The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

by Charlie Huston

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This has been on my to-be-read list for literally 10 years. I added it to Goodreads in 2009!

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death is about a crew of crime scene cleaners, but also so much more than that.

I want to say this is a fun romp, but it’s not really that. You see, the main character, Web, is a first class asshole. But he’s an asshole for a good reason. He’s an ex-teacher who’s been out of work for a year, getting less civilized each day. (Telling you the why of this will ruin the story, so I won’t.) He’s finally hit a rock-bottom of sorts and so, reluctantly, begins a career cleaning up after suicides and violent crimes. And then…a mystery, a turf war, a horrendous crime or two, and other life-changing exploits ensue.

In some ways, this is very different from what I usually read. It’s gritty and dark and very…bro. (I don’t really know how else to describe it.) But it was also interesting and enjoyable and humorous and a good read. So if you are looking for something a little different then what you normally read, you should give this one a shot!

Rating: 84/100

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