Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987) – Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams is always bound to entertain, and as I dug into the story of Dirk Gently, I knew this one was going to be a ride.

I read this one when it first came out, it ended up in my stocking or as a Christmas present. I never understood it, my mom would keep getting me Douglas Adams books though she herself wasn’t always the biggest fan of British humour.

While indulging in the same sense of playfulness that filled his brilliant, and laugh-filled Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy five-part trilogy, the story and characters play out a little differently this time.

But it’s a heck of a ride, and I quite like the character of Dirk, it’s impossible not to like him actually.

It’s amazing watching all the disparate threads of the story get tied together not to mention in the way that Dirk does it. The connections are hilarious and entertaining, and you can’t help but be drawn into the story; a tale that features ghosts, a stuck sofa, computer programming, an electric monk, a horse in a bathroom, coincidences aplenty, aliens.


Adams was such a fantastic storyteller, and he crafts thing so well, with lots of laughs, fascinating characters, and a cool detective. My biggest problem is that it took way too long to introduce him. Yes he gets mentioned fairly early on, but from the first hint of him, I couldn’t wait for him to take the stage.

Still, there was a lot of things to set up, and things to establish.

I wanted to make sure I read the original story before I dig into the series on Netflix, although from the trailer, it doesn’t look like it has tons to do with this story, but has incorporated some of the ideas and characters from the Adam’s creation.

I will say this, Samuel Barnett who plays Dirk in the series, actually seems suited to the part and his delivery is exactly how I heard Dirk in my head when I was reading the novel.

Much like my previous experiences with Adams prose, I occasionally guffawed in public and on the transit, eliciting the occasional odd look. With a book like this, you could try and tell the cause of the laughter, but the conversation would probably end up being longer and odder than either party would want.

Now, having put this tale behind me, I think I’m ready to dig into the series… what are your thoughts on it?

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