On a clear autumn L.A. morning, sitting in the front row of his best friend's funeral, professional loafer Quince Bishop can't think of anything more depressing than watching yet another loved one being lowered into the ground-until a band of guerilla environmentalists crash the ceremony to deliver a lecture on the high cost of dying in America. One violent impulse later, Quince finds himself up to his waist in dirt ... and he hasn't even begun to dig himself a hole. With the help of beautiful funeral-rights advocate Maria Casteneda-not to mention the complicated ambitions of reporter and perennial ex-girlfriend Melanie Roth-Quince learns just how an unscrupulous funeral director can turn death into a high-class living. Unable to let buried skeletons lie, Quince Bishop unwittingly sets himself on a collision course with two entrepreneurial ex-cons who are hatching a burial plot of their own. Chaos, confusion, and double-dealing are on the program, and only one thing is certain: all paths lead to the cemetery.
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Sean Doolittle is ferocious, smart, original and funny.
What more do you want? I'd say he's one to watch but you'd do better
just to read him.
(Jack Ketchum, author of Off-Season and The Girl Next Door)
Blend 3 parts action and suspense, 1 part outrage, 1 part
compassion, and 2 parts offbeat humor, then shake, don't stir, and
the balance of flavors is something like what you'll find in Dirt ...
you will enjoy as much as I did.
(Brian Hodge, author of Wild Horses and Nightlife)
Elmore Leonard meets Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One
in Sean Doolittle's wildly entertaining first novel. Dirt excavates
the many facets of the human soul. You'll find love, greed, and
grief in these pages ... along with bullets and action to
(Norman Partridge, author of The Ten Ounce Siesta and The Crow: Wicked Prayer)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I picked up this book because the name intrigued me. I¿m glad I did. The book itself is beautiful, so I¿ll be looking for more from uglytown. Sean Doolittle writes some very colorful characters and a has a wonderful ability to turn a phrase that makes the book come alive. The story moves at a nice pace, and the bad guys are believable. The main character, Quince Bishop, is burying a freind. And the funeral is ruined by protesters. But they are not who they seem as Quince soon finds out by befriending the head of the group they claim to represent, Maria Casteneda. With the help of his ex-girlfriend Quince finds out more about the funeral business than he would every want to know. Our hero a bit flawed, and his friends real. Doolittle has a great way with characters I enjoyed this book greatly and hope to see more of Quince and his friends. And I know that I¿ll be buying Doolittle¿s next book, who ever is in it.