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Foiled Again [Paperback]

Peter Guttridge
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6 Sep 2001
Roving reporter Nick Madrid finds himself in New York covering a fencing tournament between Britain and the USA. When he stumbles over a murder plot involving big money sports sponsorship, he knows he's on to a hot story. And when he discovers a link to an old mystery from the thirties involving Nazi gold and Oswald Mosley's blackshirts, he can't resist trying to foil the villain's plan.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; New edition edition (6 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747262535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747262534
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Guttridge has read far more crime fiction than is healthy for anyone: for eleven years (until 2011) he was the crime fiction critic of the Observer. He is the author of the Brighton trilogy: City of Dreadful Night, The Last King of Brighton and The Thing Itself. He has also written six satirical crime novels featuring the yoga-obsessed Nick Madrid and the hard-bitten but irresistible Bridget Frost. (The series runs from No Laughing Matter to Cast Adrift.) His non-fiction writing includes his definitive account of The Great Train Robbery and a forthcoming history of smuggling. His Kindle Original, The Belgian and the Beekeeper, is the first of three novellas featuring Sherlock Holmes and a certain foreign detective. The second novella, The French Hospital, will be published in September 2013. A fourth Brighton novel, The Devil's Moon, was published in June 2013.

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Blackshirts, Brontes and one-legged heavies
A work of sheer genius (I can have an opinion can't I?), this is my favourite in the Nick Madrid series because it's the most ambitious so far. The starting point remains the same - to write something as laugh-out-loud funny as I can make it which also works as a proper mystery story. But this time I wanted to write a satire on sports sponsorship as well as something about the blackshirts in North West England in the Thirties - it's not generally known that they were as big there as in the East End of London. I used to fence competitively and I found the link between modern day sport and Thirties violent politics in the fact that Oswald Mosley, leader of the blackshirts, used to fence for Britain at the same time as he was fomenting anti-semitism. Then there was a lot more I wanted to fit in. I had a great time setting a chase at a New York art exhibition devoted to Sh*t Art (I don't know if I'm allowed to use the word here, so I'm playing safe) - hundreds of bizarre pieces of art, all of which really exist, created from - well, you get the idea. I walked the winter moors on the boundary between Yorkshire and Lancashire and met Brontes anoraks and a number of people seriously devoted to the memory of the dead poet Sylvia Plath so all that had to go in. And did you see that weird programme on the telly halfway through 2000 about body dysmorphia, a psychological illness in which people want perfectly healthy limbs lopped off because they don't feel they belong to them? Seriously spooky but great for me as I was setting the third part of the book in Florida (aka Carl Hiaasen-land) and was looking for unusual characters to be heavies. Hence the appearance of a one-legged, philosophy-spouting villain by the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Good reading - and watch out for that pelican. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Peter Guttridge is a freelance journalist who for the past ten years has written about literature, film and comedy for a range of national newspapers and magazines.

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4.0 out of 5 stars witty and light 2 April 2003
Format:Paperback
this book, i found increasingly humourous as i read it through. it involves the reader with its many twists and turns.
Me, being someone who goes fencing, found it relevant and very handy for when explaining about the complicated terms that frequently appear. Peter Guttridge has simplified the technicality of the sport and made it humourous.
the plot was light and it was easy to read, be involved in the plot and enjoy the many jokes that this book through at you.
be warned though, do not hold a carrot when reading this book!
i enjoyed this book immensly and i would reccomend it to anyone who wanted something to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh yourself sick 6 Mar 2001
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Format:Hardcover
I NEVER laugh out loud when I'm reading. Most books just aren't that funny. But I broke my silence with Foiled Again. The hopelessly inept Nick Madrid pitches, heart-first as usual, into the most outrageously farcical situations and comes up smelling, if not quite of roses, then at least of, well, something sweetish. Nick escapes death as per and gets damaged enough to put most people in hospital. But he shrugs all this off with the ease of the water/duck's back scenario in the pursuit of what may or may not be the truth. Where most protagonists draw a straightish line from A to B to find whodunnit, Nick's line is child-drawn and tortuous. While all this is going on, Madrid still manages to snare his woman of the volume - despite being criminally inadequate in most things horizontal - and the Bridget situation still lurks in the wings.
This is also a multi-faceted book. Where else would you find fencing, dildos and body dysmorphia in one book? Okay, yes, a dictionary perhaps but apart from that, where else? You want to know about blackshirts? Read this. What about the ins and outs of fencing? Yup, you've guessed it, right here. While you chortle, information seeps into your all-unknowing brain and, dammit, you've unintentionally learnt something.
Education aside, somehow Peter Guttridge manages, as in his other books, to write side-splitting humour with the lightest touch. In true time-honoured fashion, I found it hard to put down and even my 70 year old mother was sorry, when at 1245 a.m., she had finally finished reading it.
You know what you have to do....
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Format:Hardcover
I started this at midnight, having just got home after a trip, and I was 70 pages in before I could leave it to go to bed. The jokes pulled me in at first but then, actually more than the previous books in the series, the plot and the atmosphere are rich and intriguing. For the first time there's a story within the story, a second tale from hero Nick Madrid's family history that informs and in a way commentates on the main tale. There are precious few gags in that section but it works very well and somehow helps to ground the usual almost fantastical situations Nick gets into. And it explains Nick Madrid's surname for the first time as well as wildly but horribly believably taking him through pursuit from the Mafia to appearing nude on television with a pelican on his head.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The cat's pyjamas! 4 Mar 2001
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Format:Hardcover
I got hooked on this writer when I picked up A Ghost of A Chance, an earlier novel and laughed myself silly. This seems to be his most ambitious so far with a whole (serious) section set back in the north in the thirties and dealing with the blackshirts there. But to make up for the seriousness of that, Guttridge's fertile - and clearly rather sick! - imagination has come up with some great comic pieces - check out the fight in the S & M restaurant, the chase through the gallery showing some very "fundamental" art, the encounter with fans of Sylvia Plath and the Bronte sisters, the philosophical torturers - I could go on - this is just the cat's pyjamas!
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