English Book Collectors: William Younger Fletcher
In Fletch´s Moxie, the prolific Gregory Mcdonald tests his incomparable investigative journalist once again with a caper that is as perfectly plotted as Fletch is brilliant. It seems just about everyone in Hollywood had a reason to want Steve Peterman dead. But how someone managed to put a knife in his back on a live broadcast without being seen is anyone´s guess. Unfortunately for Fletch, his girlfriend, Moxie Mooney, a huge star at the box office, is also the number-one suspect. With the police asking way too many questions, Fletch whisks Moxie and her drunken father off to Key West for a little privacy. But before he can even check out the beach, the rest of the suspects decide to check in. Now, in a house full of Hollywood´s elite, Fletch is increasingly amazed at how ruthless the movie business can be. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan John Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011918/bk_blak_011918_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jacob Fletcher is unsure of his parentage, but he does know that, as an apprentice, he couldn´t legally be seized by the press gang. This particular gang, however, doesn´t abide by the law.Fletcher finds himself risking life, limb, and sea sickness to save his fortune now at risk of being lost to his evil step-mother and loathsome half-brothers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joseph Lindoe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/151324/bk_acx0_151324_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born on October 21st, 1772 in Ottery St Mary, Devon, England. As a young child he was an early and devoted reader, having no time for play or sports. After his father died in 1781, 8-year-old Samuel was sent to Christ´s Hospital, a charity school founded in the 16th century in Greyfriars, London, where he remained throughout childhood, studying and writing poetry. From 1791 Coleridge attended Jesus College, Cambridge and in 1792, he won the Browne Gold Medal for an ode on the slave trade. In December 1793, he left the college to enlist in the Royal Dragoons using the name ´´Silas Tomkyn Comberbache´´. His brothers arranged for his discharge a few months later under the reason of ´´insanity´´ and he was readmitted to Jesus College, though never to receive a degree. At the university, he was introduced to political and theological ideas including those of the poet Robert Southey. In 1795, the two friends married sisters Sarah and Edith Fricker, Bristol, but Coleridge´s marriage with Sarah proved unhappy. He grew to detest his wife. The years 1797 and 1798, during which he lived in what is now known as Coleridge Cottage, in Nether Stowey, Somerset, were among the most fruitful of Coleridge´s life. Besides the ´Rime of The Ancient Mariner´, he composed the symbolic poem ´Kubla Khan´, written-Coleridge himself claimed-as a result of an opium dream, in ´´a kind of a reverie´´; and the first part of the narrative poem ´Christabel´ well as his much-praised ´´conversation´´ poems ´This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison´, ´Frost at Midnight´, and ´The Nightingale´. In 1798, Coleridge and his friend William Wordsworth published a joint volume of poetry, ´Lyrical Ballads´, which proved to be the starting point for the English romantic age. In the autumn of 1798, Coleridge and Wordsworth left for a stay in Germany; Coleridge soon went his own way and spent much of his time in university towns developing an interest in German philosophy, especially that of Immanuel Kant, and the literary criticism of the 18th century dramatist Gotthold Lessing. Between 1810 and 1820, this ´´giant among dwarfs´´, as he was often considered by his contemporaries, gave a series of lectures in London and Bristol. Coleridge´s ill-health, opium-addiction problems, and somewhat unstable personality meant that all his lectures were plagued with problems of delays and a general irregularity of quality from one lecture to the next. Furthermore, Coleridge´s mind was extremely dynamic and his personality was spasmodic. Coleridge often failed to prepare anything but the loosest set of notes for his lectures and regularly entered into extremely long digressions which his audiences found difficult to follow. However, the lecture on Hamlet given on 2nd January 1812 was considered the best and has influenced Hamlet studies ever since. In August 1814, Coleridge was approached by Lord Byron´s publisher about the possibility of translating Goethe´s classic Faust (1808). Coleridge was regarded by many as the greatest living writer on the demonic and he accepted the commission, only to abandon work on it after six weeks. Some say it was published anonymously in 1821. In 1817, Coleridge, with his addiction worsening, his spirits depressed, and his family alienated, took residence in the Highgate home of the physician James Gillman. Gillman was partially successful in controlling the poet´s addiction. Coleridge remained there for the rest of his life, and the house became a place of literary pilgrimage. He composed much poetry here and had many inspirations - a few of them from opium overdose. It is unclear whether his growing use of opium (and the brandy in which it was dissolved) was a symptom or a cause of his growing depression. Samuel Taylor Coleridge died in Highgate, London on 25th July 1834 as a result of heart failure compounded by an unknown lung disorder, possibly linked to his use of opium.
