Sunday, March 11, 2007

The Gunseller -- Hugh Laurie

I don't watch House very often, but I do know that Hugh Laurie's the star. He's also a darned good writer if The Gunseller is any evidence. It's fast-moving, funny, and thoroughly entertaining.

The narrator is Thomas Lang, and when he's asked to kill an American millionaire, he refuses the job and informs the man of the plot against him. No good deed goes unpunished, and before Lang is absorbing more punishment than you'd think possible. He even lands in the hospital a couple of times, though his ability to recover rivals that of the immortal cheerleader on
Heroes. He also finds himself at the center of a highly convoluted plot that I won't even try to summarize here. Let's just say that things blow up real good, that people are shot (or not), and that hardly anyone is what he (or she) appears to be.

This is great fun all the way through, and be sure to turn the next-to-last page for the final two-line kicker, which is fully in keeping with the cynicism of the rest of the novel.


Jeff Meyerson said...

Hey, didn't I tell you to read it?

The guy can act, he can play pretty good piano, and he can write damn well.

Life isn't fair.

Bill Crider said...

I remember that you mentioned it in your zine. You were right.

Gerard said...

I read this when it came out in '97, or whenever, and I was suitably impressed.

I read that Laurie has another novel set for publication this summer or fall.

Bill Crider said...

That's good news, Gerard.

Euro Crime said...

The Paper Soldier is due out in the UK in September. No synopsis on yet. House returns to the UK very soon!

Karin M said...

Hugh Laurie's best friend Stephen Fry writes extremely well, too. Try The Stars' Tennis Balls for a kind-of spy thriller with a lot of very dark humour.