This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero
Thank you to Doubleday Books for my free finished copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Goodreads Synopsis: From the New York Times bestselling author of Meddling Kidscomes a brilliantly subversive and comic thriller celebrating noir detectives, Die Hard, Fast & Furious, and the worst case of sibling rivalry.
In a dingy office in Fisherman’s Wharf, the glass panel in the door bears the names of A. Kimrean and Z. Kimrean. Private Eyes. Behind the door there is only one desk, one chair, one scrawny androgynous P.I. in a tank top and skimpy waistcoat. A.Z., as they are collectively known, are twin brother and sister. He’s pure misanthropic logic, she’s wild hedonistic creativity. The Kimreans have been locked in mortal battle since they were in utero…which is tricky because they, very literally, share one single body. That’s right. One body, two pilots. The mystery and absurdity of how Kimrean functions, and how they subvert every plotline, twist, explosion, and gunshot–and confuse every cop, neckless thug, cartel boss, ninja, and femme fatale–in the book is pure Cantero magic.
Someone is murdering the sons of the ruthless drug cartel boss known as the Lyon in the biggest baddest town in California–San Carnal. The notorious A.Z. Kimrean must go to the sin-soaked, palm-tree-lined streets of San Carnal, infiltrate the Lyon’s inner circle, and find out who is targeting his heirs, and while they are at it, rescue an undercover cop in too deep, deal with a plucky young stowaway, and stop a major gang war from engulfing California. They’ll face every plot device and break every rule Elmore Leonard wrote before they can crack the case, if they don’t kill each other (themselves) first.
This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us is a mind-blowing, gender-bending, genre-smashing romp through the entire pantheon of action and noir. It is also a bold, tautly crafted novel about family, being weird, and claiming your place in your own crazy story, that can only come from the mind of Edgar Cantero.
Review: Last year I won a copy of Meddling Kids, which I was super excited about, but I ended up putting it down after reading more than half of it, because it just wasn’t working for me. I was hesitant to read this one because I was worried it would end up being another DNF. When I saw how short it was I decided to go ahead and give it a chance. I won’t lie, I did not like the introductory chapter. I found the writing hard to follow and I was thinking, what did I get myself into. Once the book got into the actual story I enjoyed the quirky, unique plot. It’s safe to say I’ve never read anything else like it. I loved Zooey’s character and I enjoyed the sci-fi like twist to a real phenomenon. The main thing I had an issue with was all the action. I had a hard time picturing it, but that’s common for me when I’m reading books packed full of action, so I’m sure other readers will have no problem with these scenes. Overall, it was an enjoyable, eccentric read.
Publication Date: July 31, 2018
Page Count: 256
Overall Rating: 3/5