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Kyril Bonfiglioli

UK flag (1929 - 1985)

Kyril Bonfiglioli was variously an art dealer, editor, and writer.

He wrote four books featuring Charlie Mortdecai, three of which were published in his lifetime, and one posthumously as completed by the satirist Craig Brown. Charlie Mortdecai is the fictional art dealer anti-hero of the series. His character resembles, among other things, an amoral Bertie Wooster with occasional psychopathic tendencies. His books are still in print and have been translated into several different languages including Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese.

Bonfiglioli's style and novel structure have often been favourably compared to that of P. G. Wodehouse. Mortdecai and his manservant Jock Strapp bear a fun-house mirror relation to Wodehouse's Wooster and Jeeves. The author makes a nod to this comparison by having Mortdecai reference Wodehouse in the novels.
1. Don't Point That Thing at Me (1973)
     aka Mortdecai's Endgame
2. Something Nasty in the Woodshed (1976)
3. After You With the Pistol (1979)
4. The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery (1996) (with Craig Brown)
The Mortdecai Trilogy (omnibus) (1991)
The Mortdecai ABC (1999) (with Margaret Bonfiglioli)
Anthologies edited