Zehn Tipps, das Morden zu beenden und mit dem Abwasch zu beginnen
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 ...more
It's hard to improve on that, but the literary impulse is relentless, giving readers a rich heritage of unforgett ...more
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 ...more
Prevoditeljici na hrvatski jezik također svaka čast, jer trebalo se domisliti kako uskladiti ta čudna islandsk ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
What I really liked about this book was the author's willingne ...more
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Thom (or Tod, or Tommy, or Tomachik) is a Croatian hit man who lived (and worked) in New York City unt ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more