Hello El Moochadores! I recently finished reading a new novel by author Guy Adams and I figured it was well worth a mention here on Atomic Moo. Published by Titan books just this last year, Deadbeat is a morbidly humorous adventure of two old friends (buddies?) Tom and Max. Tom and Max are both former actors who share an unfortunate condition of already being dead. Well, sort of dead. More like “dead-ish.” They’re not zombies hungry for brains, or anything like that. In fact, the only thing the two seem obsessed with consuming in any great quantity is alcohol, but I don’t think that’s a “dead” thing to do. Maybe just an “English” thing. They’re adventure (in this book) begins one night when the two stumble upon a group of men carrying a casket out of a mortuary and into a normal looking delivery van. As odd as that may be things get stranger yet when the coffin tips and reveals an unconscious, but still breathing, woman inside. This is enough to get Max and Tom involved and mixed up in all sorts of danger.
In prior post I’ve already said how much a fan I am of Adam’s writings and I feel he continues an excellent streak of fun novels with Deadbeat. I enjoyed the quirkiness of Tom and Max and their fellow “dead” friends. Each chapter is from the perspective of one of the principle characters and sometimes even dips into the mind of the books chief villain allowing us a point of view from someone who is completely greed driven and sinister. I’m also a sucker for any story that drop us into the middle of two old friends and getting to experience the universe of their friendship. Whether it be Butch & Sundance, Harry & Lloyd, or R2-D2 and C-3P0, it’s always fun to see what sort of world two eccentrics can create and the rules they make up for themselves. I don’t have much to criticize of Deadbeat other than I felt Max’s back story either wasn’t dark enough (I won’t spoil it) or maybe just not needed yet. Other than that I would highly recommend Deadbeat for what ever leisure reading you may have and hopefully we’ll get a squeal to the novel sometime soon.
Deadbeat can be found at all major book stores or you can purchase your copy online at Titan Books!