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Mark Haskell Smith

What could cause Bob to give up his job at the Los Angeles pathology lab that demands so little of him, where he can play Tetris and Web surf whenever he wants? What could lead him to walk out on his beautiful girlfriend, who makes her living as a masturbation coach? What could make him risk everything and ultimately transform him into Roberto, a kingpin in the Los Angeles Mexican mafia? An erotic tattoo. But not just any naughty skin ink, the Mona Lisa of erotic tattoos, painted on a severed arm, which lands on Bob's desk one morning. Bob may have fallen for the woman in the tattoo, but he's not the only one who wants the arm. There's the telenovela-addicted mobster who lost it, the jefe who needs to keep it out of the clutches of the police, a backstabbing cannabis aficionado/Wharton MBA, and a wine snob LAPD detective who knows that the arm is the evidence he needs to bring down the entire Mexican mafia. "Dark and mordantly funny . . . a real machine-gun narrative-the man can tell a story, oh, yes, indeed." -T. C. Boyle "Smith's energetic thriller is an ode to the hard-boiled Los Angeles of Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy spun out in brighter-than-life Starburst colors."-The Los Angeles Times "Smith proves he knows how to get the adrenaline pumping. Fans of hiply skewed jackhammer action will appreciate this debut."-Publishers Weekly "The most bracing new voice since Carl Hiaasen!" -Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition "Blending fresh characters, snappy patter, sex, a mind bender of a plot, and a little more sex, Smith has mixed up a killer cocktail of a first novel and given the LA crime scene a new paint job in the process. Buy this book, get your passport stamped, and spend a little time in Mr. Smith's world." -John Ridley

What could cause Bob to give up his job at the Los Angeles pathology lab that demands so little of him, where he can play Tetris and Web surf whenever he wants? What could lead him to walk out on his beautiful girlfriend, who makes her living as a masturbation coach? What could make him risk everything and ultimately transform him into Roberto, a kingpin in the Los Angeles Mexican mafia? An erotic tattoo. But not just any naughty skin ink, the Mona Lisa of erotic tattoos, painted on a severed arm, which lands on Bob's desk one morning. Bob may have fallen for the woman in the tattoo, but he's not the only one who wants the arm. There's the telenovela-addicted mobster who lost it, the jefe who needs to keep it out of the clutches of the police, a backstabbing cannabis aficionado/Wharton MBA, and a wine snob LAPD detective who knows that the arm is the evidence he needs to bring down the entire Mexican mafia. "Dark and mordantly funny . . . a real machine-gun narrative-the man can tell a story, oh, yes, indeed." -T. C. Boyle "Smith's energetic thriller is an ode to the hard-boiled Los Angeles of Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy spun out in brighter-than-life Starburst colors."-The Los Angeles Times "Smith proves he knows how to get the adrenaline pumping. Fans of hiply skewed jackhammer action will appreciate this debut."-Publishers Weekly "The most bracing new voice since Carl Hiaasen!" -Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition "Blending fresh characters, snappy patter, sex, a mind bender of a plot, and a little more sex, Smith has mixed up a killer cocktail of a first novel and given the LA crime scene a new paint job in the process. Buy this book, get your passport stamped, and spend a little time in Mr. Smith's world." -John Ridley
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What could cause Bob to give up his job at the Los Angeles pathology lab that demands so little of him, where he can play Tetris and Web surf whenever he wants? What could lead him to walk out on his beautiful girlfriend, who makes her living as a masturbation coach? What could make him risk everything and ultimately transform him into Roberto, a kingpin in the Los Angeles Mexican mafia? An erotic tattoo. But not just any naughty skin ink, the Mona Lisa of erotic tattoos, painted on a severed arm, which lands on Bob's desk one morning. Bob may have fallen for the woman in the tattoo, but he's not the only one who wants the arm. There's the telenovela-addicted mobster who lost it, the jefe who needs to keep it out of the clutches of the police, a backstabbing cannabis aficionado/Wharton MBA, and a wine snob LAPD detective who knows that the arm is the evidence he needs to bring down the entire Mexican mafia. "Dark and mordantly funny . . . a real machine-gun narrative-the man can tell a story, oh, yes, indeed." -T. C. Boyle "Smith's energetic thriller is an ode to the hard-boiled Los Angeles of Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy spun out in brighter-than-life Starburst colors."-The Los Angeles Times "Smith proves he knows how to get the adrenaline pumping. Fans of hiply skewed jackhammer action will appreciate this debut."-Publishers Weekly "The most bracing new voice since Carl Hiaasen!" -Max Allan Collins, author of Road to Perdition "Blending fresh characters, snappy patter, sex, a mind bender of a plot, and a little more sex, Smith has mixed up a killer cocktail of a first novel and given the LA crime scene a new paint job in the process. Buy this book, get your passport stamped, and spend a little time in Mr. Smith's world." -John Ridley

Language:

English

Narrators:

Peter Berkrot

Length:

8h 40m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:30


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:13


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:15


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

22:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

26:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

25:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

40:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

32:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

49:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

26:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

36:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

34:15


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

33:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

34:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

00:29