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Ten Dead Comedians

(2017)
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Fred Van Lente’s brilliant debut is both a savagely funny 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!

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Fred Van Lente delivers an Agatha Christie twisty mystery filled with all the cruel, horrible, and violent deaths that only stand-up comedians truly deserve." - Grady Hendrix

"Original, funny, and - like all great comedians - Van Lente slays the audience." - David Quantick

"Spinal Tap meets Agatha Christie. I loved it." - Martyn Waites

"Fred van Lente takes an old idea and drags it kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. So assured, so fresh and so inventive, it's hard to believe this is his first novel." - Kevin Wignall


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Used availability for Fred Van Lente's Ten Dead Comedians

Hardback Editions

November 2017 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Ten Dead Comedians (Thorndike Press Large Print Mystery)
Author(s): Fred Van Lente
ISBN: 1-4328-4324-9 / 978-1-4328-4324-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery
Author(s): Fred Van Lente
ISBN: 1-59474-974-4 / 978-1-59474-974-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Quirk Books
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Paperback Editions

June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery
Author(s): Fred Van Lente
ISBN: 1-68369-036-2 / 978-1-68369-036-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Quirk Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


July 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery
Author(s): Fred van Lente
ISBN: 1-68369-022-2 / 978-1-68369-022-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Quirk Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

July 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery
Author(s): Fred Van Lente
ISBN: 1-5366-6383-2 / 978-1-5366-6383-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery
Author(s): Fred Van Lente
ISBN: 1-5366-6385-9 / 978-1-5366-6385-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Ten Dead Comedians
Author(s): Fred Van Lente
ISBN: 1-5366-6384-0 / 978-1-5366-6384-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery
Author(s): Fred Van Lente
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


July 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery
Author(s): Fred Van Lente
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery
Author(s): Fred Van Lente
Publisher: Quirk Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU