"'We read Rankin for his exuberant salmagundi of old jokes, myths urban and otherwise, catchphrases, liberatingly crazy ideas, running gags, recurring characters and locations, unreliable, autobiogrpahical anecdotes...he becomes funnier the more you read him'" (Mat Coward Independent)
Starring Barry the ever popular sprout in the head.
Billy Barnes is the world’s most ruthless man. He keeps his granny in a suitcase under his bed and is feeding her piece by piece to The Voodoo Handbag.
Henry Doors is the world’s richest man and his company Necrosoft doesn’t just market computer software, it now sells immortality. All you have to do is sell your soul to science.
Lazlo Woodbine is the world’s greatest 1950s genre private eye. He works only the four locations. An office where clients come to call. A bar where he drinks the drink and talks the toot. An alley where he gets into sticky situations. And a rooftop where he has the final confrontation with the villain. And Laz is on the biggest case of his life. Or will be as soon as the doctor chooses to release him from the straitjacket.
Barry is the world’s most famous Brussels sprout and he lives in Lazlo’s head and he wishes to make it clear that it is not his fault that Lazlo Woodbine is confined to a mental institution. After all, he is only the voice in Lazlo’s head.
Reckoned by many to be the most extraordinary book amongst Robert Rankin’s many extraordinary books, The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag is a dark exploration of the occult which in combination with his unique brand of savage humour, creates a Techno-Gothic masterpiece that will have you laughing and shivering by turns.
The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel, but for full explanation of the weirdness therein contained, it forms the second instalment of the “Completely Barking Mad” Trilogy in which it is preceded by Sprout Mask Replica, and the series concludes with Waiting for Godalming. (Both available now from Amazon) .
From the Back Cover
Henry Doors is the world's richest man. His company, Necrosoft, doesn't just market computer software, it sells immortality.
Billy Barnes is the world's most ruthless individual. When Billy isn't feeding bits of his granny to the voodoo handbag, he's furthering his ambitions: to control Necrosoft and run the planet. His way.
Lazlo Woodbine is the world's greatest private eye. And Lazlo's on the case. Or he will be, as soon as he can persuade the doctor to release him from his straitjacket.
Barry is the world's most famous sprout. He lives in Lazlo's head and he is confused by all of the above.