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Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary) (An Andrew Mayhem Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Strand
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Book Description

The first book in the wildly popular series of horror/comedy novels featuring Andrew Mayhem!

When you’re desperate for money, searching for a little adventure, and aren’t the most responsible person in the world, you can end up doing some outrageous things. Which is how Andrew Mayhem, a married father of two, ends up accepting $20,000 to find a key…a key buried with a body in a shallow grave.

But what he finds in the grave isn’t quite what he expected, and what begins as a simple evening of morally questionable manual labor turns into a really good way to die. Andrew finds himself investigating a murder while forced into a bizarre game of wits and courage played by an unseen killer with a twisted sense of humor. It’s a game that will involve him with a group of filmmakers known as Ghoulish Delights, who are hiding a secret that will test every last bit of Andrew’s nerve to discover.

And it’s impossible to find a babysitter.

"No author working today comes close to Jeff Strand's perfect mixture of comedy and terror." -- Cemetery Dance

Editorial Reviews


Strand flips his readers from the ghoulish to the hilarious, reminding us not to take anything too seriously. I strongly recommend this story to adults with a sense of humor and people who delight in extremes. --Inscriptions Magazine

I giggled, snorted, and guffawed my way through Jeff Strand's incredibly funny, incredibly dark, incredibly mysterious debut novel. Should be on every mystery lover's list of favorites, especially if the odd and unusual tickles the imagination. --Crescent Blues

Readers of Jeff Strand's latest thriller can be forgiven if they feel like they've found a new gem by Elmore Leonard. Strand has created the same off-the-wall humor and wildly challenged characters that keep Leonard's books on the top of the heap. But Strand is building a literary reputation of his own with his sharp, witty e-books. --BookPage

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  • File Size: 489 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065558GU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,936 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't hesitate, grab this whole series! November 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Short and sweet review: Order all 3 of this series now! Gore, sarcasm, horror, laugh out loud and the best characters ever. What more do you need to hear, GET THEM, you will love them!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and scary in equal measure August 29, 2006
A week after a misguided stint as an amateur (unlicensed) private investigator (videotaping an adulterous couple in the act) doesn't work out, Andrew Mayhem, who is in immediate financial need dut to some bad decisions, finds himself about to make another one. The price: $20,000. The job: To simply retrieve a key. No big deal, right? Well, this key is a little hard to access -- someone else has it, and he's buried in a pine box in a shallow grave in the park.

What happens with the key search sends Andrew off on another unexpected investigation as he and his best friend, Roger, try to find out who was really behind everything. Their search takes them to the home-made horror film experts at Ghoulish Delights and puts Andrew squarely in the clutches of The Apparition in his search for "the killer."

This is no ordinary killer, but one who has a maliciously creative streak, leaving mysterious presents on the hood of Andrew's car, and sending Andrew all over town on a scavenger hunt, with each clue telling him what to do next. Meanwhile, Andrew (who tries to be a good husband and father in spite of his ineptitude at most other things), is also trying to take care of his two children while his wife recovers from a broken leg in the hospital. Could life get any more difficult for a guy who's just trying to make ends meet without having to get a real job?

Author Jeff Strand is perhaps best known for his skill at balancing humorous and horrific elements in one tale (although his novel Pressure, with its high-intensity mainstream-thriller plot and characters, may change that for good if it gets the audience it deserves). Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary) is part of the reason for that reputation, and it showcases his rare talent wonderfully.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun for sick minds August 5, 2006
Tired of the unrelentingly grim heroes of dark suspense? Bored with tough-talking macho PI types? Need a good laugh in a book about dead bodies, torture, murder, and worse? Then read Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary), which deftly manages to juggle some truly gut-wrenching situations with laugh-out-loud funny stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great laughs, great frights March 15, 2004
By A Customer
Pretty much proving why you should never take graverobbing jobs from strangers you meet in coffee shops, Graverobbers Wanted is an excellent read. It's not the first to equally combine comedy and horror but it may be the best at it. It seamlessly transitions between hilarity and terror, sometimes in the space of a paragraph. The protagonist, Andrew Mayhem, is written so well that even when he's making the wrong choices -- and he almost always does -- you still want to root for him. Strand's real strength is in his dialogue, which is a delight to read. Graverobbers Wanted: No Experience Necessary is a great choice for those looking for something with a bit of a bite to it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing catch-up with Andrew Mayhem December 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of Jeff Strand's work for a few years now, but I've never picked up his earlier work. More specifically I've never read his Andrew Mayhem series of horror/comedy/thrillers. I decided to give the first title a whirl in preparation for the 4th in the series.

