Review: The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death is my first book by Charlie Huston.  It will not be my last.  This was an incredibly fun read, although I’m not really sure why that was the case.  It’s a novel full of horrible things happening to broken people, and no one in the book is more damaged than the protagonist, Web Goodhue.

Web is an apprentice crime scene cleaner and professional asshole.  However, both of those jobs are recent developments in his life and Huston does a phenominal job of showing just how Web got to be that way.  Much of the book is focused on Web attempting to come to terms with his past, desperately hoping for some sort of catharsis.

And did I mention there’s a pretty good crime story in here too?  Web’s very first job as a cleaner leads him down the rabbit hole into a world of competing guilds, redneck hijackers, and this being set in L.A., the dark side of Hollywood.  It’s a neat little plot that keeps the book moving without ever getting in the way of the study into Web’s character.

Advertisements
Explore posts in the same categories: Reviews

Tags: , ,

You can comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: