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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1991
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There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time traveler, AND the devastating secret of humankind! Detective Gently's bill for saving the human race from extinction: NO CHARGE.
About the Author
Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, England in 1952. He has written for radio, television and theater and has worked as a hospital reporter, barn builder, radio producer, and script editor. His bestsellers include The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.
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This is a complicated novel, and to be able to understand it you really need to read it twice, or listen to it twice (or more) and I also needed to read a few blogs to really get it. It's a puzzle. Yes, you can solve the puzzle from the abridged version, but it will be more fun to have all the details.
There is also a version with several actors reading for BBC radio, that I tried and didn't like. Look for "Read by the author," and "unabridged" or "6 CD set"
However where with HHG we have a radio series transformed into a novel, in Dirk Gently we have the opposite. It's an entertaining romp using borrowed plot points from the unfinished Doctor Who story "Shada". Combining Time Travel, murder, possesion, and the interconnectedness of all things the novel and audio play create an enjoyable story to read and/or listen too.
I found this production actually easier to sit through then the book itself. Having been streamlined and reaaranged a bit to better fit the format of an audio drama. The cast is brilliant, special praise for Billy Boyd. A choice for Richard Mcduff I wouldn't have expected. I guess in my head he sounded different when I first read the book, but Billy Boyd takes the character well beyond anything I imagined.
Great overall if you can find a copy.