Mcdonald was a guest at the first Bouchercon I attended in Washington, D. C., back in 1980. The first two Fletch books had a big impact on me. I'd never read anything quite like them. I thought the later novels in the series not as good, but that might have been just me. I also liked the Flynn novels that came a long a bit later, as well as a couple of others. I'm sorry to hear that Mcdonald is gone.