|Plot Summary of McNally's Chance|
Putnam, Jul 2001, 24.95, 320 pp.
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.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of McNally's Chance|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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