The comic genius behind the Fletch and Flynn books, Gregory Mcdonald also penned the two brilliant kidnapping novels appearing here for the first time in three decades - and the first time ever in a single volume. Two precocious eight-year-old boys...two teams of kidnappers, in way over their heads...two opportunities for mayhem, danger, and the trenchant social satire no crime writer has ever delivered like Mcdonald.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-12-19
- Reviewer: Staff
Kidnappings link two exceptional crime novels, Snatched and Safekeeping, by Mcdonald (19372008), best known for his Fletch and Flynn series. In Snatched, an incompetent thug named Spike seizes eight-year-old Toby Rinaldi, the precocious son of a foreign dignitary stationed in New York City. The folks funding Spike want to manipulate Tobys father into killing a U.N. resolution. In Safekeeping, an orphan of aristocratic heritage, eight-year-old Robby Burnes, travels during WWII from London to Manhattan, where hes placed in the care of cynical journalist Thadeus Lowry. While searching for his school one morning, Robby falls into the wrong hands. Both novels showcase Mcdonalds wit, but its the latter that really shows his versatility. Mcdonald gleefully mixes Dickensian characters and Charles Ledererstyle dialogue (Lowry explains that New York apartments are a few rooms for which pay endlessly, but never come to possess). This compendium volume will please fans and casual readers alike who want to see the range that Mcdonald was capable of beyond his most famous creations. (Feb.)