The Obituarist 3: Delete Your Account

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Kendall Barber’s obituarist business is failing, his relationship is on the rocks and he’s pretty sure one of his friends has been murdered – and then his office explodes. His past has come back to haunt him, and it’s coming with guns, bombs and a truckload of regrets. The solution is obvious – fake his own death and start over again. But that’s easier said than done... More
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About Patrick O'Duffy

Patrick O'Duffy is tall, Australian and a professional editor, although not always in that order. He has written role-playing games, short fiction, a little journalism and freelance non-fiction, and is currently working on a novel, although frankly not working hard enough. He loves off-kilter fiction, Batman comics and his wife, and finds this whole writing-about-yourself-in-the-third-person thing difficult to take seriously.

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Scott Vandervalk reviewed on June 17, 2020

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)
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