We descend once more into the down and dirty streets of Port Virtue and the protagonist’s life. I haven’t done this with a book in a while, but I powered through Patrick O’Duffy’s crime novella The Obituarist 3: Delete Your Account in one sitting.
This book is a grimly funny story centred on the self-reproaching Kendall Barber, who starts with one bad day and then faces the consequences of his past cleverness, often with disastrous results.
The book is bitter and with all the right sharp and pointy edges. It runs full-tilt as the complications and threats to Barber’s life pile up but, importantly, it slows down at just the right times for those vital introspective moments into the character and his struggle (mostly with himself). The story is self-aware, and it doesn’t always go where you might expect, and even as things are taking a turn for the worse for Barber, it’s frequently poignant.
Kendall Barber struggles with taking the easy options out of his circumstances, but ultimately, this book explores and wraps-up threads from the previous Obituarist stories, and is about owning your mistakes, and owning your crappiness. And maybe making the effort to change, and to be a better person.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)