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The Gun Seller

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Thomas Lang es un ex policía y ahora pistolero a sueldo. Un día recibe la visita de un tal McClusky, quien le ofrece cien mil dólares por asesinar a Alexander Woolf, un empresario americano con negocios en Inglaterra y Escocia. Indignado, Lang rechaza el encargo y decide, en cambio, advertir a la víctima del peligro que corre: una buena acción que no quedará impune.
Paperback, 4th edition, 340 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Washington Square Press (first published May 1st 1996)
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This book is F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C !!!

Maybe you haven't recognized the name of the author, but this Hugh Laurie is THE Hugh Laurie who was the star on the TV series House, M.D..

Sure, maybe some of you would say "So what? He is an actor but can he write?" Oh, yes! He CAN write!

Pain is an event. It happens to you, and you deal with it in whatever way you can.

If you ever watched some episode of House, M.D. you can be familiarized with the personality of the character that Laurie portraited there, a
I wish I could give this book 6 stars.

I love Hugh Laurie. I love his dry, sarcastic wit. I love his accent. I want to hump his leg for writing this book.

Yes. I really just said that.

I picked up this book BECAUSE I love Hugh Laurie, but I didn't really have high expectations. I thought it would be humorous, but not a book to really be taken seriously. I thought it would be a little bit like a parody of the espionage genre, like Johnny English or Spy Hard, etc. I was prepared for it to be silly
Jan 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
I would like to please find the person who in the description of this book promised an "uproarious cocktail of comic zingers" and give them my best "Grandma Lydia look" (*)
(*) If you are NOT familiar with the "Grandma Lydia look", which you probably aren't since the chances of you actually having met my grandmother are slim to none, I will explain. This is the look you get from a tiny 5-foot-tall sweetest Eastern European grandmother that makes you stop in your tracks and beg forgiveness for an
John Martin
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book restored my faith in celebrity novels. The last one I read (by a former TV hero of mine) was so disappointing but Hugh Laurie is a first-rate wordsmith and an excellent storyteller. I already knew he was a brilliant actor (I'm midway through The Night Manager, and his performance is sending shivers down my spine), a comic genius and a super blues musician, so he is way more multi-talented than most of us. This book is an action thriller, which is not my usual fare. I suspect he has a g ...more
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Chris for turning me on to this fun romp. Every now & then I'd just bust out laughing & it kept me up past my bed time to finish it. Random, odd, & meandering as it seems at times, the humor was a constant thread & I found that everything really was spot on. If the story occasionally took the long way around the barn, it was only so we'd sneak up on something unexpected.

It's at least a 3 star thriller & is written so perfectly in Laurie's voice that I could hear &am
Someone I greatly admire in the book world was very excited to receive The Gun Seller as a Christmas gift which I pretty much took as an ultra-credible recommendation. The audio was at my library and I snapped it up. I didn't pay any attention to the author's name...and I'm glad I didn't because I likely wouldn't have read it. If you have never heard of this book, then don't research the author either. Just read it blind! I'm so glad I did. Obviously, after I finished this darkly hilarious piece ...more
I bought this in hardback from Waterstones in Bromley when it first came out; I have a feeling I was revising for my A-levels at the time. A lot of comedians were publishing novels back then – Hugh's friend Stephen Fry had already done The Liar in 1991 (which was great – the book, that is, not the year), and before that I think it all started with Ben Elton's Stark in 1989, which I never got around to. Comedian-lit was a weird genre and not one, to be honest, that has produced many great writers ...more
Jun 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of Spy Novels
Shelves: young-adult
The only reason I read this book? You guessed it, Hugh Laurie. Anything to which his name is attached is worth a looksee. I'm not typically a fan of spy novels, so I must admit that some of the spoofing was probably lost on me. However, Laurie obviously enjoys the English language and bends and twists it to wit-laced results. As a narrator, Thomas Lang is sarcastic and self-deprecating, but also a genuinely nice guy. He's likable, someone you'd like to go have a drink with just to hear his runni ...more
Sep 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous, political, spy
Fantastic. Fantastically funny. Fantastically savvy. Fantastically clever. Fantastically political. Fantastically cinematic. Fantastically entertaining. Fantastic.

Hugh Laurie has only written one novel, but I hope there are more to come after his near perfect debut, The Gun Seller.

