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From the New York Times bestselling author of Meddling Kids comes a brilliantly subversive and comic thriller celebrating noir detectives, Die Hard, Fast & Furious, and the worst case of sibling rivalry.


In a dingy office in Fisherman's Wharf, the glass panel in the door bears the names of A. Kimrean and Z. Kimrean. Private Eyes. Behind the door there is only one desk, one
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Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Doubleday
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karen
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elmore Leonard said it’s bad style to open a novel with the weather. Well, fuck him - it was a blazing red-hot August morning.

edgar cantero is the best kind of bonkers, and this book feels like eating all of your halloween candy at once and then getting caught in a tornado made of LED lights and fidget spinners.

but edgar cantero went to the school of USE ALL THE METAPHORS!, so i should let him handle all the descriptive figurative work:

On the black-lit VIP balcony, Cheshire shark grins and moun
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Tim
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay, I think I’m officially calling it. Cantero is taking the throne that Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and P. G. Wodehouse once sat upon, as king of the current generation comedic writers. He’s published two books back to back that are both wonderful comedic novels. His previous book Meddling Kids was easily my favorite book from 2017, and he’s back again with a strong contender this year.

In San Francisco there’s a dingy little office that bears the names of A. Kimrean and Z. Kimrean. Privat
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Tom Quinn
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This shouldn't work. None of this should work. Cantero is a damn magician for pulling this off. It's absolute insanity, manic anarchy, wild self-interrupting confusion that nonetheless coheres into a funny, fast, frantic P.I.-versus-crime-syndicate caper so far out there it's unlike anything else.

3.5 stars. Drenched in acerbic wit, a mix of twee pop culture and genuine thrills, this is a silly send-up of noir mysteries that will leave fans of the genre howling for more.
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Scott
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Marlow simply leaned forward and asked "Has anyone told you before that you are weird 'AF'?" -- FBI agent Marlow

"Many times. Often right after I bring a crucial clue to their attention or I save their life." -- private eye A.Z. Kimrean

It would be nice to say that I read Cantero's This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us in three days because it was just so enjoyable. However, it was really that I wanted to get done with it so I could move on to a more interesting book. It features an androgynou
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Josh
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inventive and interesting, the creation that is the collective character known as A.Z. Kimrean; twins who share the same body but look and function (at least on the outside) as one person, is clever, witty, and adds a little dynamite to what is a devilish noir.

A stock standard private eye novel, this is not. It's like the combined creative efforts behind Micky Spillane's Hammer books, Duane Swierczynski's Secret Dead Men, and Marc Lecard's Vinnie's Head met up in a bar, got drunk and decided to
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
Smart, funny and incredibly well written, this was a darkly comical noir thriller. With the two private investigators existing in the same body, the author played with themes of both gender and identity. Unlike so many classic noir stories, this one avoided the sexism of the femme fatale and instead offered a story that felt fresh.

I would recommend this unique PI detective story to fans of the classic genre looking to read about some highly intelligent and entertaining detectives with
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Montzalee Wittmann
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This Body's Not Big Enough For The Both of Us by Edgar Cantero and narrated by January LaVoy is a snarky, witty, clever, and funny book! The opening prologue had me laughing but confused at first. Was this person mentally ill or what? Then as the book started it's explained that they are brother and sister joined together sharing a body and brain! It is hilarious! They are Private Investigators where the brother is calm natured and a genius Sherlock Holmes type. The sister is wild, sex crazed, a ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*3.5 stars rounded up. Doubleday's Keep Turning Pages Group Read for November, 2018. Many thanks to the publisher and group leader Hannah for providing me with a copy of the book in the monthly giveaway. (The little notebook and pen it came with are perfect for my own investigations--or just notes-to-self!)

