Synopses & Reviews
Cold-blooded murder just isnt Thomas Langs 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 femme fatales.
Up against rogue CIA agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer looking to make a high-tech killing, Langs out to save the leggy lady he has come to love . . . and prevent an international bloodbath to boot.
"In this audio edition of Laurie's comic thriller, narrator Simon Prebble proves a natural at conveying the witty banter supplied by the book's protagonist, soldier of fortune Thomas Lang. Tasked with killing an American industrialist, Lang instead warns the target a decision that draws him into a convoluted web of international intrigue. As Lang finds himself in one unlikely tight spot after another, Prebble deftly portrays the character's devilish charm. Prebble also shines as Sarah Woolf, the American femme fatale at the book's center, his voice oozing with cool glamour. Some listeners may have difficulty keeping up with the twisting plot and shifting players. But like a Hollywood spy movie, this production delivers a rollicking ride, even if the audience may not register the details of every twist and turn. A Washington Square paperback." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Fast, topical, wry, suspenseful, hilarious, witty, surprising, ridiculous and pretty wonderful. And you don't need a permit to buy it.”
—The Washington Post Book World Vanity Fair
“A first-rate thriller . . . an awesome entertainment machine.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer AudioFile
“[A] ripping spoof of the spy genre.”
—Vanity Fair Audiobooks Today
“This espionage thriller-romp by the British actor who played Dr. Gregory House on TV deftly balances humor and suspense. Prebbles storytelling panache will have listeners chuckling on the edge of their seats.”
AudioFile Shelf Awareness
“With a delicious taste for dialogue, Laurie reveals the jet-fueled imagination that has propelled his inimitable interpretations of characters on television. For all fans of the offbeat.”
—Audiobooks Today Publishers Weekly
“A hilarious, bumbling caper that will have listeners driving an extra time around the block to hear just a little more.”
“Narrator Simon Prebble proves a natural at conveying the witty banter. . . . This production delivers a rollicking ride.”
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.
About the Author
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.