I’ve not read anything of Huston’s. Apparently, he writes Pulp Noir and Stephen King adores his writing. Maslin calls his new venture into crime novels, “Smoking-hot.” And I have to admit, she makes the book sound enticing, in a weird, off the wall, sort of way. Here’s how she describes the three-sentence opening paragraph of The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death:
The first sentence sounds tough: “I fingered my knife and thought about sticking it in his ear.” The second introduces a note of reason: “But it was plastic and would probably break before it went deep enough to hit his brain.” And the third trumps the threat of violence with a bon mot about a witless adversary: “And beside, even if I jammed it in there, I was uncertain it would do any real damage.”Okay, now that’s good. But keep reading the article. Here’s a couple of descriptive phrases from the article:
graphic nipple-piercingBut she also says things like:
With its fine points about how to remove brain residue from walls and rugs and a plot point about suicide by suppository-bomb on a waterbed
scorchingly good dialogue and banner-worthy chapter headingsDon’t know if I’ll buy the book, but I’ll definitely look at it the next time I’m at a bookstore.
delivers a book that anyone can admire
tart, quick-witted, sharply funny trip, hijacked only by certain conventional plot touches and brushes with sentimentality