Skylar (Skylar Series #1)

Skylar (Skylar Series #1)

by Gregory Mcdonald, Gregory McDonald
     
 

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Everyone loves Skylar Whitfield, Greendown County's winsome charmer. He has innate sexiness that makes women smile. But he doesn't make his cousin Jonathan smile. Jonathan's a Harvard preppy gracing the South for the first time and he has a hard time with Skylar's penchant for hot summer nights, long-legged women and southern masculinity. Skylar has an equal

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Everyone loves Skylar Whitfield, Greendown County's winsome charmer. He has innate sexiness that makes women smile. But he doesn't make his cousin Jonathan smile. Jonathan's a Harvard preppy gracing the South for the first time and he has a hard time with Skylar's penchant for hot summer nights, long-legged women and southern masculinity. Skylar has an equal distaste for Jonathan's presumptions, snobbery and northern propriety.

When the county beauty queen, Mary Lou Simes, is found beaten to death with Skylar's pocket knife nearby, Skylar must put his sex-filled mind and incorrigible love of the good life on hold. To find the murderer, he'll have to outwit the dimwitted police - and drag Jonathan along with him.

Gregory Mcdonald heaps this rollicking series debut with enough enchantment and eros to make a naughty girl blush. Uproariously funny, Skylar is fresh, quirky, and so delicately crafted that it is at once painfully suspenseful and sweetly moving.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sneaky guile, chronic cuteness and aw-shucks Southern charm meld in this series launch from the creator of the much admired Fletch stories. Skylar Whitfield of Greendowns County, probably in Tennessee, is college-age (but not college-bound), aimless and catnip to the local women. He's also Sheriff Pepp's prime suspect when beauty queen Mary Lou Simes is battered to death. The kills keep a-comin' to the Simes clan, and Skylar can't muster a good alibi, although you have to admire a guy who breaks out of jail to go to church and continue his unstinting commitment to the pleasuring of nubile women. McDonald produces endlessly entertaining dialogue, especially between Skylar and his hidebound Yankee cousin Jonathan, visiting from Boston; ``Jon Than'' hates Skylar's guts, but he's the one who unearths the true renaissance man beneath Skylar's heart-melting smile and doubtful grammar. McDonald saddles the poor sheriff with the meanest wife on God's earth and nearly ruins his story with a late copycat death that won't fool many. This book has already been optioned for film (by Sandollar). (July)
Denise Perry Donavin
The author of the colorful, provocative Fletch novels has created a new character, filled with zest and charm. Skylar Whitfield is too learned and talented a young man to stay on the family farm in Greendowns County, but he is not a southern country boy looking for a way to leave home. When his cousin from the North comes for a visit (to recover from mono and convince his cousin of the wonders of collegiate life), Skylar seemingly rejects his inducements in favor of the pleasures of home. At any rate, before he can go anywhere he is clapped into jail for the murder of a childhood friend. Before long, Skylar realizes that he must discover who the real villain is, because the sheriff is far too distracted with his marital problems. A wickedly humorous whodunit with a style all Mcdonald's own.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380725243
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Series:
Skylar Series, #1
Pages:
10
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.82(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Edgar-winner author of the "acidly funny novels starring the subversive sleuth" known as Fletch and former Boston Globe reporter Gregory Mcdonald, 71, died of prostate cancer in 2008.

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