Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is the first in the Dirk Gently trilogy, the slightly less well-known series by Douglas Adams. Like Hitchhikers, this book feels completely random and scattered and yet completely connected (which is a very appropriate phrase considering Dirk Gently’s belief in the, ‘interconnectedness of all things’).
I haven’t come across another author who achieves this cohesive randomness quite like Adams does. The book starts out introducing you to the most bizarre assortment of characters each in a rather mundane situation and then somewhere along the line all the threads meet and intertwine in to this curious tapestry of oddities and intrigues. Adams proves Dirk’s belief in the interconnectedness of all things by showing the readers it is in fact an actuality.
Keeping in true Adams fashion, the whole book was steeped in distinctly British humor, very understated in its pure ridiculousness and constantly presenting even the most perplexing situation in the most matter-of-fact ways. The characters, while not fleshed out in a more traditional way throughout the book, are each still unique and their differences in personality interact well with the other players in the book.
Dirk Gently wont appeal to all readers. Fans of Adams: for sure. Widely read sci-fi fans: probably. Lovers of British humor: most likely. I personally am looking forward to more of Dirk Gently’s adventures. Next stop: The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.