Black Butterfly: A Lucifer Box Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 10, 2009 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Knave. Joker. Queen. Lucifer Box is back!

The hero of The Vesuvius Club and The Devil in Amber returns with an artistic licence to kill, and the deadliest mission of his career. A new Queen has been crowned, an old enemy has resurfaced and the world is about to be embraced by the lethal wings of the Black Butterfly....

Lucifer Box. He's tall, he's dark and, like the shark, he looks for trouble.

Or so he wishes. For, with Queen Elizabeth newly established on her throne, the now elderly secret agent is reaching the end of his scandalous career. Despite his fast-approaching retirement, however, queer events leave Box unable to resist investigating one last case....
  • Why have pillars of the Establishment started dying in reckless accidents?
  • Who are the deadly paymasters of enigmatic assassin Kingdom Kum?
  • And who...or what...is the mysterious Black Butterfly?

  • From the seedy streets of Soho to the souks of Istanbul and the sun-drenched shores of Jamaica, Box must use his artistic licence to confront and kill an enemy with its roots in his own notorious past. Can Lucifer Box save the day before the dying of the light?
     

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    User Review  - AHS-Wolfy - LibraryThing

    Third and final book in the Lucifer Box trilogy. Lucifer's career is winding down and the Royal Academy, of which he's risen to be its head, is being subsumed by MI6. After attending a funeral for a ... Read full review

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    User Review  - lycomayflower - LibraryThing

    Black Butterfly is the last Lucifer Box novel, and Gatiss has pushed his setting forward again to the early fifties, making Box quite an old man. Having moved to the very top of the spy game, Box is ... Read full review

    Contents

    BELIEVED EXTINCT
    11
    SCOUTING FOR BOYS
    19
    KISSING THE PINK
    29
    SNOBBERY WITH VIOLETS
    39
    BLOOD ORANGE
    51
    GOODBYE PICCADILLY
    59
    TICKTOCK
    67
    THE MAN FROM STAMBOUL
    79
    THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM
    115
    REALPOLITIK
    121
    ARE YOU DYING COMFORTABLY?
    133
    LE PAPILLON NOIR
    141
    WHO LOOKS INSIDE AWAKENS
    155
    THE MAN WITH THE CELLULOID HAND
    163
    CHILDRENS HOUR
    177
    DIBDIBDEATH
    187

    MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL
    87
    FINDERS WEEPERS
    95
    DÉTENTE
    105
    THE LAST LUCIFER
    199
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    About the author (2009)

    Mark Gatiss writes for the multiaward-winning British television comedy The League of Gentlemen, on which he portrays a debt collector, a cursed veterinarian, a dog cinema owner who has recently branched out into VHS and DVD rentals, and a Knight Rider fan, among many other characters. He also stars in the feature film The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse and has written episodes for the rejuvenated Doctor Who television series. He lives in a laboratory with a stuffed cat.

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