'Fletch' Author Dead at 71

Boston Globe scribe succumbs after long cancer battle
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2008 11:01 AM CDT
In this 1985 file photo shows author Gregory McDonald. Mcdonald, whose best-selling "Fletch" mystery books also were made into films, has died, according to his manager.   (AP Photo/Warner Books,File)
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(Newser) – Novelist and ex-Boston Globe reporter Gregory Mcdonald is dead at 71, Variety reports, succumbing after a long battle with cancer. Mcdonald is best known for his best-selling Fletch mystery novels, which comprise 15 of his 26 books. Four of his books have been turned into movies, including Fletch, Fletch Lives, The Brave and Running Scared. A collection of his Globe writings is currently being reprinted.