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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Willie Lee is a highly unusual angel. Irreverent, hilarious, and politically incorrect to the extreme, he tends to make the most of his time on Planet Earth whenever he gets sent down as a detective in the Paradise Police Department, Lost Souls Division, to re-inhabit the body that was woefully lost to him when some misguided stranger put a bullet through the back of his p ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published June 30th 2013 by Opium Books (first published June 27th 2013)
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Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book grabs you by the hair, pulls hard, and does not let go until the last page. Get ready for the wild ride that is “Planet Willy” and try to keep your big girl/boy pants on. The narrator is full of snark, in a good way. A bit much on the wordy sentences but plants a brilliantly original image of what’s going on in your head. I read a lot of books and too many of them are formulaic retreads or pabulum trying to turn my brain into mush. This is not one of those stories. The author has some ...more
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Heavenly Detective

Being dead and hanging out in heaven isn’t Willie Lee’s cup of tea. After being murdered as a mortal, his ‘future’ becomes rather boring, until he is given a task to change from his angelic state to incarnate and become a detective back on earth.

Sporting a no-holds-barred attitude, Willie provides plenty of humor (at times, off-color) throughout the story. He wastes no time enjoying a politically incorrect life, which includes plenty of booze and women.

This is not your typic
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A `comic cowboy angel detective novel'

The talent inherent in Josh Shoemake is staggering. If this novel PLANET WILLIE is indicative of what we can expect from this young, movie star handsome writer then watch out! The literary world could just be set back on its heels. This is experimental writing at its finest - novel in concept, droll in delivery, packed with double entendres, and yet for all of its literary display of skill it remains a novel that is fascinating as a story - from page one to
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
In many respects, I do believe that angel and part time P.I. Willie Lee is in truth author Josh Shoemake's alter ego. Willie is a handsome, sometimes salty often philosophical angel with a 1000 mega watt smile that knocks `em dead. He sports a calfskin cowboy hat, a much too expensive belt buckle on his ostrich skin belt, a fancy Italian suit, a cape (does that make him a super-angel), and a pair of made to measure boots that have seen better days.

Dispatched from his cloud in the Lost Souls divi
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Willie Lee is a member of “an elite unit of highly bored individuals”, better known as angels. He’s been an angel since he got topped by the guy in the pink paisley shirt four years ago, but sometimes gets sent back to Texas to answer someone’s prayers (which is funny in itself: it seems Willie’s ‘friends’ don’t know he’s supposed to be dead). He’s a detective with the Lost Souls department.

His case this time is Harry Shore, who is concerned about his daughter, Fernanda—mostly because he thinks
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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Willie Lee, once the victim of a gunshot to the head, now returns to earth as an angel working as a detective in the Paradise Police Department’s Lost Souls Division. As a detective for the Lost Souls Division, Willie is able to re-inhabit his human body and explore the earth to save lost souls. When Harry Shore sends up a prayer asking for helping saving the soul of his daughter, Fernanda, Willie is dispatched on a new mission – locate Fernanda and save her lost soul.

Initially, Planet Willie s
Ruth B
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Willie Lee is supposed to be this sort of detective- angel who likes to spend his time here on Earth. He is the main character of a different type of book. If you are looking for something completely out of the ordinary this book is for you.

Let’s start with the good points. A story told from Willie point of view. A sarcastic and funny narrator, who is not afraid of speak his mind and seem careless at times. His personality is hard to get at first, with some shocking attitudes or sayings he ends
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Willie is an angel who is sent back to earth to "save a soul". That's his mission, but maybe he can do some other things while he's back in the flesh. Like find a missing/stolen painting. Meet some new and interesting people. Hang out with a nun (who's having none of that habit). Oh, and maybe find the person that killed him so many years ago.

Bad theology aside, this was a pretty fun book to read. I'll admit that I had a hard time getting into it, mostly because the style of the narrator (first
Joe Hempel
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Life is different on Planet Willie. This different take on the detective/noir/private eye genre does well to support that concept. Check out our thoughts about Willie Lee, and how the world sees, Planet Willie.

Josh Shoemake creates a very different kind of detective story that still gives you that feeling of familiarity. After reading the description, and whispering to yourself “whookaay!” you open the book and realize that you are in for a treat
Darcia Helle
Planet Willie is a fun read that had me chuckling throughout. The plot concept is one of the most original I've read in some time. The book is written in first person narration, from Willie's perspective. Throughout the story, Willie tells us exactly what's on his mind, and most of his thoughts are not at all angelic.

The story line is a little chaotic, moving us along a bumpy and winding path. Despite this, I didn't have trouble following along. Willie demands attention, and he had mine in full
Momma Frugal
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
The author's vision is very original. I can honestly say I've never read anything quite like it before!

The main character is Willie Lee, who is an Angel in heaven awaiting change. He receives his wish and he is assigned as a detective from the Paradise Police Department to incarnate and return to earth to investigate an Art theft.

I really enjoyed the author's writing and wit. I look forward to reading more of his books. The book was cleverly written and I have to say anything, nothing like I hav
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