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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; Reprint edition (October 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802143350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802143358
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Smith's energetic thriller is an ode to the hard-boiled Los Angeles of Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy spun out in brighter-than-life Starburst colors."—Los Angeles Times

"Smith proves he knows how to get the adrenaline pumping. Fans of hiply skewed jackhammer action will appreciate this debut."—Publishers Weekly

“The most bracing new voice since Carl Hiaasen!”—Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition

“Blending fresh characters, snappy patter, sex, a mind bender of a plot, and a little more sex, Smith has mixed up a killer cocktail of a first novel and given the LA crime scene a new paint job in the process. Buy this book, get your passport stamped, and spend a little time in Mr. Smith’s world.”—John Ridley

“A weird, darkly hilarious contribution to crime fiction.”—Los Angeles Daily News, “Six Great Crime Novels Set in Southern California”

“Be in no doubt—this hilarious and fast-moving crime novel is politically incorrect in just about every possible way, but that doesn't mean to say you shouldn't read it. Lie back, place your tongue firmly in your cheek, crack open a beer and lose yourself for an hour or two in the shady world of Los Angeles' Mexican mafia.”—Booktrust (UK)

“Process Carl Hiaasen’s South Florida through an Elmore Leonard filter, then shake well and pour over Los Angeles. . . . Mark Haskell Smith has produced a terrifically engaging and wonderfully bizarre caper novel.”—Jeremiah Healy, author of The Only Good Lawyer and Spiral

“Reading this book is like eating the worm out of a bottle of mescal. You’ll get drunk, hallucinate, and laugh dementedly.”—Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, writers of Ed Wood and The People vs. Larry Flint

“One of the funniest books I have ever read.”—MostlyFiction.com

“[A] funny, sexy thriller.”—Jane Adams

“Read this weird, crazy book.”—St. Petersburg Times

“[A] fast-paced page-turner . . . Smith’s storytelling is quick and sharp and funny.”—Weekly Dig

About the Author

Mark Haskell Smith is the author of five novels, Moist, Delicious, Salty, Baked, and Raw, and the non-fiction Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Vulture, National Post, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Smith is an award-winning screenwriter and assistant professor in the MFA program for Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Graduate Center. He lives in Los Angeles. He likes Mexican food.

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Moist is one of the best novels I've ever read.
Daniel Hartman Sr.
It reads like a film, except you can dive into the characters' heads and come out the other side.
M. Hill
Intelligently written with engaging characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Hill on September 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
This novel is a non-stop, never-put-down, read-it-in-one-sitting kind of book. It reads like a film, except you can dive into the characters' heads and come out the other side. There are graphic depictions of death and sex, and there is 'vulgar' language, but to omit such aspects of the world of this novel, that of the Mexican Mafia, would to do an injustice to the world of the novel. Well written and well done.
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Days ago I came across Haskell Smith's second novel Delicious and discovered a new contender to rival Carl Hiaasen or Bill Fitzhugh for the status of best surreal eccentric character filled humorous fiction author. His debut novel Moist, is even better than that one!

Moist takes the reader into streets of LA following the exploits of violent Mexican mafia members, starting off with one who severed his arm with an automatic garage door as he was trying to make his victim's body look like a suicide. It's mistakes like this that can bring an organisation down and this one full of eccentric characters, each hungry to run the organisation themselves. They need to prevent the arm's owner's identity becoming known to the police. A young pathology lab courier is fascinated by the tats on the arm, particularly one of a woman pleasuring a man. Bob's own girlfriend has just told him she can't stand the sight of his own Mr Happy, so he fantasises that the woman on the arm is real. When he is knocked out and thrown into the boot (trunk) of his courier car, Bob is set to become another body in the desert. However power struggles within the Mexican mafia will give him a chance at not only survival but to meet the woman who inspired the tattoo and transform from his slacker life as Bob into Roberto! Throw in a self pleasuring coach (Bob's girlfriend) and a detective who prefers the upmarket social things such as good wine to beer and doughnuts and you've got the funniest mafia adventure ever written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Hartman Sr. on April 7, 2012
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Moist is one of the best novels I've ever read. My plan was to read a bit for a couple hours each night. Wednesday I started reading while my wife watched American Idol. I decide to stop at chapter ten because I figured it was a good stopping point and because it was midnight. The next day I finished the rest of it. It was never boring, never predictable. It was always interesting, always funny. It reminded me a bit of an Elmore Leonard story how there were so many well-written characters, and the darkly comic situations, in which they were involved.

I have never laughed so much while reading a book. This novel was a non-stop joy to read. This was my first experience with one of Mark Haskell Smith's novels and now I plan on reading them all.

Pick up this book. You won't be disappointed. This guy can write.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David J. Smith III on April 16, 2013
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Started with Delicious. Love Delicious. Moist...well, you know how Life Of Brian is a funnier film and better-put-together picture than Holy Grail...but Holy Grail has much better, much funnier bits and is more beloved? It's like that. Moist: A Novel being Holy Grail.
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More About the Author

Mark Haskell Smith is the author of five novels, Moist, Delicious, Salty, Baked, and Raw: A Love Story. He has also written the non-fiction book Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup.

A non-fiction book about the history of nudism: Naked At Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in an Clothing-Optional World is forthcoming from Grove Press in June 2015.

His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Vulture. Smith is an assistant professor in the MFA program for Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Graduate Center.

He lives in Los Angeles. He likes Mexican Food.

www.markhaskellsmith.com or www.heartofdankness.tumblr.com

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