The first twenty-some pages of this book almost lost me, I have to admit. The premise just seemed way too goofy! The main character, Kimrean, is actually two people in one body: Adrian and Zoo
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Jamie Stewart
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Engaging from the first sentence and entertaining throughout This Body Is Not Big Enough For Both Of Us is a zany twist on P.I detective story. Yet, it goes beyond that and breaks refreshing new ground with its central character A Z Kimrean, two people in one body. It’s laugh out funny to the point where it feels like a lost Terry Pratchett novel, which is the highest praise I can give any story.
Patricia
May 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Disclosure: Thanks for the free book @doubledaybooks.

I am a fan of noir, so when this book opened with a reference to Elmore Leonard, I expected that a fun read was ahead. And the idea that the private eye was two persons inhabiting one body would have to be unique entertainment for sure. But then the author buried the story in what seems like every cliche he could think of, and then added to the mix a senseless overabundance of vulgarity, thus spoiling what could have been amusing otherwise. Al
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Caidyn (he/him/his)
Jul 26, 2018 marked it as never
After the hot, transphobic mess that Meddling Kids was? Nah.
Sarah Cruz
Sep 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book. I thought the premise - though somewhat gimmicky - could still be fun and maybe explore a lot of interesting themes/concepts within the context of a wacky, modern noir. What I got instead was the first time a book annoyed me to the point that I'm finally dusting off my goodreads account from middle school to write my first ever review. (spoilers at the end)

To Cantero's credit, I do think that he has potential as an author. Some of his imagery (flowery at times
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Ryan Hixson
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uno2019, doubleday
This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us is really fun if you give in to the ridiculous concept of two siblings (a brother and a sister) occupying the same body, it spins the wise cracking detective genre on it's head as the brother Adrian is the serious detective and his sister Zooey is the wise cracking one who's the hard drinker. The novel really reminded me of a dirtier version of a Christopher Moore book. What works is this satirical novel has a pretty good mystery behind it that will keep ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
A comedic noir with snappy lines, pop culture references, and the obligatory femme fatale (sort of), This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us crosses genres with ease.
Adrian and Zooey Kimrean (known together as A.Z.) are twin brother and sister Private Eyes sharing an office in Fisherman's Wharf ...and also a body. As chimeric twins (the only known occurrence in the world), they are two separate people living in the same body. What some people mistake for schizophrenia is really sibling rivalry
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Brian
Jan 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
I quite liked the book for most of it, but near the end it took a turn that left me fairly livid. Spoilers

I find it infuriating that Zooey inflicts physical harm on Adrian, shoving his hand into a toaster and beating him until he ODs on a drug to get her to go to sleep and then gets to be the hero and gets the praise and Adrian gets brain damage and an off handed slap from another character that Zooey will always have more fans.

Adrian was right, a prepubescent with a crush shouldn't be around a
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Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
2.5 Stars
Joe
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Oddball

Ursula’s appearance gets this uneven novel going. And then it becomes even and quite good, though of course also quite silly.
Kat Royale
If Marvel anti-hero, Deadpool, wrote a noir, Dick Tracy-esk adventure in modern day L.A., “This Body Isn’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us” would be it, featuring a detective who’s single body is shared by two siblings, Adrien and Zooey Kimrean, whom have been fighting for dominance since before they were born. Because of their constant rivalry, both sister and brother have been pushing themselves to be the best they can be in their particular fields of expertise, hardening Adrien into a sharp, ob ...more
Allen Adams
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Detective fiction is riddled with genre clichés and tropes, but there are also plenty of ways to subvert the expectations that come from noir.

For instance, what if instead of a single two-fisted, whiskey-swilling, Spade-esque detective, you had two? And what if they were brother and sister? What if they were twins? And what if they were twins who inhabited the same body? Not conjoined twins, mind you – one body, two people.

Well, then you’d have A.Z. Kimrea
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Doctor Moss
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book’s just a whole lot of fun.

