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Zehn Tipps, das Morden zu beenden und mit dem Abwasch zu beginnen

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  2,215 ratings  ·  308 reviews
Toxic hat es echt nicht leicht: Eben ist der Kroate noch erfolgreicher Auftragskiller in New York, doch dann geht bei einem der Morde etwas schief. Auf der Flucht vor dem FBI bringt er einen Fernsehprediger um die Ecke, um dessen Platz im Flieger nach Island zu besetzen, und muss dort notgedrungenermaßen die Rolle weiter spielen. Er meistert einen reichlich obskuren Auftri ...more
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published 2010 by Tropen (first published January 1st 2008)
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Lukasz Pruski
Hallgrimur Helgason’s “The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning” is an outstanding book. It is beautifully written and funny; it has an outlandish yet engrossing plot, and an unexpected depth.

Tomislav Boksic, aka Toxic, a Croatian American, is a hitman, a highly successful contract killer. He has flawlessly executed 66 people so far, yet #67 brings trouble, which causes Tomislav to find himself in Iceland. Various adventures in Iceland, including involvement with a fundamentalist Christian sect, cons
Darrell Reimer
The witless naif who wanders around a foreign environment and calls it as he sees it, unintentionally bringing the oppositional truth to light, is a literary trope that has been around since the beginning of story-telling. Just consider Adam's initial exclamation when he first encounters Eve: “Flesh of my flesh!” surely rates as the most original and mythical naif “boner” of all time.

It's hard to improve on that, but the literary impulse is relentless, giving readers a rich heritage of unforgett
A dark comedy with a slight euro flavor, from an Iceland author's first novel written originally in english. The twisted Tarantino-ish tale of serbo-croatian mafia hitman, and former war criminal, fleeing from New York after a job. He kills and assumes the identity of a look-alike who turns out to be a tele-evangilist heading to Iceland for an appearance. After bumbling through preaching in a string of profanity he tries to flee his past and echoes of ethnic cleansing war and find a future - pos ...more
Other reviewers have given excellent summaries of the plot of this book so I'm going to confine my remarks to what I like about it.

The "Stranger in a Strange Land" trope is well established in literature and for that reason needs to be handled deftly or risk losing the reader in its sameness. Combine this with dark, darker, darkest humor and you can have a book that will grab the reader from the beginning or fall flat. Hitman't Guide... grabbed me and I loved it.

One aspect that I enjoyed is the
Mar 28, 2012 Eric rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stop reading before the last five pages
Shelves: crime, humor
I was really enjoying this novel. It was told from the point-of-view of an interesting lead character, had a dark sense of humor, and some really cool moments -- of violence, of contemplative and humorous narration, and of fish-out-of-water interactions with the local Icelanders -- but all that was washed away by one of the worst endings to any novel I have read in recent memory. First, (view spoiler) ...more
Duhoviti pogledi jednog ubojice na život u Hrvatskoj, New Yorku i Islandu. Opisi života u Hrvatskoj su mi djelovali toliko realistično da sam tri puta provjeravala je li autor zapravo Hrvat, a Hallgrimur samo pseudonim. Nisam mogla naći njegove poveznice s Lijepom našom te mu skidam kapu ne samo za pametno napisan tekst, već i za istraživanje i opis hrvatskih dogodovština/ljudi/događaja.
Prevoditeljici na hrvatski jezik također svaka čast, jer trebalo se domisliti kako uskladiti ta čudna islandsk
This odd novel by the author of Reykjavik 101, tells the tale of a Croatian assassin for hire who winds up in Iceland disguised as a televangelist, and who falls in with the Christian community in Reykjavik. The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning is mildly amusing throughout. What surprises me the most, however, is how author Hallgrímur Helgason knew so much about Croatia.
Tom Boksic (aka Toxic) is a hitman with a troubled past and some deep secrets. The title of the book takes on a double-meaning when Tom has to confront those secrets and clean up his past. Before I got to that part,however, this was a pretty funny book full of humorous comments about killing people for money, sex for money, stealing money and running away from the law. Tom finds himself with the need to make a quick escape from the law and from other hit men sent to get him. At the airport, he h ...more
Jane Stewart
Some find this humorous, but it did not work for me. The narrator made it worse.

It was dragging and dragging. Finally at about half way through I stopped reading and jumped to the last two chapters.

I might have liked it better if I were reading as opposed to listening. The narrator used a strong Croatian accent and an Icelandic accent. The accents were not enjoyable. There’s a reason TV anchors sound the same - it’s pleasant for the majority of the population.

