Bobbs-Merrill: New York, 1974. First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Gregory McDonald on the title page and Chevy Chase, who played Irwin M. Fletcher in the movie Fletch. Some spotting to the page edges, in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. The novel introduces I. M. Fletcher, a journalist and ex-marine staying on a beach watching the drug culture for a story, waiting to find the dealer's source before publishing an expose. It went on to win the 1975 Edgar Allan Poe Award, for Best First Novel, from the Mystery Writers of America. It is the basis for the 1985 film bearing the same name, starring Chevy Chase. Fletch fared well from critics and performed well at the box office. It has since developed a cult following and was followed by a 1989 sequel, Fletch Lives. A prequel, Fletch Won, has been in development for over two decades. (Inventory #: 19002)
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