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H makes it all the difficult to figure out what the beautiful and fabulously wealthy Joanna is up to when she tries to convince Charlie to kill the ueen Suffice it to say Joanna is not uite what she seems Don't miss this brilliant mixture of comedy crime and suspen What if Bertie Wooster had a wife? And what if he had some espionage training? The result might be something like this adventure

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Illy are favorites of Stephen Fry and Julian Barnes among others Charlie's back in After You With the Pistol along with his new bride Joanna and his thuggish manservant Jock He’'s also still drinking too much whiskey and anything else he can get his hands on whic I shall sum this novel up in one word Hmmm One word not the same word but said once on each occasionSuperbAgain one word to sum up this novelFantasticBrilliantExcellentYou see my predicament?Hard to to justice to this novel or the author Think a randy Bertie Wooster Eual parts Tom Jones the Henry Fielding chap not the Welsh singeralthoughThink a busted nosed bruiser in place of Jeeves whose name is Jock Strap Think unlikely tales that pervert the course of literature Mayhem murder and naked girls running hither then thither There is dash of Regicide A splash of sex A soupcon of espionage and lot of other stuff tooTo say this is PG Wodehouse with a violent attitude and an erection is like saying Crowded House copied The Beatles Influenced by perhaps but not of a copy o said gent The end result those is something rather special Grandmother Moon randy Bertie Wooster Eual parts Tom Jones the Henry Fielding chap not the Welsh singeralthoughThink a busted nosed bruiser in place of Jeeves whose name is Jock Strap Think unlikely tales that pervert the course of literature Mayhem murder and naked girls Practical Prinkery running hither then thither There is dash of Regicide A splash of sex A soupcon of espionage and lot of other stuff tooTo say this is PG Wodehouse with a violent attitude and an erection is like saying Crowded House copied The Beatles Influenced by perhaps but not of a copy o said gent The end Outside the Paint result those is something The Problem of the Puer Aeternus (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts, 87) rather special

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Cult classics in the UK since their first publication there in the 1970s Kyril Bonfiglioli's wickedly fun mysteries featuring the Honorable Charlie Mortdecai degenerate aristocrat amoral art dealer seasoned epicurean unwilling assassin and general knave about Picad Just brilliant I've been meaning to read this for the past year and didn't know what to expectIt's extremely funny Mortdecai is such a great character and the mystery is as convoluted as they come Early on I was laughing so hard and freuently that I had to put the book down and ask myself how likely it was that I would even finish the book but as the end drew near the jokes were a little less freuent and I had to work hard to put fix the events in to my idea of what the plot was But still a near perfect Upper Class British version of the pulp fiction noirAfter this I cannot recommend any of the Mortdecai novels highly enough


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  1. says:

    After you with the Pistol the second Charlie Mortdecai novel by Kyril Bonfiglioli soon to be a major film starring Johnny Depp'Some of the nastiest funniest and most enjoyable crime writing of the last fifty years' GuardianCharlie Mortdecai degenerate aristocrat and victim of his own larceny and licentiousness has no idea Until it is made clear to him that he must marry the beautiful sex crazed and very very rich Johanna Krampf The fly in the ointment is that Johanna thinks nothing of involving poor Charlie in her life threatening schemes such as monarch assassination heroin smuggling and worst of all survival training at a college for feminist spies Perhaps it's all in a good cause if only Charlie can live long enough to find out


