Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

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Quirky and bumbling private investigator Dirk Gently stumbles upon a ghost, millions of years old, wandering the earth and disturbing its people. Dirk soon discovers this phantom yearns for more than a good haunting: it is desperately trying to go back in time to prevent its own death. But this ghost was no ordinary person, and helping it save itself just might change the modern world as we know it. And not in a good way!
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2014
Edition: First Gallery Books trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1987
ISBN: 9781439140611
1439140618
9781476782997
1476782997
Branch Call Number: ADAMS D
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 22 cm
Uniform Title: Holistic detective agency

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thomd
Aug 28, 2015

Read this back when it first came out, but the sequel made a much larger impression on me. Our "detective" does lots of investigating but not much detecting, and doesn't show up until a good ways into the book. After that, the story really gets going, and everything mentioned is for a reason. Loved the ending.

Looking forward to rereading the second book, and then the third, which I hardly remember. Also planning to check out the BBC television show based on this book soon - it was highly rated. As for the book, 3½ stars.

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rswcove
Aug 01, 2015

If you don't give me a character to care about, I won't keep reading. If you don't give a narrative that flows or makes any sort of sense, I won't keep reading to your brilliant finale where it all suddenly makes sense. Sorry, I'm not that tolerant. I have better things to do that slog though unsympathetic characters doing stupid things with unbelievable results in the hope that it will make sense in the end. Nope, I won't even do it for Douglas Adams. Sorry.

Tapirs Mar 29, 2015

Have you ever tried Zen Navigating? It sometimes works, too! Even if it doesn't, you can end up in some pretty odd places.

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sefranklin
Mar 31, 2014

One of my all-time favorite books. Unlike another commenter, I find I can read this over and over. I especially enjoy the way he employs and describes music throughout. Highly recommended!

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sefranklin
Mar 31, 2014

One of my all-time favorite books. Unlike another commenter, I find I can read this over and over. I especially enjoy the way he employs and describes music throughout. Highly recommended!

ocyliora Sep 30, 2013

Another in a series of hilarious books by Adams. He will be missed.

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jdgarcia
Jul 20, 2013

hilarious! (I didn't read this when it first came out so it's new to me.) I didn't find it to be a fast read, however as it is carefully crafted.

escapesaltlake Jul 06, 2012

Light humor, memorable characters, unpredictable. Leaves a few too many things hanging (or unsatisfactorily resolved), but one scene in the end drove me to poetry.

jdneochi Apr 26, 2011

The book is not reminiscent of Adams' humour in Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Nevertheless, it is a worthwhile read.

Dirk Gently is a "holistic detective" that believes in the "interconnectedness of all things." He also primarily uses his agency to find missing cats, which invariably send him to strange and exotic places and even results in him saving the world.

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adularia25
Nov 16, 2010

Hilariously funny yet it really makes you think. It's a mystery novel where every little detail is important and everything comes full circle in the end.

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SPL_STARR Jun 16, 2015

"This time there would be no witnesses."

julianl23 Apr 30, 2014

The first time this happened Steve Mander sat bolt upright in bed. This was shortly before prelim exams in the second year, and what Dirk had just said, or judiciously mumbled, sounded remarkably like a very likely question in the Economic History paper.

apollö Jun 30, 2013

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