Gatiss, Mark. The Devil in Amber: A Lucifer Box Novel. 2006. New York: Scribner, 2007. Summary
: Lucifer Box
. During a trip to the United States, Lucifer Box is told to infiltrate the fascist group led by Olympus Mons. But as it turns out Mons is more interested in freeing the Devil than purifying the race, and he needs Lucifer to fulfill the prophecy. Fortunately, this means that Lucifer can also foil his plot--which he does by "making himself alone in the world" (i.e. killing his sister). Comments
: After thoroughly enjoying the first of the Lucifer Box parody mystery novels, The Vesuvius Club
, I was most looking forward to the subsequent volume...though I was quite willing to wait until I could get it remaindered. I'm glad I did and did not pay something approximating full price for it; this book was so terribly disappointing! Too much revelation early on and waaaay too much at the end is the sort of plot that fails to hold my interest. And Lucifer's voice, which oozes along so smoothly in the first novel just sounds tired and overstrained here. You couldn't ever take him *ahem* straight, but you don't even like
him anymore. Meanwhile, his antagonist Mons was a tiresome, one-dimensional villain and bully who checked his Awesomely Evil Factor at the door. I was also especially unimpressed with Lucifer's (mostly sexual) relations with the stereotypical damsel in distress Agnes and his apparent lack of regret over the murder of his sister Pandora (who, to my mind, didn't deserve her fate...she underestimated Lucifer, which I suppose is the ultimate sin in this world). But by far worst of all, the humor was a empty as everything else. I didn't laugh once. Notes
: trade paperback, 1st American edition Rating
- Don't bother, even if you're a fan of Gatiss' other endeavors. 'Cause if you are, it'll just hurt worse.