Looking for Mr Piggy-Wig

Looking for Mr Piggy-Wig

by Andy Secombe
     
 

It is 20 years after the "New" Battle of Britain, and rationing is still in force. Because of rampant global warming, a massive tax has been imposed on carbon-based fuels. Now, with aviation fuel costing more than vintage champagne, commercial jets can no longer afford to ply the world's airways, and their place has been taken by giant, eco-friendly dirigibles. Our

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It is 20 years after the "New" Battle of Britain, and rationing is still in force. Because of rampant global warming, a massive tax has been imposed on carbon-based fuels. Now, with aviation fuel costing more than vintage champagne, commercial jets can no longer afford to ply the world's airways, and their place has been taken by giant, eco-friendly dirigibles. Our hero, Jack Lindsay, is a private investigator of the old school—hard-nosed, hard-boiled, and hard-drinking. If he has a weakness, apart from a fondness for garibaldi biscuits, it is for a woman with a sob story—and one has just walked into his office, and into his life. Marian is purportedly looking for her husband, Michaelmas, though Jack suspects she's not telling him the whole story. By digging a little deeper, he finds himself becoming embroiled in a worldwide criminal conspiracy involving gun-smuggling, political assassination, and a chain of burger outlets. Soon Jack's got a lot more to worry about than just the local shortage of garibaldis.

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Publishers Weekly
Secombe (Endgame) shows a flair for humor and quirky characters who provide more entertainment than the actual plot of this late 21st-century hard-boiled tale. Meet Jack Lindsay, one-time British war hero now stuck in a seedy office. His sidekick is the oddly misshapen Mango Pinkerton. Jack is counting the days until he can collect his pension, but first a beautiful woman employs him to find her missing husband and then Jack's brother, Freddy, now the police commissioner, appears to ask Jack to help find an assassin killing politicians worldwide. Once Jack suspects the two cases are linked, a wild chase ensues via intercontinental airships. The brothers' rivalry is intense and entertaining, and the threadbare story has just enough loose ends to raise the notion of sequels. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230712331
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan
Publication date:
09/08/2008
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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