Saturday, January 15, 2011

CBR III Review #17: Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary) by Jeff Strand

CBR III Review #17: Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary) by Jeff Strand

Strand's first novel in the Andrew Mayhew series, in my opinion, is a pure gem of dark and grotesque humor at it's best. The novel ranges from incredibly dark to incredibly hilarious all at the same time.

Andrew Mayhem is a slacker to the millionth degree so when a mysterious stranger offers him $20,000 to procure a key (that just happens to be hidden in her decreased husband's grave) he agrees despite the ethical and legal quandaries it presents.  Unfortunately the husband isn't completely dead and what he hoped was one evening of manual labor turns into a twisted game with a unknown killer, one with a sick, twisted, and "funny" streak of his own.  Soon Andrew is receiving  clues that leads him on a scavenger hunt around town. To complicated matters further his list of available babysitters keeps dwindling and he is forced to bring his children along.

This book is perfect for a quick read and if you want a good laugh mixed in with your gore and disturbing imagery this book is for you.  The main character, Andrew Mayhem, doesn't always make the right decisions, but you still root for him anyways.

Where the book may lack in believability it makes up in it's dialogue and snappy repartee.  His writing reminds me a lot of J.A. Konrath but with a bit more sarcasm tossed in.

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