About The Book
Terry Southern was an acclaimed satirist of American culture, the writer responsible for Candy and the screenplay of Dr. Strangelove. In Flash and Filigree, he delivered an outrageously funny commentary on the dark side of our national life.
One Frederick Eichner, world-renowned dermatologist, is visited by the entrancingly irritating Mr. Felix Treevly, who comes to him as a patient and stays as an obsession. Mr. Treevly leads the doctor into a series of hilarious and increasingly weird situations, which, with the assistance of a drunken private detective, a mad judge, a car crash, and a hashish party, finally drive him to mayhem. A wild whirlwind of a novel, Flash and Filigree is a work of comic genius from one of the wittiest writers of our time.
“The airless, slightly torpid climate of suburban Los Angeles, and the speech of its natives, is rendered with arresting vividness. Equally compelling are the reactions of his bizarre protagonists.” —The New York Times
“Flash and Filigree has an unfailing sense of the ridiculous, heightened by deadpan delivery.” —Time
“A coolly mad book written in dancing prose, Flash and Filigree is startlingly original.” —Detroit Sunday Times