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The Vesuvius Club

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You may know the author’s name as one of the writers and stars of The League of Gentlemen or from his Dr Who novels, now know him as the creator of an Edwardian 007 spoof character, a secret agent, dandy, bi-sexual rake – he’s great – this is such fun. From Gentlemen’s Clubs to Italian decadence, Lucifer Box follows a trail of mystery and chaos, betrayal and desire, into the heart of Vesuvius. It really is the most outrageous stuff. Highly recommended, it’s brilliant, provided you are not offended.

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The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss

Lucifer Box is the darling of the Edwardian belle monde - society's most fashionable portrait painter is a wit, a dandy, a rake, the guest all hostesses (and not a few hosts) must have.

But few know that Lucifer Box is also His Majesty's most accomplished and daring secret agent. Beneath London's facade of Imperial grandeur and divine aesthetes seethes an underworld of crazed anarchists, murder, and despicable vice, and Box is at home in both.

And so of course when Britain's most prominent scientists begin turning up dead, there is only one man his country can turn to.

Lucifer Box ruthlessly deduces and seduces his way from his elegant townhouse at Number 9 Downing Street (all his father left him), to private stews of London and the seediest, most colourful back alleys of Italy, in search of the mighty secret society that may hold the fate of the world in its claw-like hands - the Vesuvius Club.

About the Author

Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss is the author of several successful Dr Who novels. He is perhaps best known as one of the creators, writers and stars of the hit BBC television programme, THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN.

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Publication date

4th July 2005


Mark Gatiss

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Simon & Schuster Ltd


256 pages


Thriller / Suspense
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