The Killing Joke
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...
- Paperback | 384 pages
- 126 x 196 x 26mm | 258.55g
- 01 Apr 2006
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
'Only good writers can get away with stating the obvious, and Anthony Horowitz doesn't shy away from slippery banana skins or fly-in-the-soup gags...' TIMES 'This is The Avengers on acid, a wonderful barrage of literalised jokes and surreal situations that defy logic while being, somehow, entirely credible. Horowitz is a born storyteller, and there are some fantastically staged sequences that leave you laughing out loud... THE KILLING JOKE is not only the funniest book I have read this year, it's also the most original. CRIME TIME 'The move from humour to sinister goings-on is gripping in its originality, and is sure to place the book at the top of the year's black-comedy-thrillers.' COVENTRY EVENING TELEGRAPH 'A novel which amuses and excites throughout - with a great twist in the tail' BIRMINGHAM EVENING MAIL 'An usual tale of wit and originality but spiced with sinister and unforeseen happenings.' BRADFORD TELEGRAPH & ARGUS 'It starts in a world of reason and normality, but draws the reader helter-skelter into an increasingly mad, mad world' -- Ian Morson TANGLED WEB 'Horowitz has crafted an excellent comic thriller which is a real delight to read. And it'll make you chuckle.' -- Cath Staincliffe TANGLED WEB
About Anthony Horowitz
Anthony Horowitz is a TV screenwriter, with credits including the BAFTA-winning 'Foyle's War', 'Midsomer Murders' and 'Poirot'. He is also the author of a string of bestselling children's books, including the Alex Rider series. He lives in London.