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Black Butterfly: A Secret Service Thriller epub ebook

by Mark Gatiss

Black Butterfly: A Secret Service Thriller epub ebook

Author: Mark Gatiss
Category: British & Irish
Language: English
Publisher: Scribner (February 10, 2009)
Pages: 204 pages
ISBN: 0743283988
ISBN13: 978-0743283984
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 957
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Mark Gatiss is currently adapting Lucifer Box into a primetime television series for the BB.

Mark Gatiss is currently adapting Lucifer Box into a primetime television series for the BBC. In addition to writing and producing, he is one of three actors who portray more than sixty characters in the UK’s award-winning show The League of Gentlemen. What a lush I am. I've been waiting and waiting for this, the third Lucifer Box book by the embarassingly talented Mark Gatiss, and wouldn't you know that instead of savoring it, I guzzled it down like a gin soaked rummy. Oh, well, as was the case with "The Vesuvius Club" and "The Devil in Amber," I'll just have to read this again (and again).

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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either a product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.

First published in Great Britain by Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, 2008. No reproduction without permission. This book is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual people living or dead, events or locales is entirely coincidental.

Автор: Gatiss Mark Название: Black Butterfly: A Secret Service Thriller Издательство . For, with Queen Elizabeth newly established on her throne, the now elderly secret agent is reaching the end of his scandalous career.

For, with Queen Elizabeth newly established on her throne, the now elderly secret agent is reaching the end of his scandalous career.

Black Butterfly is the third and final novel in Mark Gatiss' Lucifer Box trilogy, which deals with the exploits of a bisexual British detective and secret agent. The previous volumes were The Vesuvius Club and The Devil in Amber

Black Butterfly is the third and final novel in Mark Gatiss' Lucifer Box trilogy, which deals with the exploits of a bisexual British detective and secret agent. The previous volumes were The Vesuvius Club and The Devil in Amber.

Black Butterfly: A Secret Service Thriller (Paperback). Mark Gatiss (author). One last great hurrah for the legendary Lucifer Box as, true to form, he refuses to "go gentle into that good night". Paperback 224 Pages, Published: 01/02/2009.

Black Butterfly book.

Pills! Was this ‘Black Butterfly’? The gas-masked supervisor immediately threw up his hands in horror.

A man with a clipboard was supervising. As well as the regulation lab coat, he was sporting a kind of gas-mask, presumably as defence against whatever toxic substance was contained in the tanks. In the stark striplighting from the loading bay beyond, the eye-holes were a queasy green colour and the mask itself semi-transparent. Pills! Was this ‘Black Butterfly’? The gas-masked supervisor immediately threw up his hands in horror. He wrenched open the forklift’s cabin door and berated the driver in a stream of incomprehensible oaths.

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 façade of Imperial grandeur and divine aesthetes seethes an underworld of crazed anarchists, murder, and despicable vice, and Box is at home in both.

The third volume in the fabulous Lucifer Box trilogy features the same combination of rapier wit and bawdy behavior that makes lucifer "the most likeable scoundrel since flashman" (Jasper fforde, author of the Thursday Next series).Lucifer Box. He’s tall, he’s dark and, like the shark, he looks for trouble.Or so he wishes. For, with Queen Elizabeth newly established on her throne, the now elderly secret agent is reaching the end of his scandalous career. Despite his fast-approaching retirement, however, queer events leave Box unable to resist investigating one last case… Why have pillars of the Establishment started dying in bizarrely reckless accidents? Who are the deadly pay-masters of enigmatic assassin Kingdom Kum? And who or what is the mysterious Black Butterfly? From the seedy streets of Soho to the souks of Istanbul and the sun-drenched shores of Jamaica, Box must use his artistic license to kill and eventually confront an enemy with its roots in his own notorious past. Can Lucifer Box save the day before the dying of the light?
Reviews (4)
Goktilar
What a lush I am. I've been waiting and waiting for this, the third Lucifer Box book by the embarassingly talented Mark Gatiss, and wouldn't you know that instead of savoring it, I guzzled it down like a gin soaked rummy. Oh, well, as was the case with "The Vesuvius Club" and "The Devil in Amber," I'll just have to read this again (and again).

I want to write more. However, I don't want to spoil a single surprise or revelation. Lucifer Box is indeed back; older and wiser, and yet as randy as ever. Everything we've come to know and love about a "Box book" is here in spades: the adventures (amorous and otherwise), the indelible characters (outlandish names and all), the sex (Box is an equal opportunist in the bedroom, or the barroom, or the floorboards, or the alley...), the wit and the imagination. Whimsical, preposterous and compulsively readable; who could ask for anything more? Me. More. I want more Lucifer Box books.

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item as described good condition readable

Whiteflame
Suffice to say, if you enjoyed the other two Lucifer Box novels by Mark Gatiss, you'll be thrilled with this one too, the third (and final?) part of the so-called trilogy. Like other fans, I'm hoping the Gatiss hasn't fully retired Lucifer and that he'll be back for yet another wild and witty adventure. Even if you haven't read the other novels in this series, you'll still be delighted by this novel.

I like the line from one review, calling this "Cheeky, decadent fun from start to finish." Indeed, the wit and action never lets up. Bawdy, naughty, shocking, audacious, outrageous, and just plain hilarious. This is pure enjoyment. I can see where the style of writing might get on the nerves of the more serious crime fiction buffs out there, but if you have even a smidgen of a sense of humor, how can you not fall in love with the rapier wit of Lucifer Box? Truly, a classic character!

In this episode our hero is aging, old and grey and about to be farmed out into retirement, but he still has what it takes; a force be reckoned with in a fight or in a battle of wits. As another reviewer noted, good ole Lucifer is an equal opportunity participant when it comes to sex too. Oh, the scandal! I'm not enough of a James Bond novel buff to see the similarities in the opening chapter, as one reviewer pointed out, but I don't doubt the influence; it certainly reads like something 007 would be a part of.

I can't think of another crime fiction series that is so irreverent and fun. Naughty but nice! Check it out!

Uste
The insatiable Lucifer Box returns in the latest wild entry in this hilarious yet thrilling series. Here the author has Ian Fleming squarely in his satiric sites and the opening Bond parody is sensationally funny. The pace is breakneck and there are more laugh-out-loud moments as the case unfolds for our slightly long-in-the-tooth hero. If anything this book is too short and you may want more - I certainly hope this isn't the last in this unique series.

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