The Corpse of Gordon Way

Title

The Corpse of Gordon Way

Subject

Detective Fiction: Genre Elements

Description

Within the first few chapters of the novel, the owner of WayForward Technologies II, Gordon Way, is shot mysteriously for no reason. However, his death fulfills an enormous portion of the story's structure: it is the crime that brings the main client, Richard MacDuff, to the peculiar character of Dirk Gently. At first, it seems that their meeting too is just a strange coincidence, but is actually part of the fundamental interconnectedness of all things.

Although the death of Gordon Way is not the main focal point of crime in Adams's story, it is still an important component. In fact, the main problem in this story is much more complex, including a time machine, old Romantic poetry, and missing cats. Plus, Gordon becomes a ghost, and plays a larger role in the story -- he is a major catalyst of the conflict in the narrative. 

"He put the telephone down on the seat beside him, pulled over to the grass verge and got out. As he went to the boot, it opened, a figure rose out of it, shot him through the chest with both barrels of a shotgun and then went about its business."

Source

Adams, Douglas. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Pocket Books, 1987. Print.

Publisher

Douglas Adams

Date

Unknown

Contributor

Kaitlin Schneider

Format

Online Image. JPEG.

Type

Person

Birth Date

Unknown

Occupation

CEO of WayForward Technologies II

Files

gordon way image.jpg

Citation

“The Corpse of Gordon Way,” The Museum of Fictional Literary Artifacts, accessed January 28, 2023, https://mfla.omeka.net/items/show/310.