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Lawrence Sanders's latest Palm Beach thriller fairly sizzles with greed, glitz, gals, and gore. And it proves, once again, that Archy McNally is, as Cosmopolitan described him, "as amusing and rich as Dorothy Sayers' great creation, Lord Peter Wimsey".
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By Ted on 12-30-14
Archie McNally's A No Risk Choice: Again!
Victor Bevine's interpretation of Lawrence Sanders playboy detective is note perfect. Neither Sanders nor Bevine ever drop out of character. Good thing. Archie's one helluva character.
You will forget this plot faster than you'll hunger after a Chinese meal. And you'll enjoy it just as much. Archie exists to entertain in his time-warped way. Once again Sanders invents a drawing room mystery right out of the 1920s-30s with characters who act and talk as if rock and roll never happened. But they do it on cell phones and computers.
There's only one warning here... wait a while between McNally stories. They're a lot like way-rich deserts and you need recovery time. I'll get the next McNally, a few novels from now, maybe when I want a good listen on my way to Hilton Head this summer. Sander's has created the perfect companion for a long ride... his name's Archie McNally. And there's no risk in listening to Victor Bevine bring him to life.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Brad on 12-10-13
Fun, Light-Hearted Romp Among the Palm Beach Elite
This is a fun entry in the Archie McNally series set amongst the rich of Palm Beach and a fumbling detective (Archie). It has the whole cast of eccentric characters of this long-running series in rare form. Of course rich people don't work with the police (even if it's murder), so everyone has to play a detecting role. You need to suspend a fair amount of belief here. The McNally franchise blends a lot of comedy with a mystery motif. It is getting a little dated (the technology used by the characters in the book is now ancient); so think of it as a 1970's period piece. The comedy outweighs the plot; so jump in and enjoy something very unserious!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful