The Vesuvius Club (Lucifer Box #1)
Meet Lucifer Box: Equal parts James Bond and Sherlock Holmes, with a twist of Monty Python and a dash of Austin Powers, Lucifer has a charming countenance and rapier wit that make him the guest all hostesses must have. And most do.
But few of his conquests know that Lucifer is also His Majesty's most daring secret agent, at home in both London's Imperial grandeur and in it...more
Actually I must immediately qualify that remark, as what lay behind the door appeared to be a monkey."
Lucifer Box, "the feted artist, the dashing dandy ... but by night -- philanderer, sodomite, and assassin!" is quite simpl...more
There’s a distinct, 60’s feel to it all; something to do with the cleverly-copied Aubrey Beardsley, Yellow Book look of the thing and the outrageousness of the rather-hard-to-follow plot. If this book were a film it would look like The Wrong Box or Casino Royale (the Peter Sellers movie, not the latest, hard-core version, obviously) and Peter Cook would be playing Lucifer Box....more
The plot and the execution are gorgeous, a little bit ostentatious and entirely frivolous, so I think I might save the second one for an end of term train ride home - it strikes me as exactly the sort of thing I might need at the end of a term reading law textbooks. The characters are a bit tw...more
If you live in the UK then the chances are that you're familiar with, or have at least heard of, the work of Mark Gatiss. He is an accomplished writer and actor for the stage and television and a look at his IMDB page will porbably make you say 'oh yeah, I remember that!' In the last couple of years he has written for and appeared in the new incarnation of Doctor Who, as well as last years romcom Starter for Ten. He...more
So fun! So British! So snarky! I guess this is kind of like James Bondish? It's about one of those dapper young playboys who leads a decadent artist's life by day and like works for the CIA by night. It's all old-timey and very, very British. Kind of like Johannes Cabal the Necromancer , except less noir and more caper. It's fluffy and fun, nothing too substantial. I should have saved it for the...more
The premise is delightful - Edwardian gentleman, portraitist, dandy, wit, rake and His Majesty's most dashing secret agent is a series of humourous crime solving adventures - and yet the resulting first novel leaves me flat.
I do not recall laughing once, I barely raised a glimmer of a smile infact. There may once have been a time when this would ha...more
Just a few ways to describe Mark Gatiss’s rollicking caper - which I enjoyed enormously.
Sure, it can be described as Sherlock Holmes meets James Bond (if they’d been brave enough to cast the estimable, dishy Rupert Everett in the role), but it seems to share more DNA with a lesser known British export, The Assassination Bureau, a film starring Oliver Reed and Diana Rigg. Like The Vesuvius Club it’s an anachronistic mash-up of Edwardian starch, wild esp...more
Gatiss, Mark – Standalone
Simon & Schuster, 2004- UK Hardcover
Lucifer Box is an elegant, bi-sexual rake and a secret service agent who lives at Number Nine Downing Street. When two leading scientists are murdered it’s up to Lucifer to find who and why. His investigation takes him to Naples. With a beautiful woman on his arm and a young lover, Charlie, who introduces him to the debauched delights of the Vesuvius Club...more
Lucifer Box is a socialite and a portraitist with dashing good looks, but he’s also one of Britain’s most witty secret agents working for His Majesty’s Government. The Vesuvius Club is a first-person narrative...more
первое – это полнейшая шизофрения, сплошные «машины желаний», руководство к созданию шизофренических перипетий, от которых удовольствие п...more
"What a mantra", Tony thought. It was vague enough to apply to so many things. Its frame for time appearing, at first, grim for the thought of death. Yet optimism could break through; through brevity, through apathy. If we only get so many days, why not make each one great? Just as easily, if we only get so many days, why bother doing anything at all?
And just like that, Tony had one less.
From that day forward Tony programmed his robot, HS-11, to record all the things h...more
His game this time involves the murder of a fellow spy / diplomat in Naples and the mysterious but seemingly natural deaths of two scientists w...more
The solution to the overarching mystery is deeply silly, which came as quite the disappointment. I think Gatiss lost his grip on the plot near the end, devolving into depicting cackling villains who engage in the hoary old trope of explaining all to the captured but not yet dead hero, as well as all-consuming love affairs and dastardly revenge. Yes, those are the tr...more
A lot of people liken it to an Oscar Wilde take on a spy novel, and they're not wrong. Lucifer Box is a dandy and a gentleman, but the gentleman part is optional it seems. He knows his way around high society but can navigate the underworld with ease - all in a day's work for an agent of His Majesty's Government.
Several strange events occur to attra...more
“The Vesuvius Club” is the first book in the Lucifer Box trilogy.
The book itself is hard to describe. It is a thriller. It is a spy novel. It is an historical novel. It is a boy’s own ripper of an adventure yarn. It is deliciously wicked and the hero, Lucifer Bo...more
We meet Lucifer Box (prepare for Puns Ahead), secret agent to His Majesty's Government (HMG) in Edwardian England. Once the time period is established, it makes much more sense; I kept thinking it was Victorian London, but it's later.
Lucifer's cover is painting portraits, and it is doing...more
Don't get me wrong it lends a certain air to the story a mix of drama and suspense w...more
It's funny, satirical and as a bonus also a decent thriller. There's no high literature here and some of the characters are very underdeveloped but t...more
Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Gatiss has written three episodes for the 2005-revived BBC television series Doctor Who. His first, "The Unquiet Dead", aired on 9 April 20...more