The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
With his teaching career derailed by tragedy and his slacker days numbered, Webster Fillmore Goodhue makes an unlikely move and joins Clean Team, charged with tidying up L.A.'s grisly crime scenes. For Web, it's a steady gig, and he soon finds himself sponging a Malibu suicide's brains from a bathroom mirror and flirting with the man's bereaved and beautiful daughter.

Then things get weird: The dead man's daughter asks a favor. Every cell in Web's brain tells him to turn her down, but something makes him hit the Harbor Freeway at midnight to help her however he can. Soon enough it's Web who needs the help when gun-toting California cowboys start showing up on his doorstep. What's the deal? Is it something to do with what he cleaned up in that motel room in Carson? Or is it all about the brewing war between rival trauma cleaners? Web doesn't have a clue, but he'll need to get one if he's going to keep from getting his face kicked in. Again. And again. And again.

Baker & Taylor
Working on a crime-scene clean-up crew, disaffected slacker Web Goodhue is hired by the daughter of a Malibu suicide victim who enlists his help in getting her brother out of trouble, a task that soon finds him in over his head, the target of some gun-toting L.A. cowboys who are out for blood. By the author of The Shotgun Rule. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 034551307X (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
9780345513076 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC HUSTON
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 25 cm

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paraphan
Mar 13, 2013

My first Charlie Huston read. Enjoyable and a good plot. Would read more of his work as I suspect this was not his finest.

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Brian_Shaw
Jun 01, 2011

Another fast paced story by Charlies Huston. The characters are not as developed as his previous books and a "happy ending" seems forced, but overall an above average book.

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Tegan1
Jan 01, 2011

CH has a wick dark sense of humor that I just love.

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waterdownzoo
Aug 14, 2010

A surprise, this book combined intelligent drama and mystery. The protagonist isn't just a crime scene cleaner. Instead, the character is multi-layered and the book fascinating.

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