I'm a fan of John Hustons other two books. This book just wasn't as good.
I think the problem is that I couldn't relate to the main character. He was disturbed by a trauma and his way of dealing with it just didn't make sense.
If profanity bothers you (doesn't bother me) than stay away from this book.
I also suggest that you listen to an excerpt first.
Overall the book was good but not great.
I noticed that this audible book is no longer available. What a shame. I say buy the book. It was my intro to Huston. And hooked I was. Straight on to the Joe Pitt series, and finally Sleepless--another stand alone novel. I have read all of Huston's full-length novels, including the paper versions of the Hank Thompson trilogy. Problem is, now that I've exhausted all Huston's books, it's tough to find other mystery writing that grabs me as much as Huston's. (OK...the original Millenium Trilogy, except they're nothing alike). I would read another Adrian McKinty or Tana French in a heartbeat, but have read all those too, some more than once. But there is something very unique about Huston. His plotting is very good and often graphically violent, his writing is witty, dark, cynical and a bit twisted. His main characters are complex, very screwed up, and often at the whim of bizarre circumstances. His books, to me, are hard to put down once started. And this book, The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, was what started it.
If you are someone offended by the profligate use of curses, don't bother. If you accept irreverent humor, this is great!
The main character is a immature loser who stays that way through the whole book. Nothing profound, deep, or amusing, simply shallow self-indulgence. Couldn't care less of the protagonist lived or died. Kept hoping it would get better but gave up at 2/3 through - don't waste your money!
My reaction to this audiobook is the opposite of many other reviews. I enjoyed the opening chapter of the book, but as it progressed, I moved from interest, to plain curiosity of where it was going (with no emotional investment in the characters), to mild discomfort (particularly with the obnoxious character, Jaimie) to just wanting the thing to be over. The plot is predictable, the characters poorly drawn at best (irritating at worst), and the pace is tedious.
I came across this as "also liked" on the page of a Christopher Moore book, and can't figure out how that could be. Huston is not half the writer Moore is.