When word processors began to replace typewriters on Madison Avenue, Lardo began moonlighting as a budding novelist. His first effort, CHINA HOUSE, was published by Alyson of Boston and did well enough for Alyson to publish his next novel, THE PRINCE AND THE PRETENDER. A third for Alyson, THE MASK OF NARCISSUS, introduced Mike Manning, investigative reporter, and was the most popular in the Alyson series.
A play, ALL ABOUT STEVE, was published by Dialogus and had several readings in New York.
After three novels, Lardo turned from part time to full time novelist and left his native New York City to live permanently in his beach house in Amagansett. This resulted in his first ‘Hampton’ mystery, THE HAMPTON AFFAIR, published by Putnam. It was well received by both reviewers and readers, sparking his second ‘Hampton’ mystery, THE HAMPTON CONNECTION.
At this time Lardo’s editor at Putnam noted a similarity between Lardo’s droll humor and acerbic wit and that of the late best selling author Lawrence Sanders. Looking for a writer to continue Sander’s popular Archy McNally series, Putnam contracted Lardo as Sanders’ successor. McNALLY’s DILEMMA, Lardo’s first in the series, was an instant best seller and Lardo and Archy were off and running. Five more McNally’s followed: McNALLY’s FOLLY, McNALLY’s CHANCE, McNALLY’s ALIBI, McNALLY’s DARE and McNALLY’S BLUFF. All were NY Times Best Sellers.
What’s next for Vincent Lardo? Another McNally? Another Hampton mystery? A Mike Manning revival? A return to the stage? Stay tuned and be the first to know.