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303 pp. 8vo. First Printing. Gift condition, tight and unread. Dust jacket is protected with a Brodart archival cover.
From the internationally acclaimed author of A Samba for Sherlock, a delicious romp through the twentieth century with literature's most hapless assassin.
It's the story of Dimitri Korozec, who is born with two extra index fingers, and whose schemes to eliminate all the world's tyrants are foiled by his extreme clumsiness. The tone is set with Dimitri's first assignment: to assassinate Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo. Unfortunately his fingers get stuck in his gun and someone else gets to start World War I. From there it's on to such places as Rio (where he introduces the Spanish Flu), Chicago (where his goof enables Bugs Moran to escape the St. Valentine's Day Massacre), and Miami (where he inadvertently saves FDR instead of killing him). Along the way, bit players -- Mata Hari, Marie Curie, Picasso, George Raft, Al Capone, and many more -- add to the uncanny coincidences and inspired zaniness.