My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“And then, like a high heeled coup de grace, she arrived.”
I discovered Edgar Cantero when I selected The Supernatural Enhancements for the pick-a-book-by-its-cover slot of a reading challenge, and have been in love ever since. He is crazy brilliant.
TBNBEFBOU’s not in that vein; it’s more in the vein of Meddling Kids: A mashup of homage, noir, and spoof, with plenty of snappy dialogue, hilarious vulgarity, and dark humor. But what else would you expect from a story about the world’s first known instance of chimeric twins, a sister and brother with separate DNA and everything, who share the same androgynous body but control different sides of the brain? Brother Adrian is the analytic, cynical, arrogant, socially inept half; sister Zooey is the impulsive, empathetic, compassionate, nympo half. Together they must rescue their deep-cover cop friend from the deep shit he’s gotten into as a worm with the Lyon crime family, find out who’s trying to start a turf war and keep it from destroying the whole of San Carnal, and rescue the improbable femme fatale, all while avoiding the thick-necked thugs that haunt their Fisherman’s Wharf office and trying to keep the toaster in working order.
Insanely good. As in, this was going to be the first book I got signed by the author at a book signing, but I failed to plan ahead and my chronic anxiety combined with insomnia and stress over bus vs parking in Seattle and stupid anxious fretting about how book signings actually go and what if I did it wrong…all that screwed me out of it, but I didn’t even deduct half a star! Because I love Edgar anyway.
Bookshelves: the-shit, spoof, noir, dark-humor, detective, punk, lgbt-inclusion, defying-gender-roles, love-the-cover, homage, action-with-a-body-count
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