Charlie Huston has won a cult following in the crime genre with his Joe Pitt novels -- a series featuring a vampire private eye -- and last year's excellent The Shotgun Rule. Now he's destined for more mainstream success with this hip, edgy novel.
Web Goodhue worked as a school teacher until tragedy struck. Now he's employed as part of a crime scene cleanup crew. That grisly job leads Web into the middle of a turf war between rival cleaners, a complicated romance with a woman whose father just committed suicide, and a drug deal gone bad.
Most novels would be hard-pressed to live up to such a grandiose name as The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, but Huston is not a typical writer, and this is not most novels. Not only is this the author's best work yet, it would rank as the best for most writers.
From the Chicago Sun-Times, February 8, 2009