I don’t write reviews anymore. After an asshole on Facebook took offense at my scathing review of Under the Skin all the fun of it was sucked right out of me. But Michael Thomas-Knight, although I have never stood face to face with him or shook his hand, is a friend; he sent me a free copy of Skin Job and asked if I would review it on Written in Blood or at Amazon. I said yes, but then regretted my decision. I tried to get out of it citing a new and busier work schedule (the truth) and Mike just said something to the effect of ‘hey, take your time and get to it when you get to it.’ How could I say no to that and how could I say no to a friend?
Skin Job is Book 7 in the Car Nex series. Having never read the previous 6 I had no idea what a Car Nex was. Was it a person or animal, vegetable or mineral? None of the above, Car Nex is short for Carnivore of the Nexus and it is one bad-ass and hungry demon that will chew you up and spit you out before you can blink, run or pray. Actually it doesn’t spit you out but instead swallows you whole, bones and all.
When Alex, a tattoo artist living in New York City, is disrespected by Johnny Needles, another tattoo artist who sets up shop near Alex and takes away his customers (something I learned from reading this tale that you do not ever do), Alex sets forth a plan for revenge that leads him to call forth the mighty Car Nex to send Johnny Needles to that Great Tattoo Parlor in the Sky. The only setback is once you’ve called forth a carnivorous demon to do your dirty work then how the hell do you get it to leave after the work is done? The answer is simple: you don’t. The rest of the story centers around Alex trying to survive long enough to figure out how to undo the bloody and gory mess that Car Nex is leaving in it’s wake and to send the demon back to whatever zip code in Hell that it came from.
Michael keeps us turning the pages with just the right amount of suspense, gore and a little bit of a romance between Alex and Johnny’s sister, Miya. The story is scary, funny at times and never, ever boring. A short tale at roughly 60 pages you’ll be done in no time and left wanting more. That’s a good thing by the way. Highly recommended.
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