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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (original 1987; edition 1988)

by Douglas Adams

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Title:Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
Authors:Douglas Adams
Info:Pan Books (1988), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 256 pages
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Tags:Sci-Fi, Comedy, Bit Weird

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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (1987)


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Strange book, some humour, well-written. Not to be taken too seriously - and probably important to be in the right sort of light mood before reading. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Not an easy book to describe. It involves several interrconnected plots including an electric monk who believes things for people, a computer programmer, a disgruntled former magazine publisher, a very old professor and eventually Dirk Gently. I found the book amusing but it took a logn time to get going. Once the pieces started fitting together it was enjoyable. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
Very funny in places with the ridiculousness of academia and the 'logical' conclusions of quantum physics. An enjoyable read but not as great as I remembered. ( )
  kale.dyer | Jan 9, 2016 |
On the whole, an entertaining book. Not outrageously funny - just the typical Douglas Adams dry, wry, humor. Mostly harmless. ( )
  jpporter | Dec 15, 2015 |
This was a very interesting book in the sense that most of what Adams wrote was often times very confusing. He interwove several conversations and scenes in a single chapter sometimes baffling me, but in the end it all made sense, I guess?

This was indeed a stark difference from his Hitchhiker work but a keen eye could clearly tell who penned it. Dirk is indeed an extension of Ford Prefect at least in my opinion by the way he carries himself, his arrogant brash attitude and know-it-all antics. I can see myself finishing the Dirk Gently books, albeit their weird and confusing plots, I eagerly look forward to the next 2 volumes. ( )
  Joseph_Stelmaszek | Nov 29, 2015 |
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Adams, Douglasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, Douglas NoëlNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jeans, LionelCover illustrationsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pekkanen, HilkkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Wikipedia description: Dirk bills himself as a "holistic detective" who makes use of "the fundamental interconnectedness of all things" to solve the whole crime, and find the whole person. This involves running up large expense accounts and then claiming that every item (such as needing to go to a tropical beach in the Bahamas for three weeks) was, due to the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things", actually a vital part of the investigation. Challenged on this point in the first novel, he claims that he cannot in fairness be considered to have ripped anybody off, because none of his clients have paid him yet. He maintains an office at 33a Peckender St. N1 London, with telephone number 01-354 9112 (407-2882 in the advertising campaign for the book).
Gently has an odd facility for accurate assumptions, as every wild guess he makes turns out to be true. Once a student at St. Cedd's College, Cambridge, he left in disgrace when he attempted to acquire money by selling exam papers for the upcoming tests. His fellow students were convinced that he had produced the papers under hypnosis—in reality, he had simply studied previous papers and determined potential patterns in the questions. However when his papers turned out to be exactly the same as the real papers, to the very comma, he was arrested and sent to prison.
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Dirk Gently says: "All
Things are fundamentally
Your usual, run-
Of-the-mill detective-time
Travel-ghost story.

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The investigations of Dirk Gently, a private detective who is more interested in telekinesis, quantum mechanics and lunch than fiddling around with fingerprint powders, produce startling and unexpected results.

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