There was one scene I found funny. A
Funny, crude, thought provoking, tragic and uplifting. I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started this but it definitely wasn't what I actually read. I'm not sure I can actually say much about the book without spoiling it.

But here are some things I can say. It was very well written. It uses first person present POV, which if you're familiar with my reviews, you'll know I usually loathe. It was however the perfect tense here. The main character was more of a narrator than is typically the c
Becky Frost
What do I say about this book? Well, I love the author's flare for language and especially American slang. I find it interesting that he has only this one book in English for I think he commands the language better than even some American authors I have read recently. I confess that I giggled at his recounting of war as I recognized that this is how someone looks back on tragic events - they try to make light of them so that people don't get wrapped up in how dark it all really was at the time. ...more
"Icelandic names are like Scud missiles. Their trails linger in the air long after they've reached their target. Still, these guys have my respect. Being a crime writer in a land of no murders can't be easy. It seems you need the creative powers of a genius just to be able to provide your murderer with a gun."

What's interesting about this Icelandic crime novel is that the author apparently wrote it in English for Americans. He then translated it to Icelandic and published it in Iceland. Then, so
Dylan Edwards
Was surprised this title was not in Goodread's data-base ....A novel by an Icelandic author who really knows how to put a story together . About a Croatian mobster named 'Toxic' with 66 hits to his name finds himself 'playing' the part of a priest bound for Iceland after a assassination goes wrong ...Fluidly written and without the need for violence and stero-typing . Also did I mention surprising very funny too ....I strongly recommend
Kara Jorges
I absolutely had to have this book, and was delighted to see that the story lived up to the clever title. Croatian immigrant/mob hit man Tom Bocsic, known as Toxic, has to get out of town when his latest hit turns out to be an FBI agent. When the feds get a little too close at the airport, to save his own skin, Toxic offs one more guy and takes on his identity. It’s not until his plane lands in Iceland that Toxic realizes he’s now impersonating an American TV preacher, Father Friendly, as well a ...more
Rob Kitchin
At its heart The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning is a tale of redemption. Toxic is a repulsive character - a cold blooded killer, a selfish liar, and a misogynist. Through a combination of politically incorrect humour, pathos and flashbacks, Helgason tries to encourage the reader to empathise with him and his predicament. It’s a tall order, especially when Toxic remembers some of the horrendous, bloody events in which he’s participated. And just as you start to warm to him a little, a cold bucke ...more
This is the story of Toxic, a Croatian Soldier turned NYC Hit Man who prides himself on his perfect record - it only takes him one bullet to make his hit. Since this narrative is presented from Toxic's uncensored point of view, it is a little crude. Although I'm not usually a light-weight when it comes to language and graphic descriptions of violence, I did almost quit reading this novel after the first few pages. I was really repelled by the way he talked about women and his "hits", and my init ...more
Review published in The L Magazine on March 14, 2012, here:


Tomislav Boksic, or Toxic, is the go-to hitman for the Croatian mafia in New York. A former soldier, Toxic prides himself on his impeccable hit record, his “sex bomb” girlfriend, and his decadent Manhattan lifestyle. But when kill #67 turns out to be an undercover FBI agent, Toxic has to flee America, assume the identity of a televangelist named Father Friendly, and hide in Iceland, a country he only knows from tra
Nellie Airoldi
Toxic è uno di quei libri da influenza. Se sei nel letto a delirare non ti rimane che prendere una storia divertente ricca di humor nero e godertela sotto le coperte. Quando poi guarisci, però, hai voglia di ben altro, soprattutto perché Helgason, magari aveva l'influenza anche lui, dopo un poco si perde e arriva al finale decisamente senza più fiato e a singhiozzi..
Natalie Keating
This book is very strange, very funny, and very good. (But I'll warn you now, there's loads of swear words in it, so if that bothers you, you may not like it.) It's the story of a hitman for the Croatian mafia who's forced to flee New York because law enforcement agencies are hunting for him. On a whim (I don't want to spoil anything here!), he ends up going to Iceland instead of his native Croatia. Hilarity and very odd events ensue.

What I really liked about this book was the author's willingne
Three stars is too high. 2 1/2 is more accurate. Here's what's interesting: setting (Iceland); portions of premise (hitman 'trapped' there, seeks to repent). Here's what makes me angry/think this book is ridiculous/annoying (beyond the premise): protagonist kills a priest and impersonates him on TV (absurd); kills a pet dog for no reason (reprehensible); as a fat middle-aged DB, he bangs, impregnates, marries the only way-younger hot chick character (broken-culture nonsense).

