcdonald
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I'm glad I read it. This felt very similar to the film, though there were some changes. ( )
This was a pretty enjoyable read, and an interesting story. I don't believe I ever saw the movie, yet I still thought of Chevy Chase as Fletch - possibly partially due to the audiobook's narrator, Grover Gardner, who may have sounded a bit like him. Or, maybe that was just my imagination and it's because I knew Chevy Chase played the character. In any case, I can easily imagine Chevy Chase as Fletch, who is good at being a bit goofy while acting totally serious. He's very good at making up stories in order to get information, even to the point of making someone believe they knew each other, and remembering their time together even though they never met. He uses this talent successfully in his job as a reporter, and can get bits of information until he finally comes up with the whole story. In this book, it seems as if he might be the only one to know this story in its entirety.
It was an interesting story with lots of seemingly unrelated people and events that come together in the end.
Interesting, humorous mystery. Plot very similar to the movie version.
"Who does your hair?"
"What do you mean, 'no one'?"
"When it sticks out someplace, I chop it off."
"Delightful. You're darling."
Quick read, the majority of which is dialog. One can't help but add Chevy Chase's voice when reading - one of his few roles that can be described as superb. Even if you've seen the movie and ruined the mystery of who is distributing the drugs, Fletch's snarkiness, some details cut from the movie, and a very large deviation keep the story fresh.
Only one real major issue: There is a lot of retread. Fletch will sum up the entire affair in his tape recorder. Some of which are snarky comments, but mostly just a recap for those with short-term memory issues.
Minor issue: Since this book is mostly dialog, Fletch may very well switch locations or conversations without notice.
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Fletch Mysteries: Publication order (Book 1)
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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 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.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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