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Douglas Adams
Pocket Books
1988

It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression “As pretty as an airport.”

When a passenger check-in desk at London’s Heathrow Airport disappears in a ball of orange flame, the explosion is deemed an act of God.  But which god, wonders holistic detective Dirk Gently?  What god would be hanging around Heathrow trying to catch the 3:37 to Oslo?  And what has this to do with Dirk’s latest – and late – client, found only this morning with his head revolving atop the hit record “Hot Potato”?  Amid the hostile attentions of a stray eagle and the trauma of a very dirty refrigerator, super-sleuth Dirk Gently will once again solve the mysteries of the universe…

The second Douglas Adams story featuring the self-styled “holistic detective” Dirk Gently is, comparatively speaking anyway, the more focused of the two finished novels in the Dirk Gently series.  Which is to say, I didn’t find myself needing to jot down a quick flow chart to keep the plot in order, like I did with the previous book.  That isn’t to say that The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul is anything less than a quirky madcap ride through the mind of Douglas Adams via his other literary creation.  This time the tale involves a couple of Norse Gods, the Grim Reaper, a mysterious envelope that points to a rather interesting trail, and a giant eagle that keeps dodging our hapless protagonist (for lack of a better label).  By the end of this, you’ll be shaking your head and chuckling as you take in what you just read.

Full of twisted wit and charm, The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul can be read as a stand-alone, or in tandem with the first book.  Pity the proposed third book never got finished completely.  In any case, check this one out.