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Waiting for the End of the World (William Dougal #2)

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The story opens with the lunatic fringe: a public meeting being addressed by an apostle of apocalyptic doom. But Dougal soon realizes that it's his own doom that may be at hand. He decides not to get involved in another of Hanbury's dangerous plots, but when Zelda, the ravishing black girl who trustingly turns up on his doorstep, is kidnapped by Hanbury, what can Dougal do ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 4th 1986 by Penguin Books (first published 1984)
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Kirsty Darbyshire
Jun 16, 2011 Kirsty Darbyshire rated it liked it
Shelves: paperback
From Andrew Taylor's website:

The book's early reviewers often attached the word "amoral" to it, and in particular to Dougal. (I doubt if they would do so now.) It would be more accurate to say that Dougal is morally flexible, as most of us are, to greater or lesser extent.
He's actually talking about Caroline Minuscule there but I noticed the 'amoral' tag on the back cover of this book and wanted to comment on it though finding Taylor's comment has rather stolen my thunder by saying that the idea
Jan 22, 2009 Fiona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want a light read
This is the second book of Taylor's rather light hearted Dougal series, about a rather lax-moraled man named William Dougal who you first meet in Caroline Minuscule.

Despite his seeming unwillingness to participate he always seems to find himself in difficult positions where people end up getting killed in his presence.

Not really a murder mystery where the protagonist is the good-guy hunting down the bad guy. Rather one slightly unwilling criminal hunting down more criminals of the peculiar unde
Sep 10, 2013 Jon rated it it was ok
When I was a kid I read several books from the "Bomba the Jungle Boy" series--the adventures of a kid slightly older than I was who was essentially Tarzan. He was in and out of episodic trouble, every chapter ending in a cliff-hanger, and the good guys winning in the end. This book reminded me of those, although it's set in England (a different kind of jungle, I guess) and is for grownups. Not much suspense for a thriller, some lame attempts at humor, good guys winning because they happened to ...more
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Oct 20, 2014 Les Wilson rated it it was ok
Very disappointed with this book. Cannot give it more than 3 and it not that bad I'd have to give it 2
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Andrew Taylor (b. 1951) is a British author of mysteries. Born in East Anglia, he attended university at Cambridge before getting an MA in library sciences from University College London. His first novel, Caroline Miniscule (1982), a modern-day treasure hunt starring history student William Dougal, began an eight-book series and won Taylor wide critical acclaim. He has written several other ...more
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