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The Company of Knaves: A Philip Fletcher Mystery

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A book by Simon Shaw

Well-known British actor Philip Fletcher, of acid tongue and vaulting ambition, trades his investigative services for the promise of a knighthood. Fletcher, among the last to see old reprobate (and famous actor) Seymour Loseby alive, believes that he … see full wiki

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Author: Simon Shaw
Publisher: Minotaur Books
1 review about The Company of Knaves: A Philip Fletcher...

Funny book in very cad taste

  • Sep 2, 2000
Philip Fletcher is in serious trouble. His friend and fellow actor, Seymour Loseby, died suddenly, and a volume of his diaries is missing. Seymour's son, a government minister and rising star in the political establishment, has received a threat to publish its contents unless paid a hundred thousand pounds. He turns to Fletcher to act as go-between.

But the black-hearted actor has powerful reasons of his own to recover the missing volume. Now nearing the end of his career, he hopes not only to get a knighthood out of it from the grateful minister, but to suppress the contents of the missing book, which contained details of Philip's unsavory involvement in a couple of murders.

Philip's knightly quest draws him into a world of transvestite nightclubs and gangsters, and the aging actor has to draw on all his thespian skills, with an assist from blackmail and the occasional murder, to survive.

"The Company of Knaves" contains more than a whiff of the theater's greasepaint, and author Simon Shaw, flings acid-tinged darts thrown with great glee at actors and actresses, entertainers, and just about everything British. Amid this filthy world of cynicism and violence, Fletcher is still a trouper at heart, and the show must go on no matter what.

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