“The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death”

February 20, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Posted in Fiction | 1 Comment

I reserved The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death without realizing it was by Charlie Huston.  When I saw the cover, I broke into a grin, because I had enjoyed The Shotgun Rule so much I knew I was in for a treat.  Huston has an unparalleled ability to write about grim subjects and hardcore violence with real humor.

Can you really call it noir when it cracks you up?  I think Huston definitely comes from a noir tradition, but he’s carved his own niche.

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death refers to the profession of cleaning buildings after someone has died in them.  Be warned that there are some – whew! – incredibly graphic scenes in this book.  CSI fans will adore it, though.  Another original, almost sinfully enjoyable novel by Charlie Huston, it will leave you more than ready for his next.

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  1. I’ve heard good things about The Shotgun Rule. Have to give Huston a look-see, sounds like!


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