I really had no idea what to expect. I'm not much a fan of ongoing series, so would it feel too TV-ish to me? Would Strand's prose be as funny and dry as his later work? How would I be able to fear for a character's safety when I know they'll be around for at least three more books?

The answer: those were all stupid questions and I should stop being a doubting Thomas.

Graverobbers is a ghoulish rocket that runs on the propulsive combination of its ludicrous plot and the likeably doofy voice of its narrator. Andrew's first adventure is as enjoyable as he is inept.

The book is labeled as an "Andrew Mayhem Thriller" but I think "Mystery" would give perspective readers a better idea what to expect. Andrew may be a schmuck, but he's still a detective in the tradition of Sherlock, Marlowe, Spade and Lew Archer. The clue elements may not be as integral to the overall success of the book as its humor and gore are, but there's a mystery going on here nonetheless.

Even if after a ton of violence is perpetrated on poor Andrew we don't feel that the stakes are quite high enough, Strand ratchets up the tension by throwing some innocents into the fold. Where the aforementioned detectives are all aloof lone-wolves, Andrew's got family and friends to protect and we can't help but fear for them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A visit with an old friend November 20, 2011
By Jim
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Has it really been almost ten years? In preparation for the long awaited fourth novel in the series, I decided to reread the first three in their polished Kindle glory (complete with smoking hot new covers! The first time I laid eyes on an Andrew Mayhem thriller, I had to read them on a Palm Pilot.)

Dark and twisted, gore aplenty, and with just enough sarcasm from the main characters to be funny without feeling forced. An excellent thriller that is a (virtual) page turner from the very start. This is one well written novel that showed early on how versatile Strand's writing could be.

There are only half a dozen novels I have ever read a second time, and the Mayhem series takes three of those coveted spots. If you've read them before, it's time to read them again. If you haven't, don't even bother with a sample. For the price of a single paperback you can have all three books and be ready when number four is released in December.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Mayhem is well named
An entertaining, fast paced horror thriller which succeeds because of...
the main thing that can easily make or break a book...
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Published 2 months ago by Pierre Mathieu
4.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Mayhem lives up to his last name in Graverobbers
I discovered Jeff Strand while I was checking out J.A Konrath's (AKA Jack Kilborn)books. Jeff Strand is the co-author of Suckers, which is a book I've had my eye on for awhile. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Madison
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, what fun!!
Wow, what a book! It was like a cross between the humor of "Kumquat," which I just read, and the horror of the movie "Saw". What a mix! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brenda Seaberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Jeff Strand
The Andrew Mayhem series is one of the best series I've read. All three books are enjoyable to read and will have you laughing and smiling with amusement. Read more
Published 16 months ago by John P McCrory
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice read, especially while in cofeeshop.
An amusing book. Contains a healthy daily supply of humor and plot twists. As the first book in the series, it's probably the best one.
Published 19 months ago by Gleb
5.0 out of 5 stars A true ghoulish delight
Another great book by Jeff Strand. I look forward to the 2nd Andrew Mayhem book Single White Female Seeks The Same.
Published on April 14, 2013 by Christia03
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly funny!
This is my first time reading Jeff Strand and I was pleasantly surprised! Not only did the book contain elements of a mystery and thriller, it was quite humorous as well. Read more
Published on April 11, 2013 by Karen Ford
3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept
But I found the actual story to be trying too hard with the comedy, and the horror? What horror? Nothing there to be too afraid of. Read more
Published on April 9, 2013 by Samuel
3.0 out of 5 stars Did Not Live Up to the Hype
I've been hearing about the Mayhem series for a while now in various horror fiction circles. In my opinion this series has been hyped way too much. At least with the first book. Read more
Published on April 2, 2013 by S. J. Belz
4.0 out of 5 stars grim yet hilarious!
This book is like the mixture of the films "8mm" and "Saw" - just that, instead of Nicholas Cage as the committed private investigator, we have happy-go-lucky slacker Andrew... Read more
Published on February 8, 2013 by Ricardo JM
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Jeff Strand was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but moved to Fairbanks, Alaska when he was six months old, so his memories of Baltimore are hazy. He grew up in the cold, where he desperately wanted to be a cartoonist. Then he wanted to make video games. Then he wanted to write movies. Actually, he still wants to do all of those things, but for now he's quite happy writing lots of demented novels.

He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. His novel PRESSURE has been optioned for film; he's hoping the movie will be made soon so he can scream "My baby! What have you done to my precious baby?!?"

His novels are usually classified as horror, but they're really all over the place, from comedies to thrillers to drama to, yes, even a fairy tale.

Because he doesn't do cold weather anymore, he lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and a deaf cat.

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