Don't Point That Thing At Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli - Book 1 of the Mortdecai Trilogy, now a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp Introducing the Hon. Charlie Mortdecai, art dealer, aristocrat and assassin, in the first of the Mortdecai novels Portly art dealer and seasoned epicurean Charlie Mortdecai comes into possesion of a stolen Goya, the disappearance of which is causing a diplomatic ruction between Spain and its allies. Not that that matters to Charlie ... until compromising pictures of some British diplomats also come into his possession and start to muddy the waters. All he's trying to do is make a dishonest living, but various governments, secret organizations and an unbelievably nubile young German don't see it that way and pretty soon he's in great need of his thuggish manservant Jock to keep them all at bay ... and the Goya safe. First published in the 1970s, this hilarious novel is part Ian Fleming part P G Wodehouse. It is now a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp as Mortdecai, Ewan McGregor as Jock and Gwyneth Paltrow. 'A rare mixture of wit and imaginative unpleasantness' Julian Barnes 'You couldn't snuggle under the duvet with anything more disreputable and delightful' Stephen Fry 'The jokes are excellent, but the most horrible things keep happening... Funny and chilling' Sunday Telegraph 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 four Charlie Mortdecai novels, and a fifth historical Mortdecai novel (about a distinguished ancestor).
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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the three Mortdecai novels, a fourth historical Mortdecai novel (about a distinguished ancestor), and left a fifth unpublished at his death.From AudioFile: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 Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1972. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. A very good copy of this extremely rare first edition of the first volume of the Mortdecai trilogy of humorous crime novels. Dust Jacket: pictorial, laminated with photo of a pair of hands cocking a pistol and red and white lettering to front and spine, rear plain white; not price clipped, in very good condition, clean and bright with no fading, small tear to top rear of spine and signs of minor edge rubbing (now protected); book blurb to inner front flap and biography of author to rear flap. Cover: red cloth with gilt lettering to spine in very clean and bright condition, no fading and little or no sign of shelf wear. Internally: very clean and bright, looks unread. Gift inscription to front free end paper. 176 pp. Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001994
Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicolson London, 1972 First Edition. Hardback. Dust Jacket., 1972. 8vo. pp 176. Original publisher's red cloth, lettered gilt on spine. From the Donald Rudd collection of detective fiction. ISBN: 0297995200 About fine in about very good dust jacket, with a small closed tear at the upper spine hinge and top edge of the front corner; one corner very slightly scuffed and slightly chipped. Now in clear, protective acetate wrapper. No inscriptions, not price-clipped. Bookseller Inventory # C19899
Book Description Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0297995200
Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition; First Printing. Very clean & tightly bound hardback book with no inscriptions, has minor browning to the page edges, in an unclipped dustjacket on which the title has faded from red to orange at the spine, and which has light shelf wear. The first part of the Mortdecai trilogy. Bookseller Inventory # 54375