Synopses & Reviews
When our hero finds himself in the path of a serial killer, he somehow manages to defend himself, and give the blood-thirsty madman a taste of his own medicine. But when he goes through the dead man's wallet, he finds a mysterious personal ad inviting him to join a party hosted by Errol Flynn. What begins with passing curiosity soon becomes uncontrollable obsession, as our hero becomes acquainted with 18 killers. Their game: to share the thrill of the hunt and to make sure no two members choose the same two victims. To protect their identities, they have all chosen names of old Hollywood stars, and before long, our hero becomes Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. But he has no intention of following the rules. With a government special agent on his trail who will soon become his partner in crim, "Dougie" plans to knock off the killers one by one, from Carole Lombard to Chuck Norris, to Laurence Olivier and Cher. But what happens when the "stars" notice their numbers dropping?
"British author Povey, who has written for such TV shows as the BBC's Eastenders, makes a real splash with his first novel, a darkly comic spoof of the serial killer genre. When the anonymous narrator, who combines a blithe Bertie Wooster like innocence with a psychopathic taste for slaughter, 'accidentally' kills a mass murderer, he assumes the man's identity. An odd set of personal advertisements lure the narrator to Chicago, where he encounters the club of the book's title. Since the club's members adopt the names of movie stars as aliases, he decides to become Douglas Fairbanks Jr. 'Doug' quickly moves from shock and fear to preying on his fellow club members, attracting the notice of a bizarre FBI agent, who offers to let him off the hook if he finishes off the rest of them. This satirical black comedy won't be to everyone's taste, but many will find it a refreshing change from the paint-by-the-numbers profiler vs. psychotic fiend offerings. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this fresh debut novel, a man infiltrates an exclusive club of serial killers that he must stop at any cost--even if it means losing membership privileges permanently.
About the Author
JEFF POVEY was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and returned to England to seek fame and fortune. After working at various ill-suited jobs, he turned to writing and has since turned out more than a hundred hours of mainly primetime television, and was a lead writer for the hit BBC TV show EastEnders. This is his first novel, but more wait patiently in the wings. Povey lives in England with his wife, four children, and his gambling habit.