Don’t Point That Thing at Me

By Kyril Bonfiglioli
Read by Simon Prebble

The Charlie Mortdecai Mysteries: Book 1

6.50 Hours 11/01/2005 unabridged
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A cult classic in the United Kingdom since its first publication there in the 1970s, Don’t Point That Thing at Me is the first of a series of hilarious and dark-humored crime thrillers featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai, degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and acknowledged coward. With his thuggish manservant, the incomparably named Jock Strapp, Mortdecai endures all manner of nastiness involving stolen paintings, a vintage Rolls Royce, secret police, a whirlwind trip to the United States, a dead client, and a ravishing and wealthy young widow—all just to make a dishonest living. He’s not one to pass up a drink, and he prides himself on being stylishly dressed for whatever occasion may present itself, no matter how debauched. Don’t miss this brilliant mixture of comedy, crime, and suspense.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 1973 CWA New Blood Dagger Award

A cult classic in the United Kingdom since its first publication there in the 1970s, Don’t Point That Thing at Me is the first of a series of hilarious and dark-humored crime thrillers featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai, degenerate aristocrat, amoral art dealer, seasoned epicurean, unwilling assassin, and acknowledged coward.

With his thuggish manservant, the incomparably named Jock Strapp, Mortdecai endures all manner of nastiness involving stolen paintings, a vintage Rolls Royce, secret police, a whirlwind trip to the United States, a dead client, and a ravishing and wealthy young widow—all just to make a dishonest living. He’s not one to pass up a drink, and he prides himself on being stylishly dressed for whatever occasion may present itself, no matter how debauched. Don’t miss this brilliant mixture of comedy, crime, and suspense.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“You couldn’t snuggle under the duvet with anything more disreputable and delightful.” Spectator
“Wickedly entertaining…a sure-fire, acid-tongued winner.” Publishers Weekly
“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…The listener’s attention will never wander.” AudioFile
“The Honorable Charlie Mortdecai…who quips à la Oscar Wilde even when in dire distress…makes his audio debut in Kyril Bonfiglioli’s darkly comic Don’t Point That Thing at Me, read in the deliciously honeyed cadences of the British upper class by Simon Prebble…An over-the-top, oddball charmer.” BookPage

Reviews

Reviews

by Teresa 9/13/2017
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Fun book with great narrator

I love to listen to this type of satire. Fine example read wonderfully.
by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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This is better than you thought...

Kyril Bonfiglioli writes a character that is clever, erudite, slightly profane and often drunk. I admit, I'm in the minority with the fact that I quite enjoyed the film Mortdecai, which this book is the basis for. It's funny that both the book and the film are quite close to each other...because, while I laughed at the film, I had to stop the car a number of times due to laughter from the audio book. Heaving, gasping guffaws. Charlie Mordecai is a character that is mainly guided by an ID that is trying REALLY hard to be the Superego. Really, this character and the literary James Bond are basically the same guy (with Charlie being far less concerned for "Queen and Country"). Simon Prebble clearly understands the humor in this character and does a dynamite performance as narrator. I have downloaded ALL of these books and can't wait to enjoy them!

Author

Author Bio: Kyril Bonfiglioli

Kyril Bonfiglioli (1928–1985) was an art dealer, accomplished fencer, a fair shot with most weapons, and a serial marrier of beautiful women. He claimed to be “abstemious in all things except drink, food, tobacco, and talking” and “loved and respected by all who knew him slightly.”

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 6.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English