The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

  • by Charlie Huston
  • Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia
  • 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Webster Fillmore Goodhue has found temporary work as one of the mop-up crew for the Los Angeles County crime division. In other words, he cleans up grisly crime scenes for the cops. When the daughter of a recent Malibu suicide victim asks for his help cleaning up after her brother has gotten into a little trouble, every cell in Web's brain is telling him to turn her down. But she's very attractive, and before he knows it, he's well on his way to getting his face kicked in, facing down some gun-toting LA cowboys, and hanging on for dear life. And that's only the beginning.


What the Critics Say

"One of his generation's finest and hippest talents..." (Publishers Weekly)
"[ runaway freight that feels like a combination of William Burroughs and James Ellroy....Fiercely original...." (Stephen King)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


Do get this book if you want a modern, well-written, funny and insightful book about a man dealing with a terrible trauma. I've not finished this yet, but have already laughed out loud more than once. I am enjoying it!

Don't get this book if words like a**h***, m*****f*****, etc. will bother you, as this book is full of such language. The use of the language is part of the books "charm" for me, as the characters are from the generation who are so used to such language that the meaning is lessened.

Me? I recommend this book!!
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- Alan

Slow start reflects Webster's mood...

A friend recommended this book. About 1/3 of the way in, I was tempted to say "goodbye a**h***" (the main character acknowledges that he is one) and move on. But I hung in there, and boy am I glad I did! Before the mid-point, things really started to pick up and pieces began to fall into place so you could better understand characters' motivations and see the "big picture". Web's acerbic wit makes an often depressing story, downright funny at times, and much more palatable. Now I'm looking forward to checking out Huston's other books and hoping they are as good as this one...
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- Bill M. Hatchel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.