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.
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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.