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The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death By Charlie Huston The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death With a style that is razor sharp an eye that never shies from the gritty details and a taste for stories that simultaneously shock disturb and entertain Charlie Huston is one of a kind And The My

  • Title: The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death
  • Author: Charlie Huston
  • ISBN: 9780345501110
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death By Charlie Huston With a style that is razor sharp, an eye that never shies from the gritty details, and a taste for stories that simultaneously shock, disturb, and entertain, Charlie Huston is one of a kind And The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death is the type of story swift, twisted, hilarious, somehow hopeful that only he could dream up.The fact is, whether it s a dog hit by a tWith a style that is razor sharp, an eye that never shies from the gritty details, and a taste for stories that simultaneously shock, disturb, and entertain, Charlie Huston is one of a kind And The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death is the type of story swift, twisted, hilarious, somehow hopeful that only he could dream up.The fact is, whether it s a dog hit by a train or an old lady who had a heart attack on the can, someone has to clean up the nasty mess And that someone is Webster Fill Goodhue, who just may be the least likely person in Los Angeles County to hold down such a gig With his teaching career derailed by tragedy, Web hasn t done much for the last year except some heavy slacking But when his only friend in the world lets him know that his freeloading days are over, and he tires of taking cash from his spaced out mom and refuses to take any from his embittered father, Web joins Clean Team and 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 Her brother s in need of somebody who can clean up a mess Every cell in Web s brain tells him to turn her down, but something else makes him hit the Harbor Freeway at midnight to help her however he can Is it her laugh Her desperate tone of voice The chance that this might be history s strangest booty c
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    1. Carol. on said:

      First there was chick lit Then there was hick lit I hereby dub a new sub genre dick lit No, it s not about sex, porny readers I m thinking of such books as The Goldfinch, Less Than Zero, Catcher In the Rye, and others whose titles escape me because it isn t a genre I read and enjoy Usually.In the way that chick lit is about women in their twenties finding their way, finding a job and finding a man not necessarily in that order , dick lit is about men in their twenties working out their lives, fi [...]

    2. Melki on said:

      I didn t move.Not being used to violence happening around me until recently, I didn t have a chance to move But that didn t make Harris any reluctant about planting the barrel of his revolver under my chin.The barrel of a gun, it s cold to the touch Do you know why you re alive Man, I do not I really don t.He chucked my chin with the barrel You are alive to clean up the mess after I kill these two.Former teacher Webster Goodhue is sleeping his life away in an attempt to forget one horrific inci [...]

    3. Lawyer on said:

      The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death Charlie Huston s Method of Picking up the Pieces The thing about getting beat up twice, spending big chunks of time cleaning up other people s blood, seeing your dad for the first time in two years, getting in a fight with your best friend, and having sex with someone you think you might really like a lot and then going totally psycho on her, all in a twenty four hour period, is that it s likely to affect your judgment Webb Fill GoodhueI was on the c [...]

    4. Marvin on said:

      Charlie Huston is in danger of leading my list as my all time favorite writer with every book of his I read I have soared through the Hank Thompson series and the Joe Pitts series But this is the first stand alone novel of Huston s I ve read And it is freakin awesome Yeah, the author doesn t know how to use quotation marks But unlike the pretentiousness of Cormac McCartney and Jose Saramargo, Huston s usage of dashes to connote dialogue moves the plot at neck break speed and the occasional confu [...]

    5. Tfitoby on said:

      The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie HustonMy rating 5 of 5 starsRanked 9 on my Top 10 Reads in 2012Blurb With his teaching career derailed by tragedy and his slacker days numbered, Webster Fill 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 thing [...]

    6. Kemper on said:

      With a sympathetic but emotionally self destructive main character, an off beat plot and lots of very gory humor, this was a wildly original story and my favorite Charlie Huston novel to date Those with weak stomachs should note that there are very graphic scenes dealing with the clean up of human remains in the aftermath of extreme violence.

    7. Mike (the Paladin) on said:

      WellI need to thank my public library They have helped me immensely in having this book for me to check out Now I know I don t ever want to read anything else by Mr Huston I already had a second book ready to read but this piece of crap has opened my eyes Mr Huston is not writing for meI am not his target audience His humor is not the humor I find funny His characters are not ones I really care for or about This book lost my interest early on, never got it back and finally managed to convince me [...]

