RE: RARA-AVIS: Like a Hole in the Head

From: John & Carrie (
Date: 08 Sep 2000

> Has anybody read Jen Banbury's Like a Hole in the Head? It was on the
> discount table at Border's, and I passed it up--the first page didn't do
> anything for me, and the jacket copy claimed it was a marriage of
> Gen X and
> hardboiled, which made me shudder. Amazon "reviewers" blurbed it as
> "Maltese Falcon Meets Marx Brothers," so I'm even more suspicious. Still,
> I'd like to hear from anybody who might have read it. It was only four
> bucks, should I go back and give it a chance? Or am I being needlessly
> cynical, and ... well, hardboiled?

I was disappointed by this. The main character comes off as mean-spirited, as opossed to clever or smart-alecky. Dumb-ass plot. It's sort of like a Roadrunner cartoon, only not as clever, and annoying as all hell.


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