and Jeeves and Wooster
fame) novel about a fat, alcoholic, theater critic named Ted Wallace who is tipped off by a friend about some strange goings-on at a the family estate of Wallace's teenaged godson
. The friend claims that she has been miraculously cured of cancer by the godson, but declines to say how, and urges Wallace to go see for himself what's happening.
Wallace sets out to determine what's going on and travels to the estate -- his godson happens to be the son of a multibillionaire -- and finds a group of people who have showed up to be cured of a variety of ailments.
Fry is an engaging and intelligent writer, and this book was a bestseller in the United Kingdom. This is one of the best books I've read in the past several years -- I liked it enough not to give away the entire plot here, but I'll add that there's plenty of sex and Fry plays on some pretty cool archetypes of religion and healing.