The creator of Fletch has died at age 71. Fletch was the first mystery novel I read for pleasure. Fast-paced and full of wit and substance, it started a run of more than fifteen years during which I've read mysteries almost exclusively, during which only a handful have spoken to me as clearly and immediately as Fletch.
I will miss Mcdonald, yet in a sense I never will. His style is so much what I look for in other writing and my own.