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    It's a shame that Bonfiglioli only wrote three true blue Mortdecai novels The first Don't Point that Thing at Me ended on a cliffhanger the threat of a Sam Peckinpah esue shootout Who knows? It's probably where Bonfiglioli wanted to leave it after all the British edition is entitled Mortdecai's Endgame The third Something Nasty in the Woodshed endedah ended And in such a satisfying but downbeat way Your favorite characters mine at least; in the parlance of the Internet YMMV got out alivebarely I can only imagine that if Bonfiglioli had continued he'd have upped the ante with each outing of Mortdecai Meaning less of the meat that made up the Mortdecai mortal coil would've remained each and every time until hilariously we were narrated to by a dead man The books this review is really a catch all for the three novels suffers from typos as if the secretary typing it out for Overlook Press couldn't get the typing down fast enough and over to the sink to rub her hands raw with soap towelsPolitically incorrect I believe is the phrase that pays here And the stories have not aged a day thanks to this worldview shitty spiteful outlooks never change; it's optimism that is always chasing the tail of the latest idea of optimism save for some references to our mutual friends the Chinese They the Children of the Revolution have got better ways of making you spill secrets better than a nail through the spleen or electrocution of the tender of your various electrocutables It's speak Mao or never hold your piece if I may be permitted a moment of free speech They've got videofeed of a rather mindnumbing Summer Olympics aren't the Winter Olympics like of a consolation prize to athletes who are you know not athletic? I mean really jumping into a greased kayak and running down an icy ramp isn't really a sport is it? It's what drunk guys agree to do to get home thumbing their nose at the local DUI law and its enforcing officers to loosen the strings on your purse of secrets You could do worse in the next 60 or so years you've got left than read this trilogy; so if you've run through your Wodehouse or are doing 10 20 in the Big Houseinvite Charlie Jock Johanna as lovely as sinister as Amis' Nicola Sixx as seen in London Fields Col Blucher etc etc into your etc etc And really read them in the twisted inside out way; you want to leave this little pocket of jolly with something like like but not really exactly hope shining in your eyes You might think that should be in uotes but no I'm certain Bonfiglioli would have pulled it off hilariously Italics emphasis mine Because really I want to emphasize it Again that's Don't Point that Thing at Me the first novel Something Nasty in the Woodshed the third novel and After You with the Pistol the second novel Remember You left Pulp Fiction thinking John Travolta's character was alive and very well fedthen 20 minutes later you remembered Hey Bruce Willis punched his ticket waaaay earlier What th'?? But you didn't put up a fight You didn't You accepted You accepted the Vonnegutian notion that while you may die in 2012 you're forever alive in 200 oh let's say 3 200 3


  3. says:

    Just brilliant I've been meaning to read this for the past year and didn't know what to expectIt's extremely funny Mortdecai is such a great character and the mystery is as convoluted as they come Early on I was laughing so hard and freuently that I had to put the book down and ask myself how likely it was that I would even finish the book but as the end drew near the jokes were a little less freuent and I had to work hard to put fix the events in to my idea of what the plot was But still a near perfect Upper Class British version of the pulp fiction noirAfter this I cannot recommend any of the Mortdecai novels highly enough


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    How lucidly one thinks to be sure when one has taken just a suspicion of brandy than one should So says Charlie Mortdecai who is Kyril Bonfiglioli's central character in this and other novels and he knows His life abounds in at least a suspicion of many things than the rest of us would find reasonable or even affordable a wealthy and beautiful wife who has the strong desire for him to assassinate the ueen of England; a mysterious American who wants him to spy on his wife; waiters in Chinese restaurants regarding which discretion about the plot forbids me to say ; and not least fine art and international travel and weapons both legal and il and meals and even napsThe pleasures of reading Bonfiglioli have been better summarized by Leo Carey in a New Yorker profile than I can easily provide here and Carey gives you the side benefit of acuaintanceship with the author himself who seems as improbable a creature as Mortdecai But I will say that one feels somehow cleverer for having read this book that it's a bit like Wodehouse with shots of Ian Fleming and much general wickedness and that as Stephen Fry remarks in a blurb You couldn't snuggle under the duvet with anything disreputable and delightful


