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The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death | [Charlie Huston]

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

Webster Fillmore Goodhue has found temporary work as one of the mop-up crew for the Los Angeles County crime division. In other words, he cleans up grisly crime scenes for the cops. When the daughter of a recent Malibu suicide victim asks for his help cleaning up after her brother has gotten into a little trouble, every cell in Web's brain is telling him to turn her down. But she's very attractive, and before he knows it, he's well on his way to getting his face kicked in.
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Webster Fillmore Goodhue has found temporary work as one of the mop-up crew for the Los Angeles County crime division. In other words, he cleans up grisly crime scenes for the cops. When the daughter of a recent Malibu suicide victim asks for his help cleaning up after her brother has gotten into a little trouble, every cell in Web's brain is telling him to turn her down. But she's very attractive, and before he knows it, he's well on his way to getting his face kicked in, facing down some gun-toting LA cowboys, and hanging on for dear life. And that's only the beginning.

©2009 Charles Huston; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of his generation's finest and hippest talents..." (Publishers Weekly)
"[ runaway freight that feels like a combination of William Burroughs and James Ellroy....Fiercely original...." (Stephen King)

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    Carolyn Glen Mills, PA, USA 04-05-09
    Carolyn Glen Mills, PA, USA 04-05-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Not for Me"

    I don't mind reading gore, but not at the expense of story. This book reminded me of Madonna, going for shock value without substance. The plot had so many holes, the story required leaps of faith I was unwilling to make. Try Beat the Reaper, a much better story in a similar genre.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Winn CA, USA 02-04-09
    Nicholas Winn CA, USA 02-04-09 Member Since 2013

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    "Good but not Great"

    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.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Englewood, CO, United States 09-13-10
    Mark Englewood, CO, United States 09-13-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Hilarious"

    If you are someone offended by the profligate use of curses, don't bother. If you accept irreverent humor, this is great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dale San Diego, CA, United States 03-09-09
    Dale San Diego, CA, United States 03-09-09 Member Since 2014
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    "What a disappointment"

    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!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mari Cleveland Heights, OH, United States 05-25-09
    Mari Cleveland Heights, OH, United States 05-25-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Started Off Well, Then Became Mundane"

    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.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Klamath Falls, OR, United States 02-11-10
    Jon Klamath Falls, OR, United States 02-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Gross"

    Charlie will never be confused with Charles Dickens.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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