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Well Fared, My Lovely [Kindle Edition]

Les Dawson
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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A startling exposé of crime and corruption, in which private eye Marlowe – alias Les Dawson, fresh from his conquests in Come Back With the Wind – takes the lid off the underworld to reveal gangsters, shysters, traffic wardens, good time girls, bad time girls who get better, traffic wardens . . . Meet Mussell Malloy, the man with a penchant for seafood and a chest like a burst sofa; meet Velma, woman of mystery and deadly beauty; meet Mike Mallet, the cop with more than a little to hide. Thus begins the journey into the inner workings of the criminal fraternity.
This book is not for the squeamish – but then the author says he doesn't care what religion you are!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O' Mara Books (22 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BYVZW5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dawson The Detective 3 Aug. 2007
Format:Hardcover
This is the story of Marlowe, a down-at-heel private eye who finds himself on the case of a lifetime. Hired by Mussels Malloy, a man with a penchant for seafood and a chest like a burst sofa, to find his missing girlfriend, the lovely Velma, Marlowe blows the lid off the underworld to reveal not only hoods, but shysters, traffic wardens, good time girls, bad time girls who get better, more traffic wardens et al.

Does the plot sound vaguely familiar? This spoof of Raymond Chandler's 'Farewell My Lovely' is rich in Dawsonian humour. To give a few examples: 'My years working in a Shaolin monastery near Kidderminster learning kung fu, karate and double glazing hadn't been in vain.', 'His mother was a music-hall artiste, part of an act called 'The Martha Haggett Trombone Romany Dwarfs', 'I read the morning newspapers and showered and the papers got soaked.'.

Anyone who remembers Les' monologues on 'Sez Les' and other shows will recognise the style instantly. Yes, its funny, often very funny, but one wishes Les had taken the trouble to parody the pulp private eye genre a bit more strongly, instead of merely using the plot as a peg on which to hang the gags. The net result is more akin to a joke book rather than a novel. Spike Milligan later wrote a string of literary parodies, beginning with 'The Bible', and these were more on-target.

Les was an extremely gifted writer, as anyone who's read 'A Card For The Clubs' will testify. This ain't in the same class, blue eyes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Often very funny, but best in small doses 19 July 2013
By YeahYeahNoh TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I very much agree with Kevin 'Bionic' Jones's review of this book.
The one-liners within it are strong, as you'd expect given the genius of the author.
The story though is weak, and as a novel I found this hard work.
Looking back on it subsequently, dipping in and out randomly provides ample opportunity for some fine laughs.
Perhaps therefore best as something to occasionally flick through rather than to actually read from front to back.
Three stars, 1/2 for the story, 4/5 for the jokes!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious - as you would expect. 25 Jun. 2013
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This book, which I read in between bouts of Charles Moore's biography of Margaret Thatcher, reminded me of the profound wit and genius that epitomised the late, great Les Dawson. It further contrasted with the Thatcher biography in that the pace of the narrative was so swift, it left me almost breathless, in between bouts of laughter.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Les Dawso Novel 21 Oct. 2013
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Got this as I loved Les Dawson. Just couldn't get past the first couple of pages, it was just too silly and nonsensical. Not the best of Les Dawson, he doesn't do as well with the written word. Maybe an audio version by him would put the magic in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars haw haw 15 Jun. 2014
By cassie
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another hit from les. I have become a real fan of dawsons writing due to the fact that life can be so depressing lately but curl up in bed with this and life seems so much better. real laugh out loud stuff which I couldn't put down
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THIS WAS A LAUGH OUT LOUD BOOK AND I'VE TAKEN THE NEXT ONE OF LES'S BOOKS TO READ SHORTLY. I CANNOT
RECOMMENED THIS BOOK HIGHER TO THOSE WHO LIKE A LAUGH AND ALSO THOSE WHO ENJOY MANGLED LANGUAGE!
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok up to a point 30 July 2013
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Very enjoyable at the outset, liked the quirky humour. But as it went on, the plot became even more convoluted than Chandler's original and it started to get very wearing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny 5 Aug. 2013
By Annie p
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Incrediably funny innitially but I'm an adventure loving reader and got a bit wearing after a time. Have only read a small amount but perhaps will go back to it later.
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