If you're still int
Girl with her Head in a Book
Tomislav Bokšić is in big trouble. Despite being an environmentally friendly hitman who only ever needs one bullet to finish a job, who prides himself on his customer-orientated approach (the victim barely suffers), he has just accidentally killed an FBI agent. Best known in killing circles as Toxic, Bokšić is a Croatian-born ex-soldier who has been living a very good life in New York, complete with big television, nice appartment and beautiful girlfriend. Now he finds himself bundled off into e ...more
I discovered this via an Amazon kindle deal. The title got my attention. It has nothing to do with housecleaning. Toxic is a hitman for the Croatian mafia in the US. He kills the wrong guy and is forced to flee, killing and assuming the identity of a televangelist. This takes him to Iceland, where he's completely out of his element. Yes, he's a hitman, but there's something likable about him, too, as he's reinventing his life.
This book was a very pleasant surprise as I had never heard of the author before (it's his first book in English), and it was another of those 99-cent add-on's to an e-book order I paid full price for on In fact, I nearly gave it 5 stars, because my barometer for 5 stars is a book that takes me away and scores high for originality. The Hitman's Guide to Housekeeping is that and more.

Thom (or Tod, or Tommy, or Tomachik) is a Croatian hit man who lived (and worked) in New York City unt
I can't decide what The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning is supposed to be. Is it supposed to be a serious literary work? If so, it has serious problems with pacing and stick figures for secondary characters. Also, the author unnecessarily goes into the offensive territory with certain details (view spoiler). Is it supposed to be an entertaining piece of trolling? If so, it works moderately well. Exploring Iceland from the ...more
Good fun - the narrator has some good turns of phrase (more early on when he's establishing his voice than later when he's mostly narrating the action) and he's an interesting enough character writing about Croatia and Iceland, two places where even surface-level insights would be new to me. If you're in the mood for another Sardonic Assassin book I would also highly recommend The Sisters Brothers.
Nathan Sims
I’ll be honest: I’m late to the party. I haven’t read any of Stieg Larsson’s books nor any of the other thrillers that have come out of Iceland in the last few years. I kept meaning to but other books kept catching my eye. I’m glad this is the one I chose to read.

Helgason’s hitman Toxic made for a unique narrator and a likable antihero who had a better grasp of American pop culture than I do. His perspectives on both the country of Iceland and the people he comes in contact with there are entert
Grace Harwood
This is the story of "Toxic"; a seriously violent Croatian hitman who makes a mistake and kills the wrong guy (an undercover FBI agent) and is forced to go on the run. He (accidentally) runs away to Iceland and ends up in the most peaceful, crime-free capital in the world, posing as a priest. It sounds hilarious - and in parts, it is - but it's not all that funny. The problem is, Toxic just isn't all that likeable. He's okay - and he gets better as he adapts to his new peaceful life and the read ...more
This book really did not work for me. It was too much of a mishmash: parody, slapstick, black humour combined with the serious themes of redemption, the traumatic effects of war and the meaning of love. It was just all over the place and the author did not put the pieces together in any kind of clever or satisfying way.

The premise was interesting and the Reykjavik setting caught my interest but the characterization mostly relied on stereotypes which were often racist and/or sexist. These were t
Sometimes I wish that sites like these had two ratings: one for how much a person *enjoyed* a book, and a separate one for how well-written they thought it was. My rating here is for how much I enjoyed it. On a more objective overall quality scale, I'd give it four stars.

This is a very clever, well-written book. I've highlighted more than a few passages that struck me as especially insightful or funny or simply worth remembering. I enjoyed accompanying "Toxic" Tomas on his incredible journey, ev
Hilarity tempered by war. No, war tempered by hilarity.

This author is clever. The humor is slapstick, stand-up comedy, but the theme is not. A Croatian soldier turned plačeni ubojica(hitman) ends up in a country that has never known war, and experiences few killings. (Yes, there really is such a place.)

Throughout, the reader is flashed to the Serbo-Croatian conflict. But it is not just that war, it is the long-term effect of war on the souls of its' participants, soldiers and civilians alike—eve

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Hallgrímur Helgason is an Icelandic author, painter, translator, cartoonist and essayist. He has studied at the School of Visual Arts and Crafts in Reykjavík and the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.

His most famous works are 101 Reykjavík, which was made into a popular film, and Höfundur Íslands (Iceland's Author), which won the Icelandic Literary Prize in 2001. He was nominated for the prize again
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