Buzz for Charlie Huston

Following on the heels of Janet Maslin’s strong review in the NYT of Charlie Huston’s crime novel, The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, Patrick Anderson in today’s Washington Post says,

Charlie Huston has for several years been one of the best-kept secrets in American fiction; this novel might move him into the mainstream…[it] had me laughing out loud many times, but of course, like all the best comic fiction (Catch-22 and Portnoy’s Complaint come to mind), at bottom it is deadly serious. Life is violent, messy and all too short, and laughter is the best revenge.

Anderson warns that readers need strong stomachs and a tolerance of frequent profanity to enjoy the book.

Black humor meets the mystery novel? Sounds a bit like another January title with building buzz, Beat the Reaper. Find us a third one and we’ll call it a trend.

Mystic Art

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death
Charlie Huston

  • Hardcover: $25; 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 13, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 034550111X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345501110
  • Audio Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks,  (January 13, 2009)
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One Response to “Buzz for Charlie Huston”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Lisa Lutz’s Spellman novels might well be the elusive third in the trend piece! Her books are very funny, a lot of it black-humored. (The third book, REVENGE OF THE SPELLMANS, is the best; I had problems with the 2nd but also really enjoyed the first one.)