Saturday, December 21, 2013
BOOK REVIEW - KEITH NIXON'S "THE FIX"
I love me some good black comedy and I just read one of the best of the year in Keith Nixon’s THE FIX. Josh Dedman is pretty much that—a deadman. His girlfriend cheats on him and then dumps him. He gets blamed when 20 million pounds comes up missing from the bank he works at and he’s blamed for that.
But, all is not doom and gloom. There are a few bright spots in his life. He goes out of his way each day to get mugged by a homeless Russian bum, accommodating the thief to the extent that he buys cheap wallets to defray his mugging costs, and he meets an irritating guy on his daily commute who tries his best to bore him to death. There’s a mysterious sexy blonde… And, yeah, those are the fun parts of his life.
And then, just when it seems like it couldn’t get any worse for him, his boss is whacked and he’s the number one suspect. With each development, I kept shaking my head and muttering, “It could happen, it could happen…”
This is the kind of corporate caper Joseph Finder might write if he spent a week studying everything Tim Dorsey ever wrote and then they collaborated.
In fact, the Russian bum Konstantine (who just happens to be an ex-KGB agent who’s fallen on hard times) and who mugs him daily, can find his long-lost twin brother in Florida. Just ask around for Serge Storm…
This laugh-out-loud novel is more than just entertainment—it’s an object lesson for parents who wish to keep their sons away from a career in banking.
This is one of those novels that I usually preface at the watercooler at work by saying, “You gotta read this book!” You really do. And then, once you’ve finished it, join me in petitioning Mr. Dixon to write a new novel starring Konstantine—this is a character who surely deserves his very own novel.