New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore
channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in this satiric Venetian
gothic featuring the irresistibly mischievous Pocket, the eponymous hero of
Venice, a really long time ago. Three
prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the
erstwhile envoy from the Queen of Britain who also happens to be a favorite of
the Doge: the rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters—the merchant,
Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago— have
lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising evening of spirits and debauchery
with a rare Amontillado sherry and Branbantio’s beautiful daughter, Portia.
Their invitation is, of
course, bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isn’t even in the city limits.
Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man who has consistently
foiled their quest for power and wealth, they have lured him to his death. But
this Fool is no fool … and he’s got more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
Once again, Christopher Moore delivers a
rousing literary satire: a dramedy mash-up rich with delights, including (but
not limited to): foul plots; counterplots; true love; jealousy; murder;
betrayal; revenge; codpieces; a pound of flesh; occasional debauchery; and
water (lots of water). Not to mention a cast Shakespeare himself would be proud
of: Shylock; Iago; Othello; a trio of comely wenches; the brilliant Fool; his
large sidekick, Drool; Jeff, the pet monkey; a lovesick sea serpent; and a
ghost (yes, there’s always a bloody ghost). Download and start listening now!