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The Gun Seller (Paperback)

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I've wanted to read The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie for quite some time now, and finally I got around to it. What a hoot!

Former Scots Guard, Thomas Lang, is not a cold-blooded killer, and in fact when he's hired to kill an American industrialist, Lang goes to warn him. This takes a decidedly bad turn, resulting in a bashing with a Buddha, and leading to dicey deals made with various political organizations, crooked billionaires, international terrorists, and the occasional stunning femme fatale or two. Pretty much what you'd expect from a master of comic acting.

And The Gun Seller is funny, at times laugh-out-loud so. I'll grant you, there were times when I thought that perhaps Mr. Laurie was trying a bit too hard, but all in all, this is a great and fun diversion. You must appreciate British humor, and the story is somewhat dated since the book was published in 1996, pre-9/11 which factors into international travel. The Gun Seller has been likened to a combination of "Get Smart" and anything by Tom Clancy. It reminded me a lot of Donald Westlake's The Spy in the Ointment, which is one of my all-time favorite books. So if you're looking for something lighthearted but with great characters (I dearly love Solomon), non-stop action and an understated but still timely political and social message, this is the perfect book!

"Imagine that you have to break someone's arm. Right or left, it doesn't matter. The point is that you have to break it, because if you don't. . . .well, that doesn't matter either. Let's just say bad things will happen if you don't.

Now, my question goes like this: do you break the arm quickly -- snap, whoops, sorry, here let me help you with that improvised splint -- or do you drag the whole business out for a good eight minutes, every now and then increasing the pressure in the tiniest of increments, until the pain becomes pink and green and hot and cold and altogether howlingly unbearable?

Well exactly. Of course. The right thing to do, the only thing to do, is get it over with as quickly as possible. Break the arm, ply the brandy, be a good citizen. There can be no other answer.Unless.Unless unless unless.



Hugh Laurie concocts an uproarious cocktail of comic zingers and over-the-top action in this "ripping spoof of the spy genre" (Vanity Fair) -- 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 femmes 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.

About the Author

Hugh Laurie has cowritten two comedy series for BBC television, A Bit of Fry and Laurie. He has also acted in the television dramas Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster as well as in the feature films 101 Dalmatians, Sense and Sensibility, and Peter's Friends. He lives in London.

Praise For…

"A genuinely witty and sophisticated entertainment...fresh and winning."

"A first-rate thriller...an awesome entertainment machine...a smashing book."

"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...A delightful novel."

"[A] ripping spoof of the spy genre"

Product Details
ISBN: 9780671020828
ISBN-10: 067102082X
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication Date: October 1998
Pages: 368
Language: English