Book Review On “This Body’s Not Big Enough For The Both Of Us” By Edgar Cantero @doubledaybooks
From the New York Times bestselling author of Meddling Kids comes a brilliantly subversive and comic thriller celebrating noir detectives, Die Hard, Fast & Furious, and the worst case of sibling rivalry.
In a dingy office in Fisherman’s Wharf, the glass panel in the door bears the names of A. Kimrean and Z. Kimrean. Private Eyes. Behind the door there is only one desk, one chair, one scrawny androgynous P.I. in a tank top and skimpy waistcoat. A.Z., as they are collectively known, are twin brother and sister. He’s pure misanthropic logic, she’s wild hedonistic creativity. A.Z. have been locked in mortal battle since they were in utero…which is tricky because they, very literally, share one single body. That’s right. One body, two pilots. The mystery and absurdity of how Kimrean functions, and how they subvert every plotline, twist, explosion, and gunshot–and confuse every cop, neckless thug, cartel boss, ninja, and femme fatale–in the book is pure Cantero magic.
Someone is murdering the sons of the ruthless drug cartel boss known as the Lyon in the biggest baddest town in California–San Carnal. The notorious A.Z. Kimrean must go to the sin-soaked, palm-tree-lined streets of San Carnal, infiltrate the Lyon’s inner circle, and find out who is targeting his heirs, and while they are at it, rescue an undercover cop in too deep, deal with a plucky young stowaway, and stop a major gang war from engulfing California. They’ll face every plot device and break every rule Elmore Leonard wrote before they can crack the case, if they don’t kill each other (themselves) first.
This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us is a mind-blowing, gender-bending, genre-smashing romp through the entire pantheon of action and noir. It is also a bold, tautly crafted novel about family, being weird, and claiming your place in your own crazy story, that can only come from the mind of Edgar Cantero (From Goodreads)
Thank you Doubleday Books #Partner for the gifted copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review.
I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.
This book was so clever, and just really out there funny. Cantero has the most unique story-telling abilities. If you aren’t used to this kind of quirky, crazy, creative style of book, you may have some difficulty enjoying this one. I loved all the pop culture references in this book, I caught myself seeking them out, and waiting to see what Cantero was going to mention next. For me, that makes such a fun easy read. I think a lot of us can relate to having weird family members, I mean maybe the family is slightly exaggerated in this book, you can still appreciate the route the Author was going. I am glad I got to read this one, it came along in the right time as well, it’s always nice to take a break from the genres I mainly read. So I think that made me enjoy this one even more!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR-
Edgar is a writer and cartoonist from Barcelona. Once a promising author in the local scene with his awarded 2007 debut Dormir amb Winona Ryder, the highbrow Catalan literary tradition soon lost influence on him in favor of Hollywood blockbusters, videogames and mass-market paperbacks. The punk dystopian thriller Vallvi(2011) was his last book in Catalan before switching to English with a paranormal thriller, The Supernatural Enhancements (2014). Later, the Enid Blyton-meets-Lovecraft horror-comedy mashup Meddling Kids (2017) became a New York Times bestseller.
Spanning three languages, Edgar’s material ranges from short stories to screenplays and often features women kissing, stuff exploding, and ill-timed jokes. His third novel in English, This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us, is coming July 2018