The Gun Seller

The Gun Seller

by Hugh Laurie
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The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie concocts an uproarious cocktail of comic zingers and over-the-top action in this "ripping spoof of the spy genre" (Vanity Fair) — the irresistible tale of a former Scots Guard-turned-hired gun, a freelance soldier of fortune who also happens to be one heck of a nice guy.
Cold-blooded murder just isn't Thomas Lang's cup of tea. Offered a bundle to assassinate an American industrialist, he opts to warn the intended victim instead — a good deed that soon takes a bad turn. Quicker than he can down a shot of his favorite whiskey, Lang is bashing heads with a Buddha statue, matching wits with evil billionaires, and putting his life (among other things) in the hands of a bevy of femmes fatales. Up against rogue CIA agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer looking to make a high-tech killing, Lang's out to save the leggy lady he has come to love...and prevent an international bloodbath to boot.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671020828
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication date: 10/01/1998
Edition description: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 491,183
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Hugh Laurie has cowritten two comedy series for BBC television,
A Bit of Fry and Laurie. He has also acted in the television dramas Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster as well as in the feature films 101 Dalmatians, Sense and Sensibility, and Peter's Friends. He lives in London.

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Gun Seller 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hugh Laurie apparently does A LOT of things well, including writing novels. The Gun Seller is chock full of wit, quip, and typical British idiosyncrasies. But more importantly its a great story. Hugh Laurie's writing style simply put, is brilliant. While reading the story, at times, I couldn't help but be reminded of an Andy McNab novel or Jack Higgins novel (which is a good thing). All I can say is that I hope there's another novel to come some day.
JeanClaudeFan More than 1 year ago
I saw this book on the shelf and thought "Really? Hugh Laurie?" so I picked it up just to see. I was please by this book. The main character was smart, acerbic (just the way I like 'em!) and interesting to read. The whole book was a pleasure for me. Thanks Hugh!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book...keeps one going. Hugh Laurie has an easy to read style and lots of great humor, twists, creates wonderful character, keeps one's absolute attention.
Pvt_Baldrick More than 1 year ago
For those of you who are reading this review and are debating on picking this book up, I can only say spend the money and get it. A lot of Americans only know Hugh Laurie as the sullen, drug-addicted, cynical cane-wielding Dr. Gregory House. Most Americans do not, however, know that Hugh Laurie is a hugely popular British comedic genius. Now, I grew up knowing who he was well before his foray into American TV. I grew up watching him in Black Adder, as well as Jeeves and Wooster. When I saw this book sitting on a clearance shelf at a local book store, I had to have it. If he could write even half as well as act, it was sure to be great. To be entirely honest, this book exceeded my expectations. It's full of the dry humor Brits are known for, but also has humor that Americans can laugh at. It doesn't start out slowly building to the humor either. Within the first page, he is describing his character being worked over by a goon and it is literally laughter inducing. His character descriptions are over the top, but completely believable. Oh, and the story isn't lacking for anything either. If Laurie really wanted to, he could have omitted the humor and had a thrilling spy novel. The humor is just the icing on the cake. If you love Hugh Laurie in House, You will love this book. If you love British comedy, you will love this book. If you don't like either, avoid this book. That is the only thing bad I can say. If you are looking for something serious, this is not your book, but who doesn't enjoy a good laugh?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am unbelievably captivated. Cant stop. Addicted
ermb More than 1 year ago
This book is very funny as well as being a white-knuckle thriller. The only negative thing I can say is that Mr. Laurie REALLY needs a good proof reader!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A witty, fast paced adventure! Mr. Laurie is certainly blessed with many tslents!
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What a great novel. I am not into "action" novels, but when I heard Hugh Laurie had written a bookI rushed out and bought it. It seemed as if he were sitting next to me telling me a story. I laughed out loud from the blatantly obvious to the subtle wit. Read, read, read!!!
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