Murder and Other Distractions

Murder and Other Distractions If you re wanted for murder the last thing you should do is smoke a joint eat a taco and alienate potential alibis Then again Ethan isn t a very good murder suspect Maybe it s just been a lousy we

  • Title: Murder and Other Distractions
  • Author: Michael Estrin
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • If you re wanted for murder, the last thing you should do is smoke a joint, eat a taco, and alienate potential alibis Then again, Ethan isn t a very good murder suspect.Maybe it s just been a lousy week for him There are layoffs at the office, poorly written death threats, and a vapid, but alluring coworker sending Ethan mixed signals The f buddy who loves to loathe himIf you re wanted for murder, the last thing you should do is smoke a joint, eat a taco, and alienate potential alibis Then again, Ethan isn t a very good murder suspect.Maybe it s just been a lousy week for him There are layoffs at the office, poorly written death threats, and a vapid, but alluring coworker sending Ethan mixed signals The f buddy who loves to loathe him doesn t understand that it s over, and his philosophizing best friend is pretty sure that Ethan s problem is merely the dreary momentum of the hipster ethos Or it could be that Ethan s pot dealer is out of baggies once again.But the cop who s after him doesn t buy any of that bullshit Despite being lazy and crooked, Boyd is damn good at his job He s certain Ethan murdered his ex The Girl Who Got Away along with her nobody of a boyfriend And the Boyd hounds him for a confession, the Ethan comes to see the murders as his way out of the existential crisis consuming him.

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    1. I have known the author of this book since college, and I must say that the novel does a great job of recreating the wonderful experience of being his friend. I love the way this story bounced seamlessly (for the most part) from making me laugh to making me think about the meaning of life. One moment I'd feel like I am reading a simple and hilarious stoner comedy, but by the next page I am asking philosophical questions about the difference between what matters and what has meaning. Weaved aroun [...]

    2. Murder and Other Distractions is a an enjoyable slacker comedy set in LA. There are two murders, a police investigation and several beatings in the book, but it's not really a crime novel. It's an opportunity for the author to offer amusing observations on everything from the poor quality of taco restaurants in LA to the absurdity of making a living by writing 'content' for the internet. After reading this, I'll take a more cynical view of those 'top ten' lists that appear online everywhere from [...]

    3. I really enjoyed this novel. The writing style smacked of Tim Dorsey. Light and airy while hitting the essential high points to take a pause and say, “Hey, someone was killed, back on track.” I laughed out loud several times during this read from Ethan, who is the worst pot buyer in the world visiting the worst pot dealer in the world to the sarcastically cynical observations of life in Los Angeles, Murder and Other Distractions was a truly entertaining read.Boyd was a little much. He was lo [...]

    4. Highly entertaining debut novel that falls into a noir/bizarro/slacker genre that proves that a book doesn't have to have a lot of action to be good. The murder itself is really just a way for us to get inside Ethan's head but once we're inside we see that he's just like everyone else except for that whole murder thing and he occasionally gets his ass kicked for speaking his mind. Murder And Other Distractions is the kind of book that you read and you become absorbed in the story. If you're look [...]

    5. In terms of the "feel" of this book, for me it was like Noir meets Pineapple express. A down and outer slacker who coasts through life has an existential emergency when on old girlfriend is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect. The story is told in the first person as the main character blows around L.A. There are monologues on the meaning of life or lack thereof as he gives us a tour of the city of Angels from the point of. view of a true lost soul. All this would indicate to me that this [...]

    6. A funny and yet introspective look into an empty life floating through the LA environs. Told with a detached and somehow still passionate tone, I've become an instant fan of Michael's and look forward to more LA stories. He seems to understand us natives better than most. And Tito's tacos really are shitty.

    7. Somewhere I read the review by someone who said he was halfway through this book and didn't care at all about any of the characters. I completely agree. I'm halfway through and I'm checking out. You know what? There are too many good books to read to waste reading something like this. I'm just glad it was a free download.

    8. I'm a writer, so I shouldn't write a review, I guess. But I liked it.Why? What did I learn from this book? Well, not much except that tacos matter. They don't mean anything, but they matter. And the narrator's nemesis, Boyd, deserves his own TV show. I would read The Further Adventures of Boyd at the drop of a hat.

    9. Great Novel!I had little to no expectations and found Michael Estrin on twitter and decided to check it out. I was in a for a great surprise. Not only was this book well written but the character's internal monologue was hilarious! Great book! Please check it out.Definitely recommend.

    10. I'm about half way through and have laughed out loud several times already! Loving this book so far!Update: I loved this book and can't wait for another by this author. Incredibly funny!

    11. Yes, just, yes buy this. Like Google? Cynicism? Philosophical thoughts? Crudeness?If you answered yes to any of the above (well more than Google?) You will love this book.

    12. Ethan is a writer at Rubber Necker, an online magazine. His job is pretty boring and so is his life until he runs into The Girl Who Got Away. Having gone to his favorite taco stand, he runs into The Girl Who Got Away and her new man. He's jealous but that's as far as it goes. When The Girl Who Got Away and her new man end up dead, Ethan is picked as the likely suspect. His life goes into a tailspin after that.WOW! Where to start. This book is written in an easy style. It's character isn't real w [...]

    13. there was a lot to like about this book. for one it was super easy to get into and for a busy, ADD guy like me that's a big plus. the writing is fast and funny. and i love how the book delves into the cynical underbelly of writing for the internet (the main character has a job writing stories for a blog with one goal only -- get as many clicks as possible). i didn't like (hence not a full five stars) that it seemed way too unreal at times not magically unreal (in the magical realism sense of u [...]

    14. This book is REALLY not my kind of thing. I have a hard time getting much out of a book that has a despicable protagonist. However, the plot moved smoothly and interestingly along, and although I didn't exactly enjoy the book, I never considered not finishing it. I really did like the author's writing style (a couple egregious usage errors notwithstanding ["breaks" for "brakes" and "caller" for "collar"])--sarcastic and bored with life without seemingly trying too hard.

    15. This book was really silly and really fun, it just goes to show how awesome indie books can be. Indie authors are more willing to push the boundaries and not worry so much about conforming to mainstream writing rules. Its really refreshing.

    16. Entertaining and sometimes existential but the story itself is wafer thin unfortunately. Still, I'd definitely read the author's next publication.

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