Synopses & Reviews
Cult classics in the UK since their first publication there in the 1970s, Kyril Bonfiglioli's wickedly fun mysteries featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and general knave-about-Piccadilly are favorites of Stephen Fry and Julian Barnes, among others.
Charlie's back in After You with the Pistol, along with his new bride, Joanna, and his thuggish manservant, Jock. He's also still drinking too much whiskey and anything else he can get his hands on which makes it all the more difficult to figure out what the beautiful and fabulously wealthy Joanna is up to when she tries to convince Charlie to kill the Queen. Suffice it to say, Joanna is not quite what she seems. Don't miss this brilliant mixture of comedy, crime, and suspense.
A cult classic in the UK, "After You with a Pistol" is a deliciously nasty, highly entertaining comic masterpiece featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai.
After You with the Pistol--the second Charlie Mortdecai novel by Kyril Bonfiglioli, soon to be a major film starring Johnny Depp
"Mr Mortdecai, why do you suppose I and my superiors have preserved you from death at very very great trouble and expense?" Charlie Mortdecai--degenerate aristocrat and victim of his own larceny and licentiousness--has no idea. Until it is made clear to him that he must marry the beautiful, sex-crazed and very, very rich Johanna Krampf. The fly in the ointment is that Johanna thinks nothing of involving poor Charlie in her life-threatening schemes such as monarch-assassination, heroin smuggling and--worst of all--survival training at a college for feminist spies. Perhaps, it's all in a good cause--if only Charlie can live long enough to find out.
About the Author
Kyril Bonifiglioli (1928-85) was an art dealer, accomplished fencer, a fair shot with most weapons, and a serial marrier of beautiful women. He claimed to be "abstemious in all things except drink, food, tobacco, and talking," and "loved and respected by all who knew him slightly."