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The Old Limey

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What happens when a reactionary, retired British brigadier general comes to Los Angeles looking for his missing god-daughter? Comic chaos, that's what, with California beach babes, Jamaican drug gangs, and other colorful characters feuding and fighting in a mad search and rescue operation.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Regnery Publishing
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I'm happy this book only cost me a dollar at a library sale. Apparently it's meant to be satire, but a satire of what is unclear. Self-satisfied privileged old white guys? Retired British military men who miss the good old days when a 60-year-old man skeeving on 20-year-old girls was acceptable and expected? English tourists in LA? Smug writers who consider themselves sophisticated and intellectual?

I don't particularly care to find out; there was nothing in this book that didn't annoy the hell o
Mervyn Whyte
Jun 14, 2016 Mervyn Whyte rated it it was ok
Two biggest problems I had with this was 1. it didn't make me laugh - I think it was supposed to be a comedy. 2. I didn't warm to the main character. But maybe someone like me wasn't supposed to. The writing was good; the plot less so.
Jun 02, 2016 Dan added it
Awesome. It was a little like the Flashman series and quite funny.
Feb 23, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it
I saw the movie with Terrence Stamp a number of years ago not realizing it was based--loosely--on this book. I enjoyed both: "The Limey," the movie, for its gritty gangster bent on revenge, and The Old Limey, the book, for its old general on a rescue mission.

The book is an enjoyable read with The General often daydreaming about the young girls he meets or his command presence once he takes control of California for the crown.

Great job by Crocker.
Frances Bell
Jan 15, 2011 Frances Bell rated it did not like it
Life is too short to read a bad book. The first chapter promised well but after that it was just more of the same improbabilities and quite frankly, it set my teeth on edge. I should know by now that whenever the blurb on the back of book says "hysterically funny", it's a desperate attempt to sell a third-rate book to an unsuspecting public.
jojo the burlesque poetess
sometimes you need a palate cleanser-type novel of lost british general-types ambling through LA being equal parts class, lecherous & hilarious when you're getting a bit too sucked into Anna Karenina, elsewise...
Monica Copeland
A fun, silly detective story starring an old British general with delusions of aptitude. His interactions with LA stereotypes is priceless.
Ed Chatterton
Oct 01, 2012 Ed Chatterton rated it really liked it
An under-rated comedy. Really nicely done. If you like Wodehouse and Waugh then you should like this.
Oct 24, 2012 Rob rated it liked it
Has its funny moments but is hit and miss.
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Jan 29, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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