So here we go again in "Corporate Bodies" with our roguish hero, the alcoholic actor Charles Paris, who seems to know no ends of the depths of the acting world into which he will sink in an attempt to make a living. This time Charles has been found work by script writer Will Parton, who we met on the set of "Stanislas Braid" in "A Series of Murders", in making a corporate video for the Delmoleen company, the United Kingdom's specialists in bedtime drinks, biscuits and cereals. The job itself couldn't be easier, Charles just has to sit on a fork lift truck and speak some very basic lines, but as usual the job is made a thousand times more complicated when one of the girls in the typing pool, who has been drafted into the video, winds up dead behind the very fork lift truck Charles has been driving.
Needless to say out actor friend soon starts poking his nose around the factory plant, right into the places where it is most not wanted. He soon starts putting back up of the real fork life driver Trevor and those of managing director Brian Tressider and Marketing Director Ken Colebourne.
There are some delightful scenes in this book, especially those during Charles' day at Wimbledon where he manages to get rather drunk and not see any tennis and at the annual Delmoleen conference where wife-swapping and green museli bars seem to be the order of the day.
That said though I do feel, as enjoyable as some of the moments are, this is a book that does struggle with any sort of genuine authenticity some of the links and joke are really really stretched to make them fit. Charles is a great bloke to read about but even he needs a proper stage sometimes.