Fletch Dies

Sarah Weinman reports the sad news that Gregory McDonald has passed away. His novels FLETCH, CONFESS, FLETCH and FLYNN, and his breezy way with dialogue, had a huge impact on me as a writer.  Back in the early 1980s, when I was a student at UCLA, I was lucky to be able to interview him twice for the UCLA Daily Bruin. You can read the interviews here.

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  1. Incredibly sad. This may not be a popular opinion, but I always felt the Flynn novels were underrated. Fletch was a great creation, but McDonald put so much charm and wit into the character of Flynn that I just absorbed the three Flynn novels he wrote. That said, while everyone knows he wrote great dialogue, I hope people remember what an ingenious plotter and just great storyteller McDonald was.

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  2. From the first time I read FLETCH, I always pictured Robert Culp in the part. That internal image has stayed with me ever since. But then, I always thought Culp in his prime would have been the perfect “Graham” in RED DRAGON….

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