Moist: A Novelby Mark Haskell Smith
What could cause Bob to give up his job at the Los Angeles pathology lab that demands so little of him, where he can play Tetris and Web surf whenever he wants? What could lead him to walk out on his beautiful/b>
Dark and mordantly funny . . . a real machine-gun narrativethe man can tell a story, oh, yes, indeed.” T. C. Boyle
What could cause Bob to give up his job at the Los Angeles pathology lab that demands so little of him, where he can play Tetris and Web surf whenever he wants? What could lead him to walk out on his beautiful girlfriend, who makes her living as a masturbation coach? What could make him risk everything and ultimately transform him into Roberto, a kingpin in the Los Angeles Mexican mafia? An erotic tattoo. But not just any naughty skin ink, the Mona Lisa of erotic tattoos, painted on a severed arm, which lands on Bob’s desk one morning.
Bob may have fallen for the woman in the tattoo, but he’s not the only one who wants the arm. There’s the telenovela-addicted mobster who lost it, the jefe who needs to keep it out of the clutches of the police, a backstabbing cannabis aficionado/Wharton MBA, and a wine snob LAPD detective who knows that the arm is the evidence he needs to bring down the entire Mexican mafia.
Like its bold palette, Moist is aggressively over the top, yet each bizarre turn is as stubbornly logical as it is wonderfully impossible. And it's a small, precious miracle that this L.A. story boldly surges ahead for more than 200 pages before anyone even mentions a screenplay. No wonder Bob -- Roberto -- is so psyched to live in Smith's "city of the future, hope of the world."
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Mark Haskell Smith is the author of five novels, Moist, Delicious, Salty, Baked, and Raw, and the non-fiction Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Vulture, National Post, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Smith is an award-winning screenwriter and assistant professor in the MFA program for Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Graduate Center. He lives in Los Angeles. He likes Mexican food.
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This book was in the employee recommended section of my local bn store. I picked it up on a whim for something to read at work. The only reason why I didn't give it five stars, is because if you don't know any Spanish, there are some words you may have to look up. From cover to cover this book is amazing. It's captivating, and you can really see the drama unfolding. Every chapter is filled with action, but it's never too "In your face". In reading this book you watch the characters grow and develop, and you see all their changes over just a few days. I couldn't put it down! The plot moves quickly, and some twists may take a bit to figure out. If you liked the movie "Snatch", you will love this book. It's all about thinking you have something or someone figured out, and then it all changes and falls apart. A really great read though!