After a few delays and without the benefit of a rehearsal, it looks like Fletch is finally getting hitched. It´s a small affair - just a few friends, the bride´s parents, the groom´s mother, and, just maybe, his father. Except Fletch´s father is supposed to be dead.But somebody delivered the letter, signed ´´Fletch Senior´´ and containing an invitation (and a pair of plane tickets) to visit the old man in Nairobi for the honeymoon. Never mind Fletch and his bride were planning a ski trip to Colorado.No sooner does the couple land in Africa then the search for Fletch´s father begins. There´s a murder at the airport, reports of the old man´s incarceration, and the hospitality (and evasiveness) offered by Pop´s best friend, who flies them across the continent, just a step or two behind - or maybe ahead of - the old rascal. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan John Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011944/bk_blak_011944_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As a fledgling reporter, Fletch is doing more flailing than anything else. That and floating around from department to department trying to figure out where he fits. His managing editor´s got him pegged for the society pages, but the kind of society Fletch gets involved with is anything but polite.His first big interview, a millionaire lawyer with a crooked streak and an itch to give away some of his ill-gotten gains, ends up dead in the News-Tribune´s parking lot before Fletch can ask question number one. So Fletch goes after the murderer instead and ends up learning a thing or two about crime and punishment.At the same time, he´s supposed to be covering (or maybe uncovering) a health spa that caters to all its clients´ needs and gets hired as a very personal trainer. Never mind that he´s supposed to be getting married at the end of the week; Fletch has a few other engagements to take care of first. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan John Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011943/bk_blak_011943_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fletch´s trip to Brazil wasn´t exactly planned. But it´s Carnival time in Rio, and he has plenty of money, thanks to a little arrangement he made stateside. It took him no time to hook up with the luscious Laura Soares. Fletch is beginning to relax, just a little.But between the American widow who seems to be following Fletch and the Brazilian widow who´s fingered Fletch as her long-dead husband, he suddenly doesn´t have much time to enjoy the present or even get a wink of sleep.A 30-year-old unsolved murder, a more recent suicide, an inconvenient heart attack - somehow Fletch is connected to all of them, and one of those connections might just shorten his own life. From Rio to Bahia and back again at the height of Carnival, Fletch has to keep moving or get stopped cold. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan John Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011937/bk_blak_011937_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Confess, FletchThe flight from Rome had been pleasant enough, even if the business he was on wasn´t exactly. His Italian fiancee´s father had been kidnapped and presumably murdered, and Fletch is on the trail of a stolen art collection that is her only patrimony. But when he arrives in his apartment to find a dead body, things start to get complicated.Confess, FletchInspector Flynn found him a little glib for someone who seemed to be the only likely suspect in a pretty clear case of homicide. He wasn´t exactly uncooperative, but it wasn´t like he was entirely forthcoming either. And Flynn wasn´t entirely convinced that the 19th-century Western artist Edgar Arthur Tharp really occupied most of Fletch´s thoughts.Confess, FletchWith the police on his tail and a few other things to do beside prove his own innocence, Fletch makes himself at home in Boston, renting a van, painting it black, and breaking into a private art gallery - that is, when he´s not ´´entertaining´´ his future mother-in-law and visiting with the good Inspector Flynn and his family. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan John Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011632/bk_blak_011632_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A girl jumped off the motel´s roof. Five minutes ago.´´Give it to me straight. Does the girl have anything to do with us? I mean, with the campaign? The presidential candidate?´´It´s your job, Fletch, to make damned sure she didn´t.When Fletch arrives as the new press representative for Governor Caxton Wheeler´s presidential campaign, he isn´t sure which mystery to solve first - what his new job actually is, or why the campaign has been leaving dead women in its tracks.He finds himself on the other side of the press, a human shield, deflecting the same questions he is asking himself. Are the murders just coincidence, or is a coldhearted killer looking for a job in the White House?When the campaign shifts into high gear, Fletch´s skills are working overtime in a desperate bid of his own to find the killer and to make sure the governor doesn´t lose any more votes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan John Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/011922/bk_blak_011922_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.