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The Resource Snatch, by Gregory Mcdonald

Snatch, by Gregory Mcdonald

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Snatch
Title
Snatch
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by Gregory Mcdonald
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Language
eng
Summary
In the 1970s the son of a U.N. Ambassador is kidnapped on his way to a California amusement park; during World War II an orphaned son of British nobility is kidnapped off of the snowy streets of New York City
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  • /* Starred Review */ Kidnappings link two exceptional crime novels, Snatched and Safekeeping, by Mcdonald (1937–2008), best known for his Fletch and Flynn series. In Snatched, an incompetent thug named Spike seizes eight-year-old Toby Rinaldi, the precocious son of a foreign dignitary stationed in New York City. The folks funding Spike want to manipulate Toby’s father into killing a U.N. resolution. In Safekeeping, an orphan of aristocratic heritage, eight-year-old Robby Burnes, travels during WWII from London to Manhattan, where he’s placed in the care of cynical journalist Thadeus Lowry. While searching for his school one morning, Robby falls into the wrong hands. Both novels showcase Mcdonald’s wit, but it’s the latter that really shows his versatility. Mcdonald gleefully mixes Dickensian characters and Charles Lederer–style dialogue (Lowry explains that New York apartments are “a few rooms for which pay endlessly, but never come to possess”). This compendium volume will please fans and casual readers alike who want to see the range that Mcdonald was capable of beyond his most famous creations. (Feb.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 12/19/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 51, p)
  • A diplomat's son and a young member of the British nobility are kidnapped in capers that don't go as planned in this rerelease of two mysteries by the late Mcdonald.The books, originally published as Who Took Toby Rinaldi? (1978) and Safekeeping (1985), give evidence of being written under the influence of O. Henry's classic short story "The Ransom of Red Chief," in which a kidnap victim proves such a handful that the kidnappers negotiate with the parents to accept the return of their child. Neither of the kids in these books approaches that level of hellaciousness. In the first, renamed Snatched for this volume, the victim is the son of a British diplomat taken to prevent the passage of a controversial measure at the United Nations. In the second, a young British boy is evacuated to New York City during World War II and winds up in the clutches of an evil cop and his scheming wife. This book shows traces of wanting to be Oliver Twist, and while Oliver was a cipher, too, a cipher at the heart of a ribald comic caper is a vacuum. Neither of the stories really takes off, and neither of the boys comes to life. Each of them tends to get lost amid the competing plot shards. In Snatched, some of those shards involve moments when the boy is in real fear for his life, and the unpleasantness leeches out the disreputable fun the book is aiming for. Both of these complicated plots feel like rough drafts of the more polished entertainment they might have been.(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2017)
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10552866
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IHE
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1937-2008
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Mcdonald, Gregory
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Hard Case Crime book
Series volume
128
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Private investigators
  • Kidnapping
  • Fletch (Fictitious character)
Target audience
adult
Label
Snatch, by Gregory Mcdonald
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Publication
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Snatched (the first snatch) -- Safekeeping (the second snatch)
Control code
000059818807
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First Hard Case Crime edition.
Extent
446 pages
Isbn
9781785651823
Lccn
2017287485
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)970395976
Label
Snatch, by Gregory Mcdonald
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Snatched (the first snatch) -- Safekeeping (the second snatch)
Control code
000059818807
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First Hard Case Crime edition.
Extent
446 pages
Isbn
9781785651823
Lccn
2017287485
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)970395976

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