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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743257111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743257114
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,238,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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British author Gatiss's third Lucifer Box novel (after The Devil in Amber) will appeal to those who prefer their humor broad and unsubtle. Box's legendary career in a secret arm of British intelligence during both world wars has included such achievements as having "prevented the revivified zombie of Captain Scott destroying New Zealand with his steam-dreadnought." In the early 1950s, a series of mysterious deaths around the globe following crazed behavior by the victims brings Box back into the game. The spy is on hand to witness the dying words of the latest victim, Sir Vyvyan Hooplah, who mentions the black butterfly of the book's title. With such unlikely allies as a man named Kingdom Kum, Box sets out to decipher the clues to a diabolical plot. Filled with over-the-top sequences, this parody lacks the cleverness of similar books like Hugh Laurie's The Gun Seller.
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"Belongs to a lineage which stretches from Sherlock Holmes to the indestructible James Bond. Giddily inventive and packed with delirious incident." -- "The Times Literary Supplement" (London)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Sondel VINE VOICE on January 31, 2009
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What a lush I am. I've been waiting and waiting for this, the third Lucifer Box book by the embarassingly talented Mark Gatiss, and wouldn't you know that instead of savoring it, I guzzled it down like a gin soaked rummy. Oh, well, as was the case with "The Vesuvius Club" and "The Devil in Amber," I'll just have to read this again (and again).

I want to write more. However, I don't want to spoil a single surprise or revelation. Lucifer Box is indeed back; older and wiser, and yet as randy as ever. Everything we've come to know and love about a "Box book" is here in spades: the adventures (amorous and otherwise), the indelible characters (outlandish names and all), the sex (Box is an equal opportunist in the bedroom, or the barroom, or the floorboards, or the alley...), the wit and the imagination. Whimsical, preposterous and compulsively readable; who could ask for anything more? Me. More. I want more Lucifer Box books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erika (Jawas Read, Too) on July 6, 2009
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The first thing I noticed as I picked up Black Butterfly (Lucifer Box Novel The Last) was how thin it was in comparison to The Devil in Amber. A quick page check confirmed the sad news: Black Butterfly offers only 204 pages of rousing adventures and dark, delectable mysteries. Being an engrossing trilogy so far, the combination did not bode well for making this one last longer, teasing out the story with inordinate displays of self-control a few pages, perhaps even a chapter per day to extend the experience. In fact, at 204 pages the only promise Black Butterfly presumes with guaranteed witticisms, sharp humor, and delightful puns is the inability I would have in exerting my will power to put the book down. Instead of taking my time with this book, I jumped in with the same abandon I'd imagine Lucifer would recommend. After all, life's short and there's a lot of books I want to read!

Black Butterfly is Lucifer's swan song. His last adventure is filled with even more surprising revelations and a charming cast of puns intended to belay the wonderfully unsubtle and disarming humor and innuendos I've come to embrace and expect from a Lucifer Box novel. Lucifer has grown respectable in his old age (much to his regret); his years with the Royal Academy have been kind and his reputation and accomplishments have helped him rise through the ranks effortlessly to become the latest Joshua Reynolds. Finally the boss, Lucifer flirts with retirement, still determined to give it all one last go before his MI6 replacement (Allan Playfair) can settle in for the long haul.

Before Lucifer can wind down properly, there are matters to attend to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EddieLove on January 9, 2010
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The insatiable Lucifer Box returns in the latest wild entry in this hilarious yet thrilling series. Here the author has Ian Fleming squarely in his satiric sites and the opening Bond parody is sensationally funny. The pace is breakneck and there are more laugh-out-loud moments as the case unfolds for our slightly long-in-the-tooth hero. If anything this book is too short and you may want more - I certainly hope this isn't the last in this unique series.
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By David Greaney on July 28, 2014
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