Laurie takes a fairly standard "dirty CIA" story (ala Jason Bourne), tosses in some Wodehousian humour, takes the p*ss out of modern politics and democracy, builds suspense with some cracking chases, gun fights and 00
Robert Kroese
Aug 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
The Gun Seller is a strange book, in a way. The first few chapters are sort of random and whimsical, with at least one laugh-out-loud line on every page. About a quarter of the way in though, it seems like it occurs to Laurie that he actually has some storytelling to do, and sets about doing it. The book grows gradually more serious from that point, until it is close to being a Robert Ludlum-style spy thriller. It also gets rather confusing. I had a hard time figuring out the motivations of some ...more
Prošlo je skoro četiri mjeseca od pročitane knjige, no osjećam se isto kao i onda kada je se sjetim. -
JES, pročitala sam je! :-) No, kako sam ju zatvorila, tako sam ju zaboravila.
Ono što je u knjizi dobro, je naslovnica i to što sam pametnoga doznala o talentiranom Dr. House-u, gospodin Hugh Laurie! Tip genijalac, ali ovo mu definitivno nije trebalo.
Naporno, dosadno, zbrkano, nebitno.. Za preskakanje savršeno!
Tiffany Reisz
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good book, very dark and funny. Like if PG Wodehouse wrote political thrillers.
Audiobook review: the book started out strong, but got very tedious by the 2/3 point. Imagine watching a Mr. Bean marathon. Funny at first, but by the sixth hour, it's driving you up the wall. I think it's probably the format, and I might go back and read (not listen) this one someday.
May 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Hugh Laurie is a talented guy. I read this because I loved House MD and I wanted to know what he can do more. The book was ok but the action dragged at some points.
Ben Babcock
This book has been on my to-read list for ages. Adding it was as simple as, “Hugh Laurie wrote a novel? Sold!” The fact that it’s a novel about a British ex-military freelancer trying to prevent the assassination of the American businessman he was hired to kill … well, that’s just a bonus. Some books keep their wit bottled up and dole it out carefully over the course of the story. The Gun Seller isn’t like that: from the very first page, Laurie makes it clear that this is a tongue-in-cheek, semi ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Cynical, wry freelance soldier of fortune Thomas Lang is hired to kill a man, but being a nice chap, refuses the money and goes to warn the intended victim. His discovery that the victim, an American industrialist, is also the man who hired him is only the beginning of a series of bizarre surprises and twists in store for Lang, as he is reluctantly involved in a plot to instigate a terrorist act so that a new attack helicopter can be tested out in actual combat. He falls for the industrialist’s ...more
Maryscott OConnor
Jul 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone I know.
I had to stop reading The Gun Seller around 1am, halfway through it, and believe me, the ONLY thing stopping me from reading to the end was an unfortunate dearth of eyelids propper-uppers, a la A Clockwork Orange.

It is LITERALLY laugh-out-loud funny. Adam (spousal unit)couldn't concentrate on his computer war game, so often did I punctuate the living room's ual silence with raucous laughter and stifled snorts.

But it is ALSO one helluva spy tale. He wrote it in 1996 and I can't for the life of me
Γιώτα Βασιλείου

Δεν ξέρω γιατί μας αποτρέπει ο συγγραφέας να πάμε στην Καζαμπλάνκα. Προσωπικά σκοπεύω να πάω πολλές φορές ακόμα, παρέα με το βιβλίο του. Γιατί διαβάζοντας το, πέρασα πολλές ξεκαρδιστικές ώρες. Και σκοπεύω να το ξαναματαζήσω αυτό.

Ας σας πω όμως δύο λόγια για το πόνημα του αγαπημένου πλέον Χιού... Σίγουρα δεν έχω ξαναδιαβάσει κάτι τέτοιο. Είναι ένα συνονθύλευμα λογοτεχνικών εμπειριών. Είναι αστυνομικό, είναι κατασκοπικό, είναι περιπέτεια, αλλά πάνω και
Jun 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like PG Wodehouse or spy novels
Hugh Laurie is...I suppose I should begin by saying I have something of a crush on him. In the beginning he was fantastic in "Blackadder" as the various Georges, then he was extremely fabulous opposite Stephen Fry in "Jeeves and Wooster", and then, having proved himself one of the best comic actors of his generation, he came to America to star in "House", and became not just one of the most versatile actors, but a sex symbol to boot.

It was on the strength of this reputation that I started to re
Aug 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
Perhaps it's unfair to review this book seeing as I haven't finished reading it yet, but I'll do it anyway! I think, perhaps, I picked up this book for the wrong reason. I wasn't particularly interested in the story, though it did intrigue me. In all honesty, I picked it up because Hugh Laurie wrote it and I love him. (More specifically, I love Robert Sean Leonard who stars with Hugh Laurie on 'House', but has not actually written a book so this was the best I could do...) This, I have discovere ...more
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 100-books-2010
This was a clever send up of the spy genre, but if Hugh Laurie were not working so hard to be clever in every single line, I think it would be a smoother read.

While the narrator's thoughts on sex drives, cars, how people look like their desks, etc, etc, are wry, witty, and amusing - they do not further the plot or the move the action along.

