- File Size: 753 KB
- Print Length: 275 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Fahrenheit Press (May 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 25, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01G6PB0PQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,081 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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MacMaster’s knowledge of Hollywood provides a great background for this story, which deals with comics fandom and movie making. His hero is Kirby Baxter, a famous comic book artist who has been out of circulation for a couple years. On the same day he was fired from his job, he won the lottery. After collecting his riches, he fled to Europe. There he got involved in a couple criminal investigations, employing his expertise in reading people’s faces, which he learned from a magician uncle who did a mind reading act. His contributions to police operations earned him honorary status as an Interpol consultant, and the loyalty of a giant Czech former policeman, who became his constant, protective shadow.
Now he’s decided to reconnect with his old friends and fans. He flies to Toronto to attend Omnicon, a huge comics convention. He runs into Mitch, his diminutive, dirty-minded old buddy, and Molly, a fellow artist whom he helped get started in the business. He also meets a supermodel turned actress who has been cast in an upcoming superhero movie and is at the convention to promote it. She turns out to be every geek’s dream – she’s a fan of his work, and sends out clear signals that she’s interested in him personally.
And then there’s a murder. Employing his people reading skills, Kirby assists the police in cutting through a tangle of personal and business motives (here the author’s knowledge of the movie industry adds a lot to verisimilitude), putting his own life in danger.
In description, the plot sounds like fanboy wish-fulfillment fantasy. But what makes A Mint Condition Corpse work is the way the author brings the characters to life and laughs (in an affectionate way) at the quaint customs and mores of the subcultures represented in the story. I really liked these characters, and cared about them. The book worked for me very well.
I recommend A Mint Condition Corpse, and I hope we see more of Kirby Baxter.
A MINT CONDITION CORPSEDUNCAN MACMASTERKIRBY BAXTER
I adore whodunnits and this one is so clever. It combines my favorite things: quirky lovable characters, comics, conventions, and fandom.
The author gives just enough spot-on description of this world while still moving the story along at a great pace.
The ending was totally satisfying and left me wanting more stories. This has the makings of a great series!
Super fun read!
Thank you, Sloth.