What's in common with a dead cat, a computer whiz-kid, an Electric Monk who believes the world is pink, quantum mechanics, a 200-year-old Chronologist, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poet) and pizza? Apparently not much; until Dirk Gently, self-styled private investigator, sets out to prove the fundamenta... l interconnectedness of all things by solving a mysterious murder, assisting a mysterious professor, unraveling a mysterious mystery and eating a lot of pizza – not to mention saving the entire human race from extinction along the way (at no extra charge). Read this book (better still, buy it, then read it) to find out more – or contact the Holistic Detective Agency for Dirk Gently. 'A thumping good epic for travel-romantic-musical-comedy detective-ghost-horror-whodunnit-time.'
[The Head of Radio Three] had been ensnared by the Music Director of the college and a Professor of Philosophy. These two were busy explaining to the harassed man that the phrase "too much Mozart" was, given any reasonable definition of those three words, an inherently self-contradictory expression, and that any sentence which contained such a phrase would be thereby rendered meaningless and could not, consequently, be advanced as part of an argument in favour of any given programme-scheduling strategy.
That was it. That was really it. She knew that she had told herself that that was it only seconds earlier, but this was now the final real ulimate it.
Reviews of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
The Dirk Gently Omnibus (Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul)
Heinemann £9.99, pp501
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Every time a new series of Sherlock comes around, there’s a collective gnashing of teeth in the SFX office, accompanied by wails of, “If we only we could cover it!” We can’t of course – well, not until such time as Sherlock investigates The Case Of The Anal Probing.
The idea that Dirk has been stalking – sorry, covert experimenting on – the wrong woman is also ingeniously woven into the overall plot, and the fact that it’s all Janice’s fault kinda makes a twisted poetic sense.