Archer's GoonDiana Wynne Jones
fantasy, young adult
World Fantasy Award nominee 1985.
The trouble started when Howard Sykes came home from school and found the Goon sitting in the kitchen and preventing Fifi from making the tea. He'd come to collect for Archer, he said - Howard's father had got behind with his payments and he'd better deliver fast. Archer wanted his two thousand now. ' "Two thousand!" Fifi exclaimed. "You never told me that!" "Who is Archer?" said Howard.' As Howard desperately attempts to unravel the mystery, he discovers a ruthless plot to take over the world. Events move to a truly stupendous conclusion for all concerned, in this magnificently inventive and hilarious novel by a prize-winning author.
Diana Wynne Jones (1934–2011) was a British writer, principally of fantasy novels for children and adults, as well as a small amount of non-fiction. Some of her better-known works include the Chrestomanci series and the novels Howl's Moving Castle and Dark Lord of Derkholm.