Thursday, April 19, 2012

Review: Something for Nothing by David Anthony

Martin Anderson has a racehorse, a deep-sea fishing boat, a vacation home in Tahoe, and a Caddy in the garage. But his life is in freefall. It's the 1970s, and with the arrival of the oil crisis and gas rationing, his small aircraft business is tanking, as is his extravagant suburban lifestyle. Martin keeps many secrets from his wife, from his mounting debt to his penchant for sneaking into neighborhood homes and making off with small keepsakes. So when he's given the opportunity to clear his debt by using one of his planes to make a few drug runs between California and Mexico, Martin accepts the offer . . . only to find his troubles have just begun.

Smart, suspenseful, and funny, David Anthony's debut is a perfect snapshot of America's misguided pursuit of happiness—then, and now.

Received for review.

This pleasantly reminded me of the sort of humor and flow found in a Tim Dorsey novel.  How can you not love a book that has this quote from the main character's wife in the first two pages?

"You really are pathetic," she'd said, not looking at him, which was always what she did when she was genuinely mad at him.  "Seriously, I mean it."

I found this to be a fun, fast read that felt intelligently amusing.  The characters had a certain Mad Men quality to them and, while you probably wouldn't want to know them in real life, perfect for the story.

I highly recommend this to Tim Dorsey fans.  You're sure to enjoy the mixture of humor and action.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


Harvee said...

The plot does sound good. And I love the cover too.

Lilian said...

Interesting, I haven't read a Tim Dorsey book fore, but I love Mad Men and humor. I might check this out!

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