Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning by Hallgrimur Helgason

The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning
by Hallgrimur Helgason
1 star - very clever but....

ALR - Blue (no animals at all - at least as far as I read)

Hitman Tomislav Boksic (a.k.a. Toxic) seeks refuge in Iceland after one of his hits turns out to be an undercover FBI agent and his face shows up on the most wanted list.

Mr. Helgason is a very clever writer. The book is written in the first person of Toxic and his thoughts and words involve numerous phrases and observations that evoked an internal grin on my part.

So, I'm looking for a quote to add to my review and am confounded because I can't find a single clever thing that doesn't involve expletives or deprecating remarks about women or nationalities. And that's the problem.

I'm not the squeamish sort (heck, I loved Pulp Fiction and Good Fellas) but there is only so much I can absorb before it loses its edge and just becomes a chore. There's nothing to like about Toxic, I was prepared for that. What I wasn't prepared for is 50 pages (as far as I got) with no real story save the ramblings of a demented mind. 

I didn't want to find out what happens to the unfortunates that get to know him in his assumed guise of "Father Friendly" (a man of the cloth whom he murders at the airport in order to assume his identity). I super didn't want to find out if some innocent animal was introduced in the story only to be terrorized by the main character.

On to other things.


  1. Sometimes, jumping ship is all you can do! lol

  2. Thanks for the heads up. It did sound clever, but I'll skip it on your say-so. You are an excellent guide.

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