Genre: Dark Comedy, Thriller
Recommendation: Mixed reviews, I think if you enjoy dark comedy and aren’t offended easily this is a good read for you. If you don’t tolerate strange, controversial or harsh humor I would pass.
Type: Stand alone
Pricing: Great! This is available on Kindle Unlimited or you can purchase the e-book for $4.99, the paperback is more expensive at $15.50.
Summary: + completely different from anything I’ve read before +colorful characters -outside of mains, one-dimensional characters -slow in parts +strange in a good way +funny dialogue
Leder’s black comic caper tells the tall tale of estranged brothers Mike and Dan Miller—accountant and con-man talent agent respectively—up to their necks in the virtual quicksand of LA’s San Fernando Valley during the hottest summer in Southern California history.
The root cause of their problems could be the missing seventy-five thousand dollars, or the sadistic, loan shark dwarf and his vicious giant, or the psycho comedian cop on the case, or the coke-snorting dentist, or the deranged zombie real estate developer. Or perhaps it’s the poodle—the poodle is suspect, no doubt. Or maybe it’s the grocery store checker who breathes life into death. Oh yes, it could be her too.
And so to repair the head-on collision the Millers have made of their personal and professional lives, the brothers summon their mother back from the dead to clean up the wreckage. But what the Miller men discover is that screwing with the laws of nature is forever and always a violent, bloody, hysterical, and hilarious idea.
I have to start this review out by saying that the characters in this book are a hot mess. All of them equally outrageous and completely flawed, they make one of the more interesting groups of people I’ve ever read about. I am semi-new to dark comedy as a genre in general, I have read books with similar content but nothing is quite like Let There Be Linda. I won’t lie, it took a little to get used to. When picturing the characters in this book, a Danny Trejo types seems to keep emerging in my mind. If this was brought to the big screen, people would either despise it or it would have a cult following.
This story follows Mike and Dan, brothers in hate who rarely get along.Forced to deal with each other as their mother passes, this story follows both of them as they try to sort out one mess or another they have managed to create in their miserable lives.
One thing to mention about this book, it is a little hard to follow at parts and is a bit slow in certain places. Both Miller brothers are well-built and complex. The other characters aren’t as complex but I wouldn’t call them one-dimensional. Although it takes a while for the big stuff to happen, the dialogue and the interaction between characters is laugh out loud funny. The plot is very interesting and several things caught me off guard. If you can get past how absurd parts of this book are and don’t mind reading about the underbelly of society then this book might be a win for you. The ending is well written and couldn’t have been better planned out. It is worth checking out if you have Kindle Unlimited.
Disclaimer: I obtained a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.