This hilarious dark-humored crime thriller features the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai, degenerate aristocrat and acknowledged coward. With his thuggish manservant Jock, he endures all manner of nastiness involving secret police, stolen paintings, and dead clients--all to make a dishonest living.
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Kyril Bonfiglioli was born on the south coast of England in 1928 of an English mother and Italo-Slovene father. After studying at Oxford and five years in the army, he took up a career as an art dealer, like his eccentric creation Charlie Mortdecai. He lived in Oxford, Lancashire, Ireland and Jersey, where he died in 1985. He wrote the three Mortdecai novels, a fourth historical Mortdecai novel (about a distinguished ancestor), and left a fifth unpublished at his death - later completed by Craig Brown under the title The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery. All are published by Penguin.From AudioFile:
Charlie Mordecai, a "degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and acknowledged coward," is our protagonist in this comic British crime series from the 1970s. In this one, Charlie encounters a stolen painting and takes a motor trip to New Mexico in a very special Rolls Royce. Mayhem, mischief, close calls, sex, food, and drink follow--something for everyone. The excellent Simon Prebble enjoys himself throughout as he mixes escapades with discussions of wine and fine cuisine. While his well-known range isn't really tested, he does get to entertain us with American English of the Southwest, a host of British accents, and the occasional French accent. The listener's attention will never wander. R.E.K. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1975. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140040757