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Nothing Burns in Hell

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  88 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Hired to witness an illegal transfer of money in a cemetery, a private detective has no idea the exchange will get hairy, but the bullets are flying before he knows what hit him, and he finds himself embroiled in a violent mystery. Reprint.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 15th 1999 by Tor Books (first published 1998)
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Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, humor
Well, maybe four and a half stars....

Here is a book without any real formal excellence that is a hoot to read. One could take a whole graduate-level course in literary hermeneutics just to track down the references in the many fake law firm names that Farmer throws at us.

Thomas Gresham Corbie is a private investigator who gets into several cases in the course of Nothing Burns in Hell which all end up being interrelated. The tale is set in Peoria, which Philip José Farmer ends up likening to Agam
Quite frankly one of the best books I've read in a very long time. Quirky, full of graphic action, absurd, humorous, eclectic and believable.
Some examples to wet your appetite: Our hero's wife is a Wiccan (referencing Oz) who charts each day's horoscope, a great fistfight occurs in a canoe and someone loses an eye, bugs bunny's ancestor plays a major role, a thug gets a special comeuppance, trivial classic characters are used (Glinna the good witch, the cab driver from The Hound of the Baskervil
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
A bit all over the place and some of the humor falls flat but overall an entertaining read, particularly for readers who know Peoria and who cab recognize the literary and historical allusions that fly thick and fast. Not Farmer's best work by any stretch of the imagination but we worth reading.
Durval Menezes
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Crazy, not very memorable detective story. Must have some special appeal for those that knew the city where it happens. but not for me.
May 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
By the end of this book, the plots were flying around each other so fast and so convolutedly that I'm not sure I could tell you exactly what happened. I get the feeling that parts of this might have been a play on the tropes of the mystery genre, but since I read very few mysteries, it all left my head spinning. However, I very much enjoyed that it was set in central Illinois (including a mention of my hometown). It's not often that I have such a good idea of the setting a book, though I'm sure ...more
Ann Alton
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Biased review. First of all, i would give it 4 stars, except for the fact that it is set in Peoria, IL, and it is so much fun to read about your stomping grounds in a book. For those who live in big cities, this happens all the time, but for a small midwest town... Well. Fun! Anyway, this is old style pulp fiction, with a dark humor sort of like the movie Fargo. A good mystery and likable characters, and enough action to keep the story moving.
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
That was weird... I liked that this book took place in Illinois. I liked some of the writing, but the majority of it was all over the place- the plot was wonky, the characters a bit one-dimensional... nothing particularly memorable here.
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Philip José Farmer was an American author, principally known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, but spent much of his life in Peoria, Illinois.

Farmer is best known for his Riverworld series and the earlier World of Tiers series. He is noted for his use of sexual and religious themes in his work, his fascination for and reworking of th
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