Love, Lust and Petty Crime definitely falls outside my normal reading list; I tend to go for books with action, fantasy or sci-fi. LLPC is none of these; rather, it is about the abnormality of normality. Emmet's (the protagonist) family are pretty much the standard, semi-crazy but very tight and amusing group familiar from any sitcom; the parents collect paintings of greek heroes, the mom worries and cooks, the father harrumphs and filches Emmet's porn. Growing older and still without a career, Emmet eventually finds his niche in insurance, specifically in a call center. Rapidly rising to prominence, he is embroiled even faster in office romances, petty embezzlement schemes, and internecine politics.
I really enjoyed LLPC. Well written, I found myself laughing out loud every few minutes at Bantas' often dry humor. The characters were believable, their motivations real, and their actions consistently human. The plot held together, ended well, and entertained all the way. At turns titillating, hilarious and always engrossing, I finished the book in a single setting. Strongly recommended, especially to those that enjoy humor, real-life scenarios and some romance.
Disclosure: received free copy to review; this did not have significant impact on my feelings for the book.