Funnier than Psycho...more chilling than Jeeves Takes Charge...shorter than War and Peace...The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. When a passenger check-in desk at Terminal Two, Heathrow Airport, shot up through the roof engulfed in a ball of orange flame, the usual people tried to claim responsibility. First the IRA, then the PLO and the Gas Board. ...
Funnier than Psycho...more chilling than Jeeves Takes Charge...shorter than War and Peace...The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. When a passenger check-in desk at Terminal Two, Heathrow Airport, shot up through the roof engulfed in a ball of orange flame, the usual people tried to claim responsibility. First the IRA, then the PLO and the Gas Board. Even British Nuclear Fuels rushed out a statement to the effect that the situation was completely under control, that it was a one in a million chance, that there was hardly any radioactive leakage at all and that the site of the explosion would make a nice location for a day out with the kids and a picnic, before finally having to admit that it wasn't actually anything to do with them at all. No rational cause could be found for the explosion - it was simply designated an act of God. But, thinks Dirk Gently, which God? And why? What God would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15:37 to Oslo?
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I had the feeling the whole time reading this book that there would not be enough pages to wrap up it's amazingly complex plot! Yet, as outrageous and complicated as the story sometimes got, I was always grounded by the well developed and believable characters, particularly Dirk Gently. As a huge fan of both detective novels and comedy, I found this book to be a very clever combination of the crime novel form and brilliantly satirical wit which resulted in a refreshing new approach to the genre. Douglas Adams has been a favorite author since the very first sentence of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and The Dirk Gently series is every bit as entertaining and insightful, brilliantly written and well thought out. I recommend it highly!
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