on June 03, 2012
I bought Patrick O'Duffy's novella weeks ago and gobbled it up in the space of two days. A story about a social media undertaker who settles accounts for dead people sounds like it might be something geeky and... well... dry. But O'Duffy has produced an action-adventure film-noir detective story that is, in fact, none of those things at all, and yet leaves you feeling like that's exactly the sort of book you've just read.
I'm not explaining this very well.
Which, I think, might be the point. O'Duffy has created a compelling character that cannot be pigeonholed, dropped him into situations that are unbelievable, yet plausible, and propelled him through events and locations that are unusual and yet strangely familiar.
It doesn't seem to matter how much I resist, I can't help but write "once I picked it up I could not put it down again".
Do yourself a favour and get yourself a copy.