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McNally's Chance Book Review Summary

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Lawrence Sanders
Putnam, Jul 2001, 24.95, 320 pp.
ISBN: 0399147322

    In Florida, popular romance writer Sabrina Wright hires Palm Beach's private investigator Arch McNally to find her missing husband. The experienced Arch figures this to be a relatively easy case until he uncovers Sabrina's real agenda. Apparently her daughter Gillian recently learned that her mother's husband is not her biological father. Gillian seeks her “real” dad.

    When the news leaks out among the rich and richer, three males try to “hire” Arch to keep a lid on the story. Sabrina had affairs with all three at about the time she became pregnant and each one has since been paying under the table child support to keep the author quiet. Now that the story is becoming public, someone kills Arch's client. This leaves the sleuth to wonder how far an individual would go to keep a lid on the secret and will that include potentially murdering a detective who is close to figuring out the full truth.

    MCNALLY'S CHANCE is much more complicated than the above two paragraphs reveals or the confusing title that has Lawrence Sanders name in big print while crediting Lawrence Sanders in much smaller type. The story line is exciting due to Arch's demeanor as the convoluted case keeps him bewildered yet making progress even after the homicide of his client. This is a very strong private investigative tale featuuring an eccentric cast of characters.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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