Title: No Hope for Gomez!
Author: Graham Parke
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Web Page: outskirtspress.com/webpage.php?ISBN=9781432752484
Reviewed by: Eric Jones
"No Hope for Gomez!" is a tale of dimwits in over their heads wrapped up in a caper that is much too dangerous for them to comprehend. In other words, it's a Coens Brothers' film formatted in book form. It's rich in character and cloaked in a growing shadow. The kind of shadow that you expect to see the eyeballs of Scooby-Doo floating around in. It's outrageously quick paced and quick witted. Graham Parke has created a book that's fun, and at times charming.
Set within the blogosphere, "No Hope for Gomez!" is told through a series of short popping blog paragraphs written by Gomez Porter, a rather unsuccessful antiques dealer, and an even less successful test subject for an experimental drug trial. After he falls in love with his supervising scientist, Dr. Hargrove, he sets out to prove his love when she mentions that she's afraid that she might have a stalker by stalking them; becoming her "stalker-stalker". As you might imagine, there's a great deal of stalking in this novel. And soon the stalking turns to murder, and Gomez finds himself thrust into a world of noirish voyeurism, smoking shadows, and selling people on ebay.
Graham Parke's mile-a-minute writing style makes "No Hope for Gomez" a quick and unputdownable read that flies in the face of reason, and smashes against the wall of detective novels. Much of the humor boils down to one liners, but they're written and formatted to such perfection that it goes off without a hitch, and becomes the cornerstone of a great talent, and a remarkable new literary voice in the field of comedy/blog/detective novels, of which there are too few.
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