Alex and Katija are quite the pair. Selfish, cruel, greedy, sleazy and violent--why, the negative adjectives could easily fill a small volume of their own. Over the top, always offensive and never politically correct--their sole redeeming quality is, they are not child molesters.
Alex is heir and owner of the Holstein Private Investigation Agency, located in Stockholm, Sweden. While he is the agency's brains, Katija provides the brawn, as resident henchwoman. Their setup is sweet, with a never-ending supply of clients appearing at their doorstep and asking for help, only to be swindled out of their money, robbed, or beaten, and then sent on their way. Except some who, wrapped in chains, are dumped into the murky waters of nearby Nybro Viken.
Alex and Katija fight the natural as well as the supernatural--the only thing they really dread is the horrors of gainful employment. This threat is ever present as their finances are chronically atrocious, usually due to the black vacuum of the weekend, with all its powders and pills.
Their cases take them across the globe--so beware! There is NOWHERE to hide.
About the Author
Current: Stockholm, Sweden
Schooled: Unfortunately, Zzzzz….
Worked: Too much!
Relationship status: Unchained – Huzzah!
One could also tell my life’s story in poetry:
Born by gypsies
Raised by wolves
Schooled by fools
Employed by cretins
Scooped up by New Libri
Highly inaccurate and somewhat irrelevant prose, yes yes I know—what are you, my mother? But when has truth, that dull ignoramus, ever been able to measure up to a well crafted lie?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Alex & Katija are two of the sleaziest sleuths you will ever come across, and they take their debauchery abroad, often (Amsterdam, Colombia, Jamaica, Cairo). These two are not a couple of lovable reprobates; what is most endearing about them is that they are entirely unapologetic - they kill, they sleep with each other and whomever else they fancy, and spend money like it's in infinite supply (which it is for them because they're smart and enterprising criminals). What is really clever about this book is that Hooper didn't focus on one case for Alex & Katija to work; each chapter is a new case and a new paranormal adventure. Hooper definitely knows how to titillate the reader - there is just enough sex to be sexy, and not nearly enough to amount to erotica. Hooper can really tell a balanced tale, but one rife with derelict behavior. It's like debauchery just suits these characters, you don't even question their world because you are so fully transported into it. The stories easily lend themselves to serialization. Hooper is a gifted phrase-maker. This is the kind of author where you find yourself taking a sudden break in the reading to say to yourself this guy can write. The book makes you look at the language and phraseology. For instance, Alex receives not so good fellatio from an Amsterdam prostitute of African origin who is in a sour mood and calls her "a chocolate covered lemon." Fantastic phrases aside, Hooper crafts the wildest scenes like - vampire rape. Call me a prude but I just don't think I would ever have thought up that scenario once in my life, even if I was immortal. Story after story you see how Hooper can consistently maintain the characters’ tone and the thematic structure of the book while at the same time getting Alex & Katija into and out of wild situations. The visuals are strong – Hooper has a gift for painting a scene for the reader’s eye. Not to give away the story, but Hooper paints one image I won’t be able to easily rid from my mind - a towering mummy made out of poop, wrapped in toilet paper, with tampons hanging off it like Christmas ornaments. Then there are these little quirks that would make really good comedy sketches – like when Alex & Katija shove a priest into a duffel bag, kidnapping him to perform an exorcist. To give a sense of how psychopathic these two are, they force the priest back into the duffel bag after the exorcism, then forget to let him out of the trunk they lock him in. How cruel, but how funny. I HIGHLY AND MIGHTILY recommend this book – even if you have conservative sensibilities, this book is so outrageous that you’ll marvel at how clever Hooper is and find yourself trying to flip ahead just to see how he is going to resolve the central conflict in each story. It’s insane, it’s fun, and I am waiting for the next installment.