The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaningby Helgason Hallgrimur
Tomislav just killed his 66thhit. It was a clean hit. It was the right guy. All went perfect. Except the guy he was hired to kill turned out to be an undercover FBI agent. Now his boss is mad, the FBI is mad and Tomislav is on the run. While trying to return to his native Croatia he notices a lot of interested FBI-looking men looking his way at JFK Airport. So he goes to the restroom, kills a man using the toilet and takes his identity, plane ticket…and clerical collar? Now Father Friendly, Tomislav finds himself going to a very strange land. Iceland.
Dark, crass, crude and completely different this is an amusing diversion. Sex, violence, religion and absurdity abound, but the book (strangely enough) has heart. You find out why the killer became a killer and you kind of feel for him. Tomislav finds himself in the only country where he can’t possibly purchase a gun (even the regular police don’t carry weapons) which is probably the best thing to ever happen to him.
Fans of Chuck Palahniuk and Matt Ruff could find something to like in this one.