Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery (Hardcover)

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This book kills! A murder mystery modeled on the Agatha Christie classic And Then There Were None, this book is a fun read for fans of both old school mysteries and contemporary stand-up comedy. Comedy fans will recognize characters based on current comedians we love and a couple we love to hate. The book takes plenty of time to send up their lives and careers - each comic even gets a few pages to "perform" their act - but the book stays true to the mystery genre, delivering dark surprises and a final twist on which character gets to live long enough to have the last laugh.

— Chris Lee


Fred Van Lente's brilliant debut is both an homage to the Golden Age of Mystery and a thoroughly contemporary show-business satire.

As the story opens, nine comedians of various acclaim are summoned to the island retreat of legendary Hollywood funnyman Dustin Walker. The group includes a former late-night TV host, a washed-up improv instructor, a ridiculously wealthy "blue collar" comic, and a past-her-prime Vegas icon. All nine arrive via boat to find that every building on the island is completely deserted. Marooned without cell phone service or wifi signals, they soon find themselves being murdered one by one. But who is doing the killing, and why?

A darkly clever take on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None and other classics of the genre, Ten Dead Comedians is a marvel of literary ventriloquism, with hilarious comic monologues in the voice of every suspect. It's also an ingeniously plotted puzzler with a twist you'll never see coming.

About the Author

Fred Van Lente is the #1 New York Times best-selling writer of the comics Odd Is on Our Side, Archer & Armstrong, and Action Philosophers! He also cowrote the graphic novel Cowboys and Aliens, which was made into a film starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594749742
ISBN-10: 1594749744
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English