    8. Ladiibbug on said:

      1 2 a star is being generousAWFUL SIMPLY HORRIBLE WHAT A WASTE OF PAPER.Quit after 90 pages.Unlikeable characters, who all have the emotional and intellectual depth of Beavis Butthead Dialog written sounds like the reader is watching the idiotic twosome Every other word is the f word or something similar I think I lost about 100 brain cells due to dumbing down while reading this book for one hour.The crime scene cleaning company s work is described in sickening and disrespectful ways.What a majo [...]

    9. Amy Corwin on said:

      The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death is one of those books I would classify as a guilty pleasure When discussing fiction with other intellectuals, I would probably disclaim all knowledge of this book But privately, I LOVED IT and will most assuredly be buying books by Huston.This is not the kind of novel a 15 year old girl should admit to reading, especially to her parents And no, I don t fit into that category It is also not the kind of novel one would expect a fifty something profess [...]

    10. Katy on said:

      Disclosure This was an Vine book I read and reviewed it in 2009.My Synopsis Webster Goodhue used to be an elementary school teacher, until a traumatic event catapulted him into a depression that has left him bumming around behind his tattoo artist friend Chev However, when Chev tells him the free ride is over and that Web had better take the job that their friend Po Sin has just offered cleaning up stuff a rather vague description , Web finds himself in a most unexpected field of work that of cl [...]

    11. sappho_reader on said:

      Last week while reading a different book on my Kindle I received the annoying popup message that I only had 15% power left so after I plugged it in to recharge I grabbed this particular book off my pile to read in the meantime because I need to have a book to read within arm s reach at all times I read about the first 40 or so pages and quickly forgot about the previous book The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death is an engaging book that quickly sucks you in Under other circumstances I pr [...]

    12. James Glass on said:

      I really enjoyed this book It was a bit difficult to read at first because the writer s format is something I ve never come across He doesn t use quotation marks for people speaking, but once I got past it, the story flowed along nicely Webster Goodhue was an elementary school teacher until his career was detailed by a horrific incident on a field trip Webster is an obnoxious smartass, but I thought the writer wrote the character well enough so the sarcasm wasn t overly done or drawn out Webster [...]

    13. Rick on said:

      Eating and reading often go well together An entertaining book and a good meal can make for a thoroughly enjoyable experience Unless the book happens to be Charlie Huston s gruesome thriller The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death.When his roommate tires of his freeloading, Webster Web Fill Goodhue gets a job in the cutthroat world of trauma scene cleanup and soon finds himself knee deep in blood and guts The detached, sarcastic former teacher discovers that he is not only good at the job [...]

    14. Col on said:

      Synopsis blurbWith his teaching career derailed by tragedy and his slacker days numbered, Webster Fill 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 somet [...]

    15. Jennie on said:

      While reading this book, I encountered some obsessive s post it notes it note 1 I d like to apologize to you on behalf of whomever it was who dogeared this book It s a new book I m opposed to dog earing any booj but a library book So, And here the writer of the note has helpfully drawn an arrow to said dog ear sorry about that Interestingly, a book gets dogeared in this book see page 82 I had a few thoughts about this note1 So, while it is deeply offensive to fold a page, it is just fine to slat [...]

    16. Lucinda on said:

      The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death Ballantine 2009 is the very strange story of former Los Angeles elementary school teacher Web Goodhue For reasons that become clear later, we meet Web in his total slacker phase, leeching off his friend Chev, who runs a tattoo parlor, and the occasional donations from his hippie mother, who grows blackberries and marijuana in Oregon Just as Chev reaches the end of his generosity, Po Sin, owner of a crime scene cleanup business, offers Web a job Web s [...]

    17. Ryan on said:

      I had read Charlie Huston s Hank Thompson trilogy, an entertaining and fast paced story about a man and a wrong place wrong time plot They are quite good So I decided to look into another one of his books, The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, a stand alone novel about a crime scene cleanup guy and a job that goes wrong I liked it at first, but unfortunately it just didn t hold my attention It s basically just a lot of vulgar conversations between different assholes calling each other n [...]

    18. Glen Stott on said:

      I should give this book 5 stars for making me famous almost On page 222, he describes the two sewage treatment plant digesters on Terminal Island as reminding him of a woman s chest It just so happens that I was on the design team for those digesters in the 1970s We called them egg shaped, which is actually a accurate description The police helicopters used to pick me up at City Hall and fly me back and forth to Terminal Island whenever I needed to get info at the site The copters flew low enou [...]

    19. Blamp Head on said:

      DIFFICULTY SETTINGEasy Reward Wow, you re human badge Find casual, easy banter between characters in the book Enjoy the speed of the dialogue Find the setting fascinating characters cleaning up after violent incidents I ve never considered the importance of this List all swear words you know, and then some Find all within this book Feel dirty and in desperate need of a shower or five after reading a couple of chapters of this.Medium Reward You were paying attention badge Find scenes where the ma [...]

