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Product Details

  • Series: Lucifer Box Novels
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743283961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743283960
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in the 1920s, British author Gatiss's second novel (after The Vesuvius Club), an awkward mix of P.G. Wodehouse and Seabury Quinn, finds English spy Lucifer Box targeted both by his country's foes and by rivals within the British secret service. After an assignment in New York almost costs him his life, Box comes across a mysterious parchment that appears to be of interest to a megalomaniacal fascist leader, Olympus Mons, who heads an international band named F.A.U.S.T., an acronym for the Fascist Anglo-United States Trinity. Box's chance discovery that his sister, Pandora, has become part of Mons's inner circle provides him with an in, leading him back across the Atlantic, and in and out of a variety of sexual encounters. The light-hearted action sequences don't quite mesh with a supernatural element involving the devil.
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"Darkly erudite and fiendishly unputdownable -- Lucifer Box is the most likable scoundrel since Flashman."

-- Jasper Fforde, author of The Big Over Easy and The Eyre Affair

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wyvernfriend on August 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
This sequel to the Vesuvius Club is almost a 4* book but not quite. And that seems to be the running theme with this book, it's almost a great read but not quite, the thrills are there but they're not quite thrilling.

Sometimes the laughs appear to be more forced than real but some moments shine through and are quite touching. Yes he's a cad and will do anything to get the job done or get his end away but at the same time the lonliness of his situation is quite touching.

Fun but nothing great.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.G. Williams on December 11, 2008
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I loved the Vesuvius Club, however, I thought that objectively, the Devil in Amber was a much stronger piece of writing. The story held together well, the humor was still fresh, and I liked that Lucifer Box was given some human frailties.

However, I must strongly protest the treatment of Charlie Jackpot. I'll not spoil it for those who haven't read the book yet, but Mr. Gatiss, I'm ever so disappointed.

That being said, it really is a top notch story, and well worth the price of admission.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Sondel VINE VOICE on July 24, 2007
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Welcome to the wonderfully twisted world of bi-sexual secret agent Lucifer Box, who we first met in the deliciously droll "The Vesuvius Club."

Mark Gatiss starts his books off in the established fashion of the murder mystery. However, they soon drift into Ian Fleming territory, with the villains and situations becoming increasingly preposterous as the stories progress, sliding headlong into the supernatural, science fiction or the down-right bizarre. In this new book fascists have found a way to unbind the devil in the misguided belief that he'll grant them dominion over the Earth. Box must save the day.

What differentiates these novels is the uniquely absurd sensibility of their author (a frequent contributor to the world of "Dr. Who" - writing both series episodes and novels). Lucifer Box is a marvelous creation, and Gatiss obviously revels in his characters adventures and exploits, which are detailed and punctuated with wry, often sexual humor. Additionally, the author delights us with a cast of supporting players with names such as Jocelyn Poop, Everard Supple, Bella Pok, Pandora Box, Sal Volatile, Olympus Mons and Charlie Jackpot. However, as full of fun as both books are, they are models of suspense and mystery.

If I liked the first book more, it is for one reason only - I love that it was set in the Edwardian era. This second book is set in the late 1920's, and the third book, "Clawhammer" (which is to be published in February), is set in the 1950's - I can't wait!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bachelier on January 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Devil in Amber" is a "boys own ripping tails" of a metro-sexual spy yarn. Lush with detail, the prose reminds you of a set dresser for the "Poirot" series on "Mystery!" with art deco detail in each paragraph.

And hero Lucifer Box does jump on every Page.

The aptly named Box is always probing while he slams into this meaty tail, heading off and rogering in on exotic danger as he leaves a trail of tears in pillows when he gives `em the bum's rush. There is pan-Atlantic conspiracy between the occult and Fascists, and there is so much aesthetic detail to describe we are almost left breathless sucking every drop in. But Box is is never one to Miss Adventure, and he sheathes his sword long enough to globe hop, but always manages to catch someBODY's violet or green eyes or notice their jawline.

Critic and author Stephen Fry cries for more, and while there are plenty of hard passages, nothing is boiled except boiling over passion. As in passion fruit.

I enjoyed it okay, but it the joke got tired after a while.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EddieLove on August 11, 2007
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Enthusiastically bisexual British spy takes on fascists and Satan on two continents in the 20s. There's some amusing repartee and the author spends admirable detail on a number of thrilling action set pieces. Unfortunately, the excess of grotesque female characters does distract from some of the fun.
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