If you’re only going to write one novel, make it a good one. Hugh Laurie has done just that.
Hugh Laurie, for those unfamiliar with the name, is the actor who plays Gregory House on TV’s House. American audiences may not be aware that Hugh Laurie is actually British (which makes his accent on the show uncanny) while British audiences probably recognize him from a variety of British comedies that he starred in and co-wrote before playing House.
Laurie’s sence of humor is on display from the first line of the novel, and almost every line that follows. It’s a very funny book. But it’s also a very good book. I was expecting a bit of light, detective fare. As it turns out, the novel is more of an espionage/spy thriller. The Gun Seller is brilliantly written and the humor evident throughout does nothing to undermine the dramatic weight of the story. The climax of the book really has impact because by that point in the story, we have really developed an attachment to the characters.
This, by the way, was book 42 in my quest for 52 books in 52 weeks. Just ten more to go!