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Author of AGAINST A DARKENING SKY, THE EMPTY ROOM, OUR DAILY BREAD, and others. Find out more at www.LaurenBDavis.com. I read as if my sanity depended upon it.. . . oh, wait, it does! Snort.

Hit and Miss

The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning - Hallgrimur Helgason

My love of all things Icelandic drew me to this book, but not my predisposition toward the setting wasn't enough to make me love the book. The main character isn't likable, but not complicated enough to act as an effective anti-hero. There are some quite funny moments, especially in the butchering of Icelandic names, but they're overdone and become tiresome. Sadly, the ending is so bizarre, with an important character popping up on the second to last page and some highly important information relegated to 'off-stage' explanation, that it fell flat. I think Helgason has an interesting voice, however, and hope he might write a different sort of story -- one that focused less on being clever and more on the psychology of his characters.