The Gun Seller / Hugh Laurie

The Gun Seller

Hugh Laurie

יצא לאור ע"י הוצאת Mandarin Paperbacks, בשנת 1997, מכיל 368 עמודים, English Books » Fiction
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A spoof of the spy genre set in Britain features a drifter who orchestrates a magnificent caper involving the CIA, international terrorists, arms dealers, a high-speed chase on skis, and buxom, blonde beauties.
The irresistible tale of a former Scots Guard-turned-hired gun, a freelance soldier of fortune who also happens to be one heck of a nice guy. Cold-blooded murder just isn't Thomas Lang's cup of tea. Offered a bundle to assassinate an American industrialist, he opts to warn the intended victim instead-- a good deed that soon takes a bad turn. Quicker than he can down a shot of his favorite whiskey, Lang is bashing heads with a Buddha statue, matching wits with evil billionaires, and putting his life (among other things) in the hands of a bevy of femme fatales. Up against rogue CIA agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer looking to make a high-tech killing, Lang's out to save the leggy lady he has come to love... and prevent an international bloodbath to boot.

Industry reviews

"Hugh Laurie subverts the Bond genre with gleeful panache....The jokes are sharp, knowing and contemporary, and make one laugh out loud."
Times Literary Supplement

"Amiable and lively....It's certainly the first novel to combine 'The Day of the Jackal' with 'The Code of the Woosters.'"
Evening Standard (London)

"A terrific debut: So good I was putting it down all the time to make it last longer."
Daily Telegraph (London)

"If you can allow yourself one more 'light' book, just one, before the encroaching darkness of fall guilts you into re-reading 'Being and Nothingness', this has to be it. 'The Gun Seller' is fast, topical, wry, suspenseful, hilarious, witty, surprising, ridiculous and pretty wonderful. And you don't need a permit to buy it."
Washington Post Book World - Jay A. Fernandez (08/17/1997)

"Now Mr. Laurie has followed his fellow Cantabrigian into comic fiction with "The Gun Seller", the most engaging literary menage a genres since George Macdonald Fraser's Flashman arrived on the scene....As a writer, Mr. Laurie is smart, charming, warm, cool (if need be) and high-spirited.....This is a genuinely witty and sophisticated entertainment."
New York Times Book Review - Christopher Buckley (06/08/1997)


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