The first of the Accomplice books, Only an Alligator introduces Barny Juno and his casual war with Sweeney, Emperor of Cold Hell.
A town which makes even you seem normal, Accomplice is a languid semi-tropical republic which roofs a world of conspiring demons. The simple Barny, friend to chimps and lions, becomes the nemesis of a king demon and must tirelessly ignore the hordes of hell with the help of his friends and mortal enemies.
Is Barny actually any threat to anyone? Will the chefs turn everything to pasta? Where does all the blood go? What happened to Dumbars head? Is the moral fibre fake? Whats the secret of the Church of Automata? Who is Prancer Diego? Whats in Hunts chest? Who will clear away the floor lobsters?
A polychrome soap, a holographic puzzle, a philosophical trip, corrosive relief from the blandness of the times, the Accomplice books are above all an excuse to just hang around there.
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a hugely impressive example of outrageous literary wit and uncommon good sense, demonstrating once more that Aylett is the coolest writer alive today
Accomplice is a non-stop assault of gags, ouright sick moments and sharp observations on human foibles. Bizarre and brilliant.
If Aylett isnt on drugs, then his mind must be either fantastically psychedelic or scarily unhinged ... The Terry Southern/Philip K Dick/Tom Wolfe pile-up of hallucinogenic plotting and gonzo beatnik writing style of his previous novels might provide some advance warning, but in his latest Aylett goes the whole hog ...
It reads like a latter-day Alice in Wonderland, or perhaps a novelization of a long-lost Monty Python screenplay. Aylett pulls out all the stops for this one ...
For those looking for wilder, intense entertainments - and those who, like some of the characters, have their brains outside their skulls - a visit to Accomplice might be just the thing.
The Accomplice Series:
Only an Alligator
The Velocity Gospel
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