Black Butterfly by Mark Gatiss
28 February, 2010
continues the story of debonair spy Lucifer Box in 1950s London. Following on from his earlier escapades in The Vesuvius Club and The Devil in Amber, we follow Lucifer Box as he prepares for retirement as ‘Sir Joshua Reynolds’, the head of the Royal Academy aka the Secret Service. Naturally he is unhappy at this turn of events (and of getting old) and quickly gets himself embroiled in some hair-raising adventure tracking down the elusive Black Butterfly who has caused the strange deaths of several veterans of the Establishment including one of Lucifer’s old friends. From London to Istanbul to Jamaica, Lucifer dodges bullets, falls for the fabulously sexy Kingdom Kum and has a bit of a family get-together with his son Christmas.
Mark Gatiss has once again managed to pull off a well-written, witty parody of the ultimate spy novel with a dash of humour, some incredible action and lots of class. Great fun.
I’m submitting this for the Thriller and Suspense Challenge 2010.