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    The second of Bonfigliolis' Mortdecai books picks up immediately from the first with the dissolute and shady art dealer in the clutches of various agencies who wish him harm He manages to extricate himself by promising to marry the gorgeous Johanna and keep tabs on her activitiesJohanna manipulates Mortdecai into a series of increasingly dubious activities from assassinating the ueen training at a camp for lesbian warriors and smuggling heroin out of China As the plot proceeds it just gets sillier and sillier serving mainly as a vehicle for Mortdecai to toss off a series of acid observations which keep the laughs coming After You with the Pistol is pure fluff but very enjoyable and well executed fluff There's a lot of Wodehouse in Bonfiglioli's characters and he makes reference to Jeeves and Wooster several times so it's clear they are among his inspirations These books are a bit manic than the Jeeves stories but lovers of Wodehouse would probably enjoy them


  6. says:

    I shall sum this novel up in one word Hmmm One word not the same word but said once on each occasionSuperbAgain one word to sum up this novelFantasticBrilliantExcellentYou see my predicament?Hard to to justice to this novel or the author Think a randy Bertie Wooster Eual parts Tom Jones the Henry Fielding chap not the Welsh singeralthoughThink a busted nosed bruiser in place of Jeeves whose name is Jock Strap Think unlikely tales that pervert the course of literature Mayhem murder and naked girls running hither then thither There is dash of Regicide A splash of sex A soupcon of espionage and lot of other stuff tooTo say this is PG Wodehouse with a violent attitude and an erection is like saying Crowded House copied The Beatles Influenced by perhaps but not of a copy o said gent The end result those is something rather special


  7. says:

    The second book in the Mortdecai trilogy is the silliest and the most anti PC and conseuently the most fun This time out Charlie no longer master of his fate is pitted against his wife's consortium of dominant women the CIA and a triad of Chinese waiters As a cat's paw in an effort to stop an international conspiracy Charlie is beaten imprisoned and groped by schoolgirls The scotch flows the uips bandied about and Charlie ends up at unwitting hero at last These books could not be published today They would be called racist and sexist and insensitive and elitist Bonfiglioli lards these trifles with uotes from great poets and literary allusions; this is pulp trash that makes you feel intellectual Charlie Mortdecai is a contemporary Flashman without the uniform and as such should be read


  8. says:

    What if Bertie Wooster had a wife? And what if he had some espionage training? The result might be something like this adventure


  9. says:

    Everyone needs a Jock in their life


  10. says:

    Book Review After You With The PistolAuthor Kyril Bonfiglioli 'Some of the nastiest funniest and most enjoyable crime writing of the last fifty years' The cover page proudly presented this uote After you with the Pistol is the second Charlie Mortdecai novel by Kyril Bonfiglioli soon to be a major film starring Johnny DeppCharlie Mortdecai degenerate aristocrat and victim of his own larceny and licentiousness has no idea Until it is made clear to him that he must marry the beautiful sex crazed and very very rich Johanna Krampf The fly in the ointment is that Johanna thinks nothing of involving poor Charlie in her life threatening schemes such as monarch assassination heroin smuggling and worst of all survival training at a college for feminist spies Perhaps it's all in a good cause if only Charlie can live long enough to find outThe second of Bonfigliolis' Mortdecai books picks up immediately from the first with the dissolute and shady art dealer in the clutches of various agencies who wish him harm He manages to extricate himself by promising to marry the gorgeous Johanna and keep tabs on her activitiesJohanna manipulates Mortdecai into a series of increasingly dubious activities from assassinating the ueen training at a camp for lesbian warriors and smuggling heroin out of China As the plot proceeds it just gets sillier and sillier serving mainly as a vehicle for Mortdecai to toss off a series of acid observations which keep the laughs comingAfter You with the Pistol is pure fluff but very enjoyable and well executed fluff There's a lot of Wodehouse in Bonfiglioli's characters and he makes reference to Jeeves and Wooster several times so it's clear they are among his inspirations These books are a bit manic than the Jeeves stories but lovers of Wodehouse would probably enjoy them One has to be crazy enough to pick out this book and read it It's an explosion of craziness in almost every way It's fun it's witty and yes it's awesome with every turn of page Read it for some uality crime comedy drama that would surely tickle your bones A three and a half stars for After You With the Pistol 🌟 🌟 🌟 12


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