'“Here's one you won't get – a paradox. 'A' states that everything 'B' says is a lie. 'B' states that everything 'A' says is true.” … “Easy. A and B are lying and mistaken, both and simultaneously. Happens all the time.”'
About to quit the failed experiment of civilisation, fake detective Taffy Atom is detained by one last case – a boy with a bomb in his mind. But what's the trigger?
Against a backdrop of buildings the colour of dried blood and a formaldehyde sky above streets filled with cars on their side billowing with smoke, Atom is pursued by cops, mobsters, mercenaries and a mechanical swan. He carries the bomb and trigger through Beerlight City, the single holdout of creative mischief in a world overtaken by the trend-led Fadlands.
By the relentless principles of gun karma Aylett's final Beerlight book lands you in the Delayed Reaction Bar and fixes you a glass of antifreeze with everything in it. Listen to your heart. It will not stop slowly.
'The most original and most consciousness-altering living writer in the English language, not to mention one of the funniest. In Novahead Aylett delivers his most searing work to date and comes up with noir fiction so black it's fluorescent.'
'A phenomenal talent'
'The sheer exuberance and inventiveness that can take a sentence, twist it through an unfathomable angle, and layer on meanings and associations that enrich the text. There's a real sense of Aylett's joy in playing with words, a sense of fun, that is still mingled with acute observation.'
'So successful is Aylett at blending comedy with narrative that you'll find yourself pausing frequently until you can stop laughing.'