Winner of the 2023 Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction, Dr. No is the spy thriller reinvented with Percival Everett's typical biting satire.
Wala Kitu is a professor of mathematics at Brown University, specialising in nothing. Kitu is content with nothing – studying it, having it, doing it – until his research places him in the sights of billionaire and would-be Bond villain John Sill, who enlists the professor’s help to steal a deposit of nothing from Fort Knox and use it to reduce the United States of America to nothing.
Sill wants vengeance for another act of all-American villainy: the murder of his father, a witness to the state-sanctioned assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. His mission is everything: ‘This country has never given anything to us and it never will.'
There’s nobody else quite like him, with his mash of ideas, chaos, satire and frivolity.
The Financial Times
A great deal of fun, and Everett gets a lot of comic mileage out of his narrator’s affectless reactions to the increasingly absurd situations he finds himself in . . . Everett is always up to something interesting.
Clever, funny and mercilessly satirical.