It's hard to beat Lawrence Sanders' wily and witty Archy McNally series. The not-quite-respectable son of one of Palm Beach's richer families, Archy (who didn't make it through Yale) squeaked into the family law firm as a discreet inquirer. (That's a private investigator who makes sure the firm's wealthy clients don't get their dirty laundry aired in public.) This time, Archy helps out ultra-rich Malcom MacNiff after a waiter has the poor taste to be murdered at a benefit organized by McNiff.
When Archy isn't coming up with sound bites for MacNiff to feed the press, he's sifting through the guest list and questioning the hired help...and he soon starts wondering why the name of Lance Talbot keeps popping up. Talbot is new in town -- recently arrived from Switzerland to claim his late grandmother's fortune. Archy doesn't know much about this nouveau millionaire, and he's determined to change that. Since Talbot is keeping company with a much older (though still alluring) lady, checking him out includes looking into that relationship as well.
Tracking down the truth about this enigmatic pair is interfering with Archy's social life. But if Lance is an imposter, it's Archy's job to discover that…and find a way to close this case without ending up on "Life Styles of the Rich and Dead." Talented mystery writer Vincent Lardo takes the engaging character invented by Lawrence Sanders on a tongue-in-cheek tour of Palm Beach high society, where money doesn't just talk -- sometimes it kills. (Barnes & Noble Review)
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