"For Six, Part Five": Jarvis Poker has just been given news by his doctor that his condition is terminal and he has only weeks left to live. Whilst at home watching Knight and Squire on the Jonathan Ross show, the host makes an unkind comment about Jarvis being a cheap American knock off of
Appearing in "For Six, Part Five"
- Fabulous Boater Man (Flashback only)
- Guardian Angels (Flashback only)
- Jonathan Ross (On a TV or computer screen)
- Mechanic (Flashback only)
- Settler IV (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "For Six, Part Five"
Jarvis Poker has just been given news by his doctor that his condition is terminal and he has only weeks left to live. Whilst at home watching Knight and Squire on the Jonathan Ross show, the host makes an unkind comment about Jarvis being a cheap American knock off of the real Joker. This angers Jarvis and prompts him go into action.
A post office robbery, a car jacking and a bank raid all just succeed in amusing Jarvis's "victims". Knight and Squire wonder why this sudden change in behaviour when Jarvis previously had too much taste to commit actual crimes. Squire thinks back to her last talk with Jarvis at the Time in a Bottle and deduces, using her communication powers, that Jarvis is dying and these incidents are his "last hurrah".
Later, the duo are interviewed on a television show about Jarvis's whimsical "crime wave". Knight warns the public to take them seriously and states his belief that Jarvis Poker is plotting the crime of the century. Watching at home Jarvis is over joyed to be taken seriously. True to Knight's word the "super criminal" plants cryptic clues on various bridges across the country, each referencing a different obscure song.
The news media interview fellow old timer The Milkman about Jarvis' campaign of fear. He retorts that he always been about good humour and larks than actual crime. Pointing out he even stared in a silly children's comic many years ago. The comic then cuts to a two page Beano-style strip with Jarvis helping out an old granny against a ruthless businessman. He dresses up and using his bag of tricks to save the day in campy fashion.
Hank reports to Knight that a fourth bridge has been daubed with a song title and highlighting all the bridges on the map. Squire surmises his target will be Lincoln.
The Lincoln Arts Centre is the host to this years Britovision song contest which Jarvis has taken hostage live on television. Knight and Squire suddenly swing on to the stage to arrest Jarvis, calling him a "powerful and infamous super villain" in front of his hostages. But Jarvis says he is having too much fun and has "one more bridge to cross" before making his escape.
Later in London, on top of Tower Bridge, Jarvis is awaiting the arrival of his blimp so he can begin dying the entire Thames river purple (like his hair). Unfortunately he is spotted by Shrike, who is not in on the ruse, and believes Jarvis to be a genuine threat. Whilst they are trying to sort it out, Shrike is suddenly shot dead and plummets into the river. Jarvis turns to see the real Joker brandishing a smoking pistol. It seems his current crime spree has caught his American counterpart's attention and the Joker is intent on showing Jarvis how it is really done.
- This book was first published on February 9, 2011.
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