As plain-clothes men go, Dangerous Davies looks like a non-starter. The small fry of petty larceny and minor disturbances in the backwaters of north-west London are his daily round. His philosophising Welsh drinking companion Mod, his outsized and unruly dog Kitty, his quarrels with his landlady Mrs Fulljames - none of these bodes well for the efficient solving of crimes and the outwitting of villainy.
But Davies is encouraged by his beautiful friend, Jemma, and every so often he stumbles upon something really big.
©2001 Leslie Thomas (P)2009 Random House Audio
This book is so funny, politically incorrect and a great story. You can tell that it is set a few years ago, the character of Dangerous Davies is an excellent creation. He comes across as a total pessimist but you can't help but want him to catch the person responsible for the murder. The other character's are also excellently created and feel like people we have all come across. I loved it
This book is hilarious, so much better than the TV series (which after seeing the first episode, I didn't bother with again). Brilliant to listen to on a long car journey with no children. I first listened to this book years ago on tape when it was narrated by Bernard Cribbins and I cried with laughter. Mr. Cribbins is my preferred narrator but Alexander John makes a fair job of it. The characters are wonderful and the plot darkly comical.
"Memorable characters, great humor, superb reader."
Flawed, hysterical protagonist.
I don't know of any other series of detective/mystery books that have made me downright giggle as much as Dangerous Davies. In spite of a story dealing with the serious pursuit of a murderer, and without detracting from the gravity and sadness of the loss of a young life, Leslie Thomas manages to keep his readers laughing.
I have never listened to any other of Alexander John's performances but I so look forward to his reading more of the Dangerous Davies novels. Having already read the book in print, as well as watched the tv series based on Thomas' characters, I had a pretty good notion of what Davies should "sound" like. Yet John exceeded my expectations and gave Davies the perfect voice.
This will be my go-to listen when I'm in need of a good laugh.
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