From Publishers Weekly
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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