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“Mcdonald fans will . . . welcome it. . . . Graceful and diverting. . . . Mcdonald does what he does exceedingly well.” --The Washington Post Book World
"Gregory Mcdonald is one of the greats. . . . Flynn fans will adore this long-awaited book, and thoughtful mystery readers will appreciate Mcdonald's quirky take on the mystery genre." --Rocky Mountain News
“Amusing. . . . Vital and timely. . . . Highly satisfying.” --San Jose Mercury News
“Flynn’s repartee is state of the art: rangily allusive, deceptively gentle. And Mcdonald’s blend of parody, farce, and sentiment…is rich, yet spare, edgily appealing.” --Kirkus
“Two-time Edgar winner Mcdonald, best known for his Fletch capers, has created another complicated, crusty, engaging character. Fascinating.” —Booklist
"Shameless establishment bashing...appealingly fresh and impudent." --Time
“Gregory Mcdonald's a suspenseful writer who knows how to set a scene, develop a character, and draw out a mysterious situation.” —West Coast Review of Books
“Splendid entertainment . . . Mcdonald is one of the cleverest writers around.” —United Press International
"One of the smartest, gentlest, most sarcastic cops you will ever meet." —The New York Times
Posted December 9, 2008
Boston Police Inspector Francis X. Flynn uses his investigative work as a means to cover his espionage efforts. Currently most of his allies and comrades still in the cold believe he is dead, which is fine by Flynn, as he prefers the warm home life of raising five children with his poet wife. Still he has to take leaves of absence due to the deaths of his mother at least five times as he makes no real effort to conceal his extended times Someone much higher up in the hierarchy tells his superior to wink and blink in silence.<P> Currently, Flynn works several local cases simultaneously. His thirteen-year-old daughter wakes him up ¿in the middle of the night¿ to take him to a cemetery where her friend a high school wrestler has his ear nailed to a tree. His superiors want Flynn to investigate the harassment of a Harvard University professor. He personally looks into the arrest record of a cop who has an arrest record of 100% minorities and 0% whites.<P> Told tongue in cheek by the author of Fletch, Flynn is an interesting lead protagonist who allows nothing to get inside his stomach. The cases are weak as they never tax the hero¿s intelligence, but serve as irony, showing that even the great ones have to deal with the mundane (Jordan playing a full NBA regular season schedule each year before shining in the ¿second season¿). Though often amusing, in a world when homeland security trumps almost everything else, an underutilized espionage expert with police experience seems ironically wrong even for a satire.<P> Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2012
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