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Author: Fred Van Lente Narrator: J. D. Jackson Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2017 ISBN: 9781536663822
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Fred Van Lente’s brilliant debut is both an 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!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Could possibly become, in its own way, as much of a classic as the novel it honors.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Looking for a hilarious whodunit? Fred Van Lente’s got you covered with Ten Dead Comedians, a mystery that skewers the world of stand-up comedy.”


  • “Van Lente’s look at the selfishness and misery of show business is sure to be a hit with mystery lovers who savor unusual setups; the side of snark provided by the bitter islanders adds to the atmosphere.”


  • “A nifty twist at the end completes this black-humored and cutting-edge homage to Christie’s And Then There Were None…The grisly plotting is strong, as is some of the language.”

    Library Journal

  • BookPage Top Pick for July 2017

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About the Author

Fred Van Lente is the New York Times bestselling author of Marvel Zombies, Incredible Hercules, Odd Is on Our Side, as well as the American Library Association award-winning Action Philosophers. His original graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens, cowritten with Andrew Foley, is the basis for the major motion picture starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

About the Narrator

J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.