The Vesuvius Club
Lucifer Box is the darling of the Edwardian belle monde: portrait painter, wit, dandy and rake - the guest all hostesses must have. And most do. But few of his connections or conquests know that Lucifer Box is also His Majesty's most daring secret agent, at home in both London's Imperial... show more
Lucifer Box is the darling of the Edwardian belle monde: portrait painter, wit, dandy and rake - the guest all hostesses must have. And most do.
But few of his connections or conquests know that Lucifer Box is also His Majesty's most daring secret agent, at home in both London's Imperial grandeur and the underworld of crazed vice that seethes beneath.
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 (somebody has to live there), to the seediest stews in Naples, in search of the mighty secret society that may hold the fate of the world in its claw-like hands - the Vesuvius Club.
źródło opisu: Simon & Schuster UK
źródło okładki: books.simonandschuster.co.uk
Publish date: lipiec 2005 (data przybliżona)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
There are parts of this book that I read with a permanent wince. Some of the character names are positively painful - Miss Bella Pok, Mrs Midsummer Knight. It tries to hard to be clever and descends in the realm of silliness. It had a spark of something interesting, but then the crap got in the w...
I had noticed that my recent reading list had been what you might call melancholy so when I saw that Mark Gatiss had written a book I knew it might be a cure for melancholia. I was a fan of his League of Gentlemen skits and also of his writing for the newer Sherlock series. I also love satire and dr...
Yes, paperback. Fuck you popularity and your pre-concieved notion of what I should like.
With some nods to some of the genre formulas in the Gentleman Adventurer, but in this case bringing the homosexual/bisexual subtext into some detail. This is Edwardian adventuring for the 21st Century and I don't know that it hasn't lost a certain amount in the transition. Lucifer Box lives in 9 Dow...