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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 (Author) (1987)

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  PhotoS | Feb 17, 2014 |
Typical Douglas Adams, and quite enjoyable if you like that kind of thing. Makes academia seem a lot more pleasant than it really is. The Electric Monk is an obvious, but solid hit, at religious belief. ( )
  themulhern | Jan 16, 2014 |
Gentle fun with the author of "Hitch Hiker's Guide". This is more cerebral stuff, and calming, rather than frantic pace of the earlier cycle. Think of your furniture: it may explain the universe in a more useful way!
Read it twice. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Nov 11, 2013 |
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is first novel in the Dirk Gently series by author Douglas Adams. Richard Macduff's boss is shot through the chest while he has parked his car. The police initially suspect Richard as the killer so he hires Dirk to find out the truth.

Most people will be more familiar with Adam's famous work the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Adam's was first and foremost a science fiction writer and this book is more a science fiction novelRead the full review here ( )
  thecrimescene | Sep 30, 2013 |
the same exact type of humor found in the Hitchhikers' books. So I liked this. Your mileage might vary though, depending on your frame of mind. I recommend either being stupid tired or almost drunk to truly appreciate the comedy contained in this novel. ( )
  Bookstooge | Sep 26, 2013 |
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Adams, DouglasAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, Douglas NoëlNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jeans, LionelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pekkanen, HilkkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This time there would be no witnesses.
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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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