Try being responsible for the care of a man-eating demon that isn’t real excited about the possibility of being banished back to hell. Volunteers? Anybody? Bueller? No? Huh…go figure.
In Christopher Moore’s debut novel, Travis O’Hearn is the poor guy saddled with making sure Catch (a demon with a taste for human flesh) stays in line and under his control — until he can return him to the Netherworld.
Travis is not alone. He, unknowingly, has the help of the King of the Djinn; the owner of a bait shop; a retiree that spends his mornings watching spandex-clad aerobics instructors on TV and his afternoons hiding in his workshop, sneaking cigarettes; a booze-soaked, wanna-be photographer; and a cop that needs to bust drug dealer (or a least a good story for why he hasn’t collared him). Of course, Moore finds a way to twist all of the characters together, making it laugh-out-loud funny.
I have to admit, this was not my favorite of Moore’s novels. Not because there is anything wrong with this book, but, because I have enjoyed the characters more in some of the others. But, I will still give this 4.9999 out of 5 stars. It had me wanting to turn the next page…and the next…and the next…and laughing all the way.