- Publisher: BCA (2008)
- ASIN: B004CS3JNG
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,658,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Martin is an account executive who has a rather sassy black secretary named "Unique". She likes her first name pronounced in a French manner with an "a" sound at the end. Martin lives at home with his mother, Evelyn, called "Evie". She is a bossy woman who continually harps on some aspect of Martin's character or behavior and she peppers her pronouncements with the word "luck" but subsitute the letter "F" for the "L". She has a strong southern accent created by Wayne Knight which is very characteristic for the region and quite funny.Read more ›
When Sandy, a coworker who has made fun of Martin in the cruelest way, is murdered, Martin is the number one suspect. He has an alibi, he was with an overweight, hooking masseuse, doing the nasty, but he doesn't want anybody to know. He'd rather take the rap than be found out.
Enter homicide detective Anther, who also knows what it's like to be the butt of a joke or two. In fact she garnered no respect from her colleagues until she invented a fictional lesbian partner. Martin is taken with Anther and the feeling is mutual. Then he stumbles into sex with Uniqué, a woman he works with, just before she too is murdered. Guess who the cops like for the crime.
And so it goes with this humorous story. Looking back, I see I probably should have figured out who the real killer was, but I didn't. Ken (my hubby) and I listened to this two CD book-on-tape on our way to Reno and I don't think I've ever laughed so hard. Yes, there are risque parts. Yes, the F-bomb is dropped a lot, but funny, let me tell you this is funny in a terrific ha ha way. I really liked it.
Being accused of double murder is the most exciting event to ever occur in the life of Martin, a 36 year old loser whose abysmal world is populated by obnoxious and unsavoury co-workers, and a harpy of a mother who appears to have a galloping case of Munchehausen by proxy. Investigating the murders of two of Martins co-workers is Detective Ana Albada, object of Martins cerebral love affair and herself a prime candidate for Dr. Freud's couch.
In MARTIN MISUNDERSTOOD, author Karen Slaughter was obviously going for sardonic humor and to be fair there are a couple of laughs to be had. Unfortunately they are few and far between and ultimately, Slaughter only manages to achieve a tale filled with pathetic, silly and completely unsympathetic characters caught in situations that are ill conceived, tasteless, and at some points downright lewd.
This listener can understand why Martin is misunderstood.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Martin Misunderstood is a short-story written by Karin Slaughter. It's both dark comedy and murder mystery, and it works! One of the many things I love about Ms. Read morePublished 7 months ago by featherlashes
If you're going to read Martin Misunderstood, go the audio route! Wayne Knight narrates and that was an experience all on it's own!Published 7 months ago by featherlashes
I love Karen Slaugher's mysteries--grant county and will trent. although they sometimes have an amusing line, I wouldn't call them comedies. Read morePublished 7 months ago by target lover
I thought this was a very bad piece from Karin slaughter
I couldn't get into this at all very very boring
I have read a lot of Karin Slaughter's books recently and this one was quirky. I must admit that Martin got on my nerves a bit. I could have cheerfully kicked him at times. Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Elizabeth Bellette
Quirky, funny, different, but typically Karin!! A page turner to be read in one sitting. Ya just gotta know what happens next!Published on October 30, 2013 by Stuart Marsden