McNally’s Luck

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • Archy McNally takes on a deceptively simple case of catnapping. Soon, the case of the missing Peaches—a foul-tempered, overweight Persian—morphs into the murder of a prominent Palm Beach woman.
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4 Responses to McNally’s Luck

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I see that you’re blowing your way through the McNally books, Mr. Kung. They must be decent enough. I’ll add one of those to the Raymond Chandler book I already have in hand and one of the Judge Dee novels I hope to read. Right now I’m 75% through the competently-written Where the Dead Lie by C.S. Harris. He (she) is like a slightly darker version of Dickens, at least regarding subject matter: the abuse and murder of London’s street waifs and such. According to this book, it used to be the practice in England to hang even children for thievery and to sentence the parents to “transportation” for various offenses and then quite literally just leaving the children to fend for themselves if there was no one to take them in. This book is but a stone’s throw from the Blake-and-Avery novel, “The Infidel Stain.”

    • Timothy Lane says:

      There are a number of other recent thriller series I can mention. David Baldacci has done several series as well as stand-along novels (one of which, Absolute Power, was made into a movie starring Clint Eastwood). Joel C. Rosnberg has at least two series involving Middle Eastern affairs and taking apocalyptic stands at times (in one case, quite literally, from Ezekiel). He’s also started another, in which the terrorists go after Jordan, a moderate Arab state due to the Hashemites — who could easily enough be removed through assassination (as happened many decades ago to one of them). James Patterson has many interesting series, usually co-authored with someone.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I just wish I could read as fast as Mr. Kung (and likely yourself). And I won’t use the lame excuse of “I’m slow but have better comprehension and retention.” Granted, my comprehension and retention are generally okay. But I have to be WAAAY more selective about books because I don’t read particularly fast.

        That’s what makes these book suggestions so valuable to me and others. I certainly got a lot of enjoyment out of your suggestion of the Thorndyke series. And Mr. Kung has turned me onto various good reads as well.

        I will therefore keep the Baldacci, Rosenberg, and Patterson series in mind.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      I am on the last chapter of the third McNally book, which is titled, “McNally’s Risk.” Once I finish, I will give a short critique’ of the series.

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