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Please Do Not Ask for Mercy as a Refusal Often Offends

Paul Bassett Davies



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01 October 2020
Detective Kilroy is assigned to investigate a horrible murder. He's a fine cop, from the brim of his hat to the soles of his brogues, but his inquiries, far from solving the mystery, lead him into a deeper one - and to Cynthia, an enigmatic woman with a secret that could overturn Kilroy's entire world.

But where is this world? It seems both familiar and uncanny, with electric cars, but no digital devices, and the audience for a public execution arriving by tram. Meanwhile, the seas are retreating, and the Church exerts an iron grip on society - and history. Power belongs to those who control the narrative.

Kilroy is forced to take sides between the Kafkaesque state that pays his wages, and the truth-seekers striving to destroy it, all the while becoming increasingly besotted with a woman who may only love him for his mind - in an alarmingly literal way.

Please Do Not Ask for Mercy as a Refusal Often Offends is a dystopian satire that manages to be funny and frightening in equal measure.
By:   Paul Bassett Davies
Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781785631856
ISBN 10:   1785631853
Pages:   420
Publication Date:   01 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Bassett Davies contributed to many of the most successful radio and TV shows of the Eighties and Nineties, writing for Spitting Image, Rory Bremner and Jasper Carrott. He wrote the screenplay for the 2005 feature animation film The Magic Roundabout and has written and produced music videos with Kate Bush and Ken Russell. He is a former creative director of the London Comedy Writers Festival. His first novel, Utter Folly, topped Amazon's humorous fiction chart when it was published in 2012. His second novel, Dead Writers in Rehab, was published by Unbound in 2017.

Reviews for Please Do Not Ask for Mercy as a Refusal Often Offends

'Echoes of Douglas Adams at his more mischievous. Top marks for originality and subversive humour' - Maxim Jakubowski, Crime Time, 'It's pretty dark, but like the best comedic writing, makes you laugh by mugging you with something extraordinary after the mundane, or the other way around. It questions power, propaganda and corruption, while maintaining emotional intelligence. It's also bloody funny' - Jan Woolf, International Times

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