The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie

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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.

About Hugh Laurie

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HUGH LAURIE makes his living as a writer, actor, director and musician. The Golden Globe-winning star of House, M.D., is also well-known for his role in the comedy Blackadder and his iconic performance as Bertie Wooster in Jeeves and Wooster. SIMON PREBBLE, a British-born performer of considerable talent and experience, has built a successful career that spans the Atlantic. As a stage and television actor he has played in everything from soaps to Shakespeare, but it is as a veteran narrator of some 275 audio book titles that he has made his mark since coming to the U.S. in 1990. Audiofile magazine has named him a “Golden Voice” and in 2004 he was named “Narrator of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He lives with his wife in New York.
Published September 1, 2009 by Soho Press. 372 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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It's only the first act in a farcical series of adventures that will have Thomas changing his name and cover story more often than most readers change their bedclothes, as he careens from the American Embassy in London to a terrorist cell in Switzerland to a climactic bit of derring-do with a kil...

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In his debut as a thriller writer, the longstanding partner of British comedian Stephen Fry treats the genre of John Buchan, Eric Ambler and Frederick Forsythe with as much reverence as Douglas Adams'

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Entertainment Weekly

In The Gun Seller, Laurie gleefully shakes and stirs a cocktail of international terrorism, high-tech helicopters, devious arms dealers, Bond-caliber beauties, Swiss ski resorts, and British intelligence into a cool concoction that zips along, heralds a new hero for the Austin Powers spy set ...

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Blackmailed on several fronts, Lang is forced to be a bad guy, which he manages to do pretty well, but not without several layers of guilt weighing on his conscience and making him determined to find a way to flip the script on the guys holding the reins.

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Spinetingler Magazine

The Gun Seller is a spy novel that spoofs spy novels and also takes on the military-industrial complex.

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So strong is the association that I found myself picturing Laurie as Lang and felt that Laurie was almost writing an acting part he would love to play.

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Open Salon

“Darkly comic” sounds like a cliche that book reviewers toss around until it’s ceased to mean anything.

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