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Sarah Broadhurst's view...
Renowned children writer’s first adult novel and what fun he has had. A tasteless joke overheard in a pub sends our protagonist off in search of its origins. It is a crazy scenario, full of incident which suddenly changes gear and becomes a surreal tale, a thriller, a wacky caper. Interesting, clever, unusual and a little sinister.
Comparison: Ben Elton, Stephen Fry, Douglas Adams.
Similar this month: Jasper Fforde, Tom Sharpe.
Killing Joke by Anthony Horowitz
When Guy Fletcher protests at a feeble joke he overhears in his grotty local pub, he finds himself headbutted and struck by an idea in quick succession. Is it possible to trace a joke all the way back to its original source? Guy's meandering trail leads him to a humourless Hungarian dentist, a hyperactive troupe of Boy Scouts, a group of giggling grave-diggers and half a dozen undercover detectives. And there are some pretty odd things happening along the way. Guy is sure he's being followed by a sinister Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman. He has an unfortunate accident on a banana skin. And there's a fly in his soup. Guy is on the verge of discovering something very unpleasant. Making jokes is no laughing matter ...
'An entertaining read, cleverly plotted and joke-filled'
'The best (of comic writing out this summer) is The Killing Joke...Great fun'
'Horowitz's novel takes a simple 'what if' and allows the answer to unfold more or less logicaly, gathering laughs as it speeds away from reality'
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Publication date1st April 2005
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