Saturday, December 01, 2007

Book Review: Agnes and the Hitman

Fun book by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer.

The alligator from _Don't Look Down_ made a guest appearance.

I started reading it too late though. Mistake. I think I'd have enjoyed it more if I'd saved it for tomorrow when I didn't have to work.

How to characterize it... funny, violent, and sexy. It's hard to get specific without getting specific, if you know what I mean. Romances often have a Dark Moment when it seems the two parties will never get together. I shouldn't even say "often"... it's nearly a rule. This book doesn't have that. The Dark Moment is if the different characters will live or not. If they live, they'll be with each other. I don't think there is a single well-adjusted person in this book... well, maybe the young couple who are getting married, a fresh start and their parents raising them without the baggage that everyone else is dealing with... but everyone else is pretty much nuts.

But yeah, it's got hit men and the mob and mysterious vendettas and Agnes's own propensity for violence and the very practical attitude of her mob-princess best friend, "Agnes, stop fighting your nature. You're a killer. Accept that and you'll be a lot happier." "I've never killed anybody," Agnes protested, and then stopped, realizing that might have sounded holier than thou, considering the people she was hanging out with. "And with the grace of God you never will," Lisa Livia said. "The important thing is, we know we can if we have to."

Some of the surprises I saw coming a mile off. Some of them I didn't see coming at all. Some of them I only twigged to at 100 yards.

I think I may have missed a boat blowing up at some point, but it was nearly 4am when I finished reading and the various boats blowing up were toward the end.

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