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    Review of McNALLY'S ALIBI by Vincent Lardo


    G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2002

    When confidential investigator Archie McNally is hired to deliver a blackmail payment, he figures it is money in the bank. But Archie hadn't been counting on the knock on the back of his head, or on being identified as suspect number one in a murder. Somehow, though, Archie manages to find another client, develop a relationship with the police lieutenant assigned the case, and eat some marvelous sounding foods. As he investigates, though, he has to deal with three conspirators who are almost certainly lying--but whose lies just don't match.

    Fans of Archie McNally will be overjoyed to see him back in action. His off-again-on-again relationship with the beautiful Connie is more off than on in this novel and Archie continues to battle with the question of his single status. That Archie got a little bit back from his co-workers and friends kept McNally's Alibi from being as smug or superior as some other novels in this series.

    Author Vincent Lardo (see other reviews of novels by this author) delivers a fast-paced and enjoyable read. Archie's observations on the personalities of Palm Beach, Florida, the foibles of the rich, and Archie's own reasoning to wear another pink shirt add to the depth of the novel.

    Four Stars

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