    20. Jeffrey on said:

      An unusual book a tale of redemption than crime fiction Written in a relatively spare style mostly composed of dialogue it takes a while to unfold The main character appears at first glance to be a bum sponging off of Chev, a tatoo artist and nipple piercer We first meet him pulling a nipple taut so it can be pierced The purchaser of this service Dot, ultimately becomes the girlfriend of Chev There is something dreadful in this very literate characters past that has some way caused a real fear [...]

    21. Terri Light on said:

      Have you ever read a book you hate to love This was some wild ride right out of a Coen Brothers film and we are talking Barton Fink and Fargo, not Raising Arizona Absurd characters, people that itch at you like gnats, mosquitoes, and a couple of big creepy crawlies appear as this story unfolds in front of your eyes like a car accident There are some dead people, well at least what is left of them, when the members of LA s Clean Team arrive to sanitize the scene But who the characters are and how [...]

    22. Fuzzy Gerdes on said:

      The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death has a great noir vibe, a great center piece the world of trauma cleaning and a suitably f ed up protagonist The only problem I have is that Charlie Huston does this thing where instead of perfectly normal quotation marks and he said s, he just uses long dashes and never attributes a line of dialog Which is a real shame, because the dialog would just flow in a very natural manner, except that every 3 pages I d run across a line where I d have to pause [...]

    23. Matt on said:

      All of Huston s trademarks are here the snappy, realistic dialogue, the completely messed up characters, the violence and the bad choicesDevoured in 2 sittings.Minor niggle I don t think LA comes accross with as strong a feeling of place and almost of being a character in its won right in this book as NYC does in his earlier work.

    24. Larry on said:

      Maybe one of the best guy books I ve ever read listened to Laugh out loud funny from page one But this is a novel with deep hidden meanings and lessons that sneak up on you at the end and really makes you think It is a credit to Huston that he was able to carry off the whole thing and make it so fun One of my Top 5 books of the past 20 yrs It is a buddy movie book, a mystery, a comedy, a coming of age book, a family relations book, a PTSD book, and a book of gangsters And I still haven t describ [...]

    25. Lukasz Pruski on said:

      the internal dynamics of a bomb in the rectal passage were such that the force of the explosion went straight up Thing went off, it scoured his viscera, guts, lungs, everything, shot them up through his head and out of the top of his skull Like a fountain The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death 2009 is my fourth book by Charlie Huston and a rather major disappointment I rated his Six Bad Things with four and a half stars, which might have been my highest rating ever for a pure entertainmen [...]

    26. Maddy on said:

      PROTAGONIST Web GoodlineSETTING LASERIES StandaloneRATING 4.5At first glance, Web Goodline appears to be the quintessential slacker He s been sponging off his friend, Chev, who runs a tattoo parlor Web contributes to the arrangement by doing domestic duties However, Chev s patience is running out and Web needs to find a job At one time, he was an elementary school teacher due to a traumatic incident, he cannot return to that life The reality is that Web is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Di [...]

    27. Mykle on said:

      This book combines an unbeatable and scrupulously researched concept noir fiction about the people who clean up dead bodies with an intricately structured crime story needy femme fatale draws hero into dangerous smuggling operation, and is then kidnapped and a colorful cast of characters Chinese American kung fu father figure who is morbidly obese and the whole thing screams I COULDN T SELL THIS AS A SCREENPLAY SO I FIGURED I D JUST WRITE IT AS A BOOK AND LICENSE THE FILM RIGHTS It s one of thos [...]

    28. Anna(Bananas!) on said:

      One of my favorite authors His books are hilarious and a fun ride start to finish, while still managing to pull an emotional response from me every time Mystic Arts is a stand alone and it features another lead character who does not know when to SHUT THE HELL UP I can t tell you how many times I ve cringed as one of Huston s characters runs off at the mouth, because I know what s coming next Violence He doesn t go easy on his smart asses, I ll give him that Mystic arts focuses on Webster, a los [...]

    29. KarenC on said:

      Wasn t sure I d even try to finish, but since it was nominated for an Edgar kept thinking it might get better I watch all of CSI shows, so the descriptions of most of the blood gore didn t bother me the roaches on the other hand but that was only one part The constant use of f got to me and unlike other reviewers I didn t see the humor in using foul language Mostly it just seemed like sophomoric filler I d characterize this as a psychological study of someone recovering from PTSD It was obvious [...]

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