Moist: A Novel

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9780312303648: Moist: A Novel

A comic rampage through the polyglot gutters of modern Los Angeles...

When a severed arm decorated with an erotic tattoo appears at an L.A. pathology lab, it's love at first sight. Bob's minimum wage job minding the slabs has never given him agita before, but now he won't rest until he finds the owner of the arm so he can get to the girl who posed for that unforgettable tattoo. But Bob isn't the only one with a stake in finding the arm's owner-the moment he sets off to find his true love, a colorful band of mobsters from Mexico and some of the L.A.P.D.'s finest cross his path in their desperate search for this peculiar piece of evidence.

From Amado, a one-armed murdered addicted to Mexican soap opera, to Martin, a Wharon graduate and cannabis aficionado, to Maura, a masturbation coach with unnatural urges, Bob finds himself entangled in a hilarious stew of murder, sex and mobster-style politics.

A first novel that is as sharp and biting as a salt-rimmed margarita,Faster, with a head-swiveling plot you'll love to untangle, Moist is whip-smart, stylish reading.

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If you're waiting for the next Elmore Leonard caper or the newest comic romp by Carl Hiaasen, you could do a lot worse than dipping into this demented novel about a guy who stumbles into a Mexican mob's quest to find the severed arm of a hit man and an LAPD detective's search for the rest of his body. It's not just any arm--it's an arm covered with erotic tattoos that so arouse the passion of Smith's hapless hero, who's just been dumped by his girlfriend, that he agrees to help its owner reclaim it, in return for an introduction to the sexpot who inspired the tattoos. Throw in the hero's former lover, a masturbation coach whose own passions are ignited by the gun-wielding detective who's trying to track down the arm, too, and you have all the ingredients for a funny, sexy thriller that's a screenplay waiting to happen. --Jane Adams

About the Author:

Mark Haskell Smith is a screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles. This is his first novel.

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