Playful, seductive, irresistible - this best-selling masterwork of fatal passion and greed introduces Lawrence Sanders's most wickedly charming sleuth. Meet Archy McNally, a freewheeling playboy who specializes is "discreet inquires" for the rich and not-so-discreet. Beneath the glaring sun of Palm Beach - and behind the lowest crimes of high society - McNally is paid to keep family skeletons in the closet. But when it comes to sex and scandal, McNally has a few secrets of his own....
©1992 The Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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"Forgettable? Yeah, Like A Savory Rich Desert!"
Probably next week Archy McNally's "Adventure of the Inverted Jennies" will flow completely out of my memory. So what? There are deserts that were so delightful I'll recommend them to everyone who asks. Deserts don't change lives. Don't direct or even inform them. But they can be delightful, huh?
That's what this craftily prepared story is… Archy lives in a note-perfect, imaginary culture that evokes Fred and Ginger twirling through platinum and crystal settings. Victor Bevine ices Sanders' cake thick with stylish characters who you'll see and hear and enjoy.
I'm off to download another order of Archy from the Lawrence Sanders' section of the Audio bookshelf. Dunno about you, but I may not remember the details of a perfect desert, yet when I see it on the menu, I'll order it quicker than the summer heat rises in posh Boca Raton.
One word for this book…. "Yummy!"
"Great McNally book; uninspiring performance"
The McNally series is always good for a nice entertaining adventure and this book offers a good story with the usual dose of McNally humor.
Unfortunately, the performance is really not good. To be fair to the narrator, there is nothing particularly wrong about his performance, but if you have listened to any of the McNally book narrated by Adam Henderson, you would this performance pales in comparison. While Adam Henderson brilliantly portrays the edgy character and witty humor, the performance in this book simply falls flat. I was very happy that Audible decided to produce the McNally series, since I have been unable to find many of the books in unabridged format, but I am very disappointed by the choice of narrator.
"Where is the sass?"
I loved reading the McNally books and was delighted to see them available on Audible. The story is still as good as ever, and Victor Bevine was great reader with one exception. That exception, alas, is Archie himself. He seems to deliver Archie's best lines as if he were reciting a mathematical formula. The sass, the flippancy is lacking. There were times I wanted to shout out, 'don't be so damn solemn'. I may try another to see if he changes his delivery any (and it may be the director's fault, not the reader) but I probably will not. Too bad. I enjoy the character very much, but not like this.
"Glad it was on sale..."
The one liners are creative, but I found I didn't care about any of the characters and ultimately the story line didn't engage me much either.
"I Love Archy"
I read this book many years ago. It was great fun to hear it again as an Audio book. Victor Bevine did a wonderful job telling Archy's story. This is a good introduction to Lawrence Sanders. He is one of my favorite story tellers.
"Great for the beach or a rainy afternoon."
Light hearted. Archie is flawed but humorous and dogged to get to the truth. It's just fun!!!
One of my favourite series. Author and narrator deliver a truly livable scamp in Archibald.
"Love Palm Beach!"
Easy listen with a few twists and turns. Takes the reader back in time. But where is the Pelican Club?
As the title describes, the story is interesting. It lacked the excitement for a 5 star rating. It was worth a listen.
"Story is cheesy, characters cheesier, I love it!"
Let's face it, Sanders is not Dickens or Follett or Vince Flynn. He's fun. The McNally series is just one of those books to grab when you want a complete and total escape. It moves well, it dances poignantly, and it leaves you with a constant smile.
I read the whole series in print, and in my mind, I had the voices and nuances. It took me a couple of chapters to get my mind in sync with Victor Bevine. By the time the book was finished, I thoroughly enjoyed his performance.
The McNally plots are almost always the same, but who cares. I'm going to download them all ... in fact I would have done so, but the 87th Precinct Series has just started to go audio. So many books, and only two ears.
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