I will grant that it may be half the point of a spy novel to never know quite who is working for or with whom, this novel was overly full of characters who ap
Ελενη Ηλιαδου
📕📕📕 Η άποψη μου 📕📕📕

Τίτλος : Μην πας ποτέ στην Καζαμπλάνκα

Εγώ πήγα και έχω να σας πω ότι είχα ένα ταξίδι γεμάτο ίντριγκες,δράση,και περίπλοκες καταστάσεις .
Ο Χιου Λόρι ο γνωστός σε όλους μας τηλεοπτικός χαρακτήρας από την τηλεοπτική σειρά House MD είναι ο συγγραφέας του βιβλίου και διαβάζοντας το ένιωθα ότι ο ήρωας,ήταν ο ίδιος χαρακτήρας. Με το σαρκαστικό μοναδικό χαρακτήρα του γέλασα πάρα πολύ σε κάθε σελίδα του βιβλίου.
Καταιγιστική δράση , έξυπνη πλοκή ,ατάκες με απίστευτο καυστικό χιούμορ σ
Sandra Bašić
Bilješka o piscu (na kraju) mi je najbolji dio knjige. Čovjek je svestran i svaka čast! Gledala sam ga kao gosta u showu Grahama Nortona, beskrajno duhovit i zanimljiv. Izvrstan kao Dr House!!! Ali ova knjiga mi je, poput naslova, bila vrlo komplicirana i nažalost, već je zaboravljena. Ocjena je pozitivna ali samo zbog prethodno navedenog.
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

So, I picked this book up because it came recommended and because I like Hugh Laurie both from House and Black Adder, so I was curious as to what a book of his would be like.

Well, the one aspect which seems to be promoted above all others is the humor - it's dry and droll and nigh constant. But, while I did find some of the observations wry and humorous, I did not, unfortunately, find it nearly as uproarious as some others did. I also found it to wear kind of thin after not too long a while.

May 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2007
“Death and disaster are at our shoulders every second of our lives, trying to get at us.”

I will try to prevent my adoration of the brilliant Hugh Laurie affect my review of his first (and, to date, only) published novel, but I will admit that it was the only reason I was initially interested in reading The Gun Seller. While the book itself might not be expressly profound or lasting, it’s great for some light reading (or airplane reading, as it was for me).

Overall, this spy-genre spoof is great
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have a piece of advice for you if you decide to read this book (which you should):

Do not read it in an elevator, on a bus, in a hotel lobby, in a hospital waiting room, in the car when you're a passenger (or when you're the driver, for a more obvious reason), while standing in line at the bank/grocery store/customer service desk, while standing round waiting for the mechanics to finish with your oil change, at school, at work, or any other public arena where people can observe you.

Why, you may
L.T. Fawkes
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gun Seller, by Hugh Laurie $8.25 ***** Yeah. The author is that Hugh Laurie.

If you've been reading these reviews of mine, you know I'm pretty tight with a buck when it comes to Kindle books. I love to troll through looking for promising freebies and I rarely buy a Kindle book priced higher than $4.99. And this book is priced pretty steepishly at $8.25. Yikes, right?

HOWEVER . . . if you download the free sample, as I did, and read it, as I did, I'll bet you end up parting with that
Героят на Лори е много, ама много бъбрив. Разбира се, има доста хумор в него, но в същото време натоварва по някакъв начин, с всичките тези негови мисли. А книгата е в първо лице, така че мислите му са навсякъде.
Същевременно действието върви по някакъв начин мъчително бавно и интересът се губи някъде след първите 60 страници. Началото си го бива иначе, но после удоволствието бавно започва да се свива, докато всичко не ти стане някак еднообразно.
Нещо като плюс е, че не можеш да разграничиш героя
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rather good, rather funny, rather decent plot.

Write some more Mr Laurie!
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-england
Hugh Laurie is one of my favorite human beings on the planet. Actor, comedian, musician, rowing champion in his younger days, he’s an insanely talented person.
Turns out that he’s one hell of a great hard boiled mystery writer as well!
This fast moving story of a kind of jack of all trades detective who gets caught up in the world of arms smuggling, terrorism, international intrigue probably doesn’t sound very fun, but oh man is it ever.
Anyone familiar with Hugh Laurie and his dark and snark
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“Death and disaster are at our shoulders every second of our lives, trying to get at us. Missing, a lot of the time. A lot of miles on the motorway without a front wheel blow-out. A lot of viruses that slither through our bodies without snagging. A lot of pianos that fall a minute after we've passed. Or a month, it makes no difference. So unless were going to get down on our knees and give thanks every time disaster misses, it makes no sense to moan when it strikes.” 157 likes
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