Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Paperback Book

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Paperback

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Apparently not much; until Dirk Gently, self-styled private investigator, sets out to prove the fundamental interconnectedness of all things by solving a mysterious murder, assisting a mysterious professor, unravelling a mysterious mystery, and eating a lot of pizza - not to mention saving the entire human race from extinction along the way (at no extra charge).

To find out more, read this book (better still, buy it then read it) - or contact Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. 'A THUMPING GOOD DETECTIVE-GHOST-HORROR-WHO DUNNIT-TIME TRAVEL-ROMANTIC-MUSICAL-COMEDY-EPIC' - The author


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781447221098

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Recognise this?<I>In Xanadu did Kubla KhanA stately pleasure dome decree:Where Alph the sacred river, ranThrough caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea.</I>Or this?<I>Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs Upon the slimy sea</I>Well, any readers of [Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency] who are not familiar with either of the poems by Coleridge that those verses come from may struggle a little with the plot! Actually the more I think about it, even if you are familiar with those poems (which I was), and the significance of the 'man from Porlock' in the writing of Kubla Khan (which I also was) then you might struggle a little with the plot (which I did). But it's all good fun.Richard MacDuff ends a dinner engagement at his old Cambridge College, with the sinking realisation that he had also invited his long suffering girlfriend Susan Way, but forgotten to pick her up. And then he has compounded his guilt by inviting her for a romantic weekend away which he realises as soon as he puts the phone down is impossible due to the pressure of work being put on him by his boss (and Susan's brother) Gordon Way. But is climbing up to Susan's third floor flat via a rickety drainpipe (just to remove the message tape from her phone) really the work of a rationale man, and something that the normally sensible Richard would do? And why does Richard apparently see the irascible Gordon Way jump in front of his car when Gordon has seemingly been murdered hours earlier. A case that obviously calls for the talents of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective agency, run by Richard's old college friend Dirk Gently (or rather Svlad Cjelli as he was known before he was hauled off from the college in a police car and aquired the sort of notoriety which made changing his name a sensible option). A good read this, if one that is dated by the number of references to the technology of the 1980's when it was written.