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The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie

The Gun Seller (original 1996; edition 2004)

by Hugh Laurie

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Title:The Gun Seller
Authors:Hugh Laurie
Info:London, Arrow, 2004, c1997 c1996
Collections:Read, Read but unowned, Connectivity!
Tags:fiction, 20th century, author:British, humor, genre:thriller/suspense, genre:mystery, genre:espionage, favorite, library borrow, read:2013

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The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie (1996)

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I completely forgot that I read this until I was browsing around on here. I read it about 3 years ago, some of the details are a little fuzzy but I remember enjoying it quite a bit. ( )
  branimal | Apr 1, 2014 |
  ewillse | Mar 23, 2014 |
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
My brother's favourite book. ( )
  potterhead9.75 | Jan 5, 2014 |
As a work of humor, this book failed me. However, as an occasionally-funny thriller it succeeded.

Think Bourne Identity rather than Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and you won't be disappointed. On the positive side the plot made a few sharp and dramatic turns, and the author did a great job of ending chapters on notes that made me want to keep reading.

I also appreciated the way that the characters had realistic motivations without all being fundamentally terrible or wonderful people.

The book does show its age (from the rarity of cell phones and internet), but I think it still holds up quite well. ( )
  wishanem | Oct 16, 2013 |
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It's the highest compliment to say: Why on earth didn't anyone think of doing this before? What a great idea. . . This is a genuinely witty and sophisticated entertainment.

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Laurie, Hughprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Curtoni, VittorioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ziff, LloydCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Imagine that you have to break someone's arm.
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Thomas Lang, a drifter and former officer of the Scots Guards, is offered a contract to murder a wealthy London CEO. He decides to warn the victim instead of killing him. Unfortunately, Lang is thrown into a James bondish run for his life.
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Wodehousian spy
versus arms-dealing cartel
written by. . . Prince George?

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 067102082X, Paperback)

British actor and comedian Hugh Laurie's first book is a spot-on spy spoof about hapless ex-soldier Thomas Lang, who is drawn unwittingly and unwillingly into the center of a dangerous James Bond-like plot of international terrorists, arms dealing, high-tech weapons, and CIA spooks. You may recall having seen Laurie in the English television series Jeeves and Wooster; Laurie played Bertie Wooster, the clutzy hero of the P.G. Wodehouse comic novels that originated those characters. The lineage from Wodehouse's Wooster to Laurie's Lang is clear, and, if you like Wodehouse, you'll probably love The Gun Seller.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:50:33 -0400)

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Offered a large sum of money to perform an assassination, Thomas Lang chooses instead to warn the intended victim, only to find himself on the hit list and up against such adversaries as rogue CIA agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer.

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