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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

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1987
1988
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© 1987 by Douglas Adams
to my mother,
who liked the bit about the horse
This time there would be no witnesses.
May contain spoilers
He put on his hat and left for the day.
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Synopsis* (may contain spoilers)
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is a comedic novel by Douglas Adams, the author of the famous Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. The book was first published in 1987 and follows the adventures of Dirk Gently, a self-proclaimed holistic detective, as he solves a bizarre case involving time travel, ghosts, and the end of the world.

The story begins with Richard MacDuff, a software engineer entering his apartment, only to find that it has been completely ransacked. He is later contacted by his old college acquaintance Dirk Gently, who claims to be a holistic detective and offers his services to help Richard solve his case. While Richard is skeptical at first, Dirk convinces him that his approach to detecting involves looking at all aspects of a situation, including the seemingly unrelated ones, to find the underlying connections.

As the investigation begins, Dirk and Richard become entangled in a web of bizarre events, including time travel, ghosts, and creatures from another dimension. They soon discover that a ghost, who believes he is the reincarnation of a horse, is haunting Richard's apartment because he is searching for a missing rhinoceros he connected with on a spiritual level. Dirk realizes that this rhinoceros is a vital piece of evidence for solving Richard's case and sets out to locate it.

Meanwhile, a group of time travelers from the future is also involved in the case. They are searching for a device called the "time machine", which they believe will help them save the world from destruction. However, their actions in the past create a series of paradoxes that threaten to cause a catastrophic ripple effect through time.

As the story progresses, Dirk and Richard are joined by a variety of quirky and eccentric characters, including a Cambridge professor who can predict the future, an electric monk who believes in things for people who can't believe them for themselves, and a holistic "ghost house" created by a machine powered by the nothingness in between molecules. Together, they work to unravel the various strands of the case and prevent the end of the world.

Throughout the novel, Adams employs his signature humor and wit to satirize various aspects of modern society and culture, from the world of technology to the absurdities of bureaucracy. The story also explores themes of interconnectedness and the interconnectedness of all things, as Dirk's holistic detective work relies on the idea that everything is connected in some way.

In conclusion, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is a hilarious and surreal romp of a book that defies easy categorization. With its blend of science fiction, humor, and social commentary, it remains a beloved classic of the genre to this day.

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Added: 29-Dec-2002
Last Updated: 22-Mar-2023

Publications

 01-May-1988
Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback
In my libraryI read this editionOrder from amazon.comHas a cover imageBook Edition Cover
Date Issued:
Cir 01-May-1988
Format:
Mass Market Paperback
Cover Price:
$4.50
Pages*:
306
Read:
Once
Internal ID:
221
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-671-66063-2
ISBN-13:
978-0-671-66063-5
Printing:
1
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Alan Daniels  - Cover Artist
Bo Daniels  - Cover Artist
"DIRK GENTLY'S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY
BY DOUGLAS ADAMS IS THE SKATEBOARD ON WHICH THE THINKING PERSON PLAYS HOOKY FROM THE UNIVERSE..."
- Philadelphia Inquirer

There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it.  But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time-traveller, AND...  the devastating secret of humankind!

DETECTIVE GENTLY'S BILL FOR SAVING HUMAN RACE FROM EXTINCTION:  NO CHARGE

Bestselling author Douglas Adams revs up his wit to warp-speed in his latest ghost/horror/detective/time-travel/romantic comedy epic, teetering once again "on the fringe of inspired lunacy!"
- United Press International

"ANYONE WHO RELISHES A HILARIOUS AND IRREVERENT BIT OF LUNACY WILL GREET WITH DELIGHT THIS NEW NOVEL BY THE AUTHOR OF THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY."
- San Diego Union

OVER 8 MILLION DOUGLAS ADAMS BOOKS IN PRINT
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Book Cover
Notes and Comments:
First Pocket Books printing May 1988
First printing per number line

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Author(s)

Douglas Adams  
Birth: 11 Mar 1952 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Death: 11 May 2001 Santa Barbara, California, USA

Notes:
Douglas Noel Adams was born in Cambridge on March 11, 1952.  He went to school at Brentwood School, Essex and St John's College, Cambridge.  In 1974 he gained an MA in English Literature.

He started writing at Cambridge.  Some of his earlier writings were featured on the radio.  He went on from radio to become the script editor of Doctor Who where he wrote a couple of stories for the Tom Baker incarnation of the Doctor (4th Doctor).  He wrote The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy which was comissioned and aired as a radio series in March 1978.  Since then it has been transformed into a series of best-selling novels, a television series, records, cassettes and CDs, a computer game and several stage adaptations.

In 1991 he married Jane Elizabeth Belson and leaves a daughter, Polly Jane Rocket.  Douglas Adams died suddenly of a heart attack on May 11, 2001

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