Published: Lightning Books (May 2020)

ISBN: 9781785631856

Please Do Not Ask for Mercy as a Refusal Often Offends

Paul Bassett Davies


A darkly comic dystopian crime novel

Detective Kilroy is assigned to investigate a horrible murder. He’s a fine cop, from the brim of his hat to the soles of his brogues, but his inquiries, far from solving the mystery, lead him into a deeper one – and to Cynthia, an enigmatic woman with a secret that could overturn Kilroy’s entire world.

But where is this world? It seems both familiar and uncanny, with electric cars, but no digital devices, and the audience for a public execution arriving by tram. Meanwhile, the seas are retreating, and the Church exerts an iron grip on society – and history. Power belongs to those who control the narrative.

Kilroy is forced to take sides between the Kafkaesque state that pays his wages, and the truth-seekers striving to destroy it, all the while becoming increasingly besotted with a woman who may only love him for his mind – in an alarmingly literal way.

Please Do Not Ask for Mercy as a Refusal Often Offends is a dystopian satire that manages to be funny and frightening in equal measure.

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Praise for Paul Bassett Davies:

‘Mordantly funny… Poe would have enjoyed it’ Stephen King

‘Dark, dirty, warm and funny’ Jeremy Hardy

‘Very funny’ Jack Dee




Paul Bassett Davies

After being thrown out of one of Britain’s most prestigious theatre schools, Paul Bassett Davies formed his own multimedia performance company, was the vocalist in an anarchy-surrealist punk band and then turned to comedy writing.

He contributed to many of the most successful radio and TV shows of the Eighties and Nineties, writing for Spitting Image, Rory Bremner and Jasper Carrott. He wrote a BBC radio sitcom with Jeremy Hardy and an award-winning show with Griff Rhys Jones and Graeme Garden called Do Go On, which he also produced. His radio plays have starred Bill Nighy, David Hemmings, Alison Steadman and Martin Clunes.

He wrote the screenplay for the 2005 feature animation film The Magic Roundabout and has written and produced  music videos with Kate Bush and Ken Russell. He is a former creative director of the London Comedy Writers Festival.

His first novel Utter Folly topped Amazon’s humorous fiction chart when it was published in 2012. His second novel, Dead Writers in Rehab, was published by Unbound in 2017.

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