The story centers on a detective, A. Z. Kimrean — a great character invention by the author, Edgar Cantero. Kimrean is really two people, chimeric twins. Their body contains two sets of distinct DNA and two distinct but communicating consciousnesses — not “dual personality”, real dual biological people in one body. One is A (Adrian) KImrean, the analytical, socially insensitive male, and the other is Z (Zooey) Kimrean, the intuitive, socially empathic female.
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Josh (Beards & Books)
“Ursula ta-daed back before their eyes, her noodle legs looking like Hellboy’s right fist, ending in heavy-armored sneakers.”

If you give into its completely mental nature of This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us its a great, fun read.

The idea of two siblings (brother & sister) sharing the same body from birth is enough to tell you what you're in for, both personalities are very different and they clash on every page.

I personally REALLY like Cantero's writing style and whilst this didn't live
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Stephen
This book takes a running leap into it's humor, forcing the reader it grab hold of the humor that's being shoved in their face. If the humor without a doubt works for you, great.

But if not, or if you need some warm up to get into the mood of the book, then sorry.

And the opening was just too much for me. The stylistic weirdness of this opening actually settles down later on into a much less in your face style. I might have enjoyed this if it built up instead of starting in overdrive and slamming
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Lily
This is a strange-but-good read. It started off choppy, but the mystery was well done and the action fast paced. If you like genre tropes this book will appeal to you. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the last third and the ending which were great. Thank you to the publisher for the arc.
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A whole lotta cussin'! Totally LOVED it! So needed it!

"I'm gonna kick your ass so far, your turds will have jet lag!"
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Doug
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alright, I'll admit it. I nearly didn't finish this book before returning it (tomorrow) to the library. I had it for a month. Started reading it right off, and then put it down maybe half an hour of reading, in. For effectively 26ish days of a 28-day checkout with no real intention of doing much besides returning it before I owed a late fee. Why? Well, it's hard to explain. It might be partially timing, meaning that I simply wasn't in the mood for it. But it is also a certain...twitch...I get at ...more
astrangerhere
"Should we scorn her because she's a kid? Or should we objectify her because she's a woman? What kind of shit should we make her feel like?" ...more
Katie
May 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
Irredeemable.

There are many reasons that this novel, sucks, which I will get into. But the one the makes it truly trash is the blatant homophobia and biphobia. Ignoring the fact that both the queer characters are women and utterly insane, the author has a subtextual bias against queer people. It is horrifically frustrating to read something written about wlw by a straight white male who evidently has never met a queer person in his life. Zooey is bi and the killer (I can't even remember her name
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Janelle Janson
Thank you so much to Doubleday Books for providing my free copy - all opinions are my own.

This book is so crazy original, creative, and hilarious. Adrian and Zooey Kimrean aka A.Z. are not your typical PI team as they are not just brother and sister twins, they also share everything, including a single body. In San Carnel, California, a gang war is on the verge of igniting when a drug cartel’s son is murdered, so the undercover SFPD officer working the case, Danny Mojave, looks to A.Z. as the b
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Devin Scott Yarbrough
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a side-splittingly vulgar detective story that breaks all the mystery genres clichés with protagonists unlike any other, Edgar Cantero has twisted something truly original.
Danny Mojave, an officer for the San Francisco Police Department, has been undercover for the past eighteen months, slowly infiltrating and climbing the ladder of an infamous drug cartel in San Carnal, California. When Mikey Lyon, the hot-tempered, irrational son of the cartel boss is found murdered with signs pointing to
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Jill Elizabeth
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. Goodness. I LOVE EDGAR CANTERO'S BOOKS!!

Seriously, he has the most incredible imagination. And he pairs that with an impeccable writing style/sense of pacing and comedy AND a seemingly endless (and absolutely brilliant) collection of literary and pop-culture allusions that he sprinkles throughout his stories like marshmallows in Lucky Charms. Honestly, you couldn't ask for more!

This book brings us the most phenomenally tragically hip protagonist in recent times - A.Z. Kimrean is a marvel
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Edgar is a writer and cartoonist from Barcelona. Once a promising author in the local scene with his awarded 2007 debut Dormir amb Winona Ryder, the highbrow Catalan literary tradition soon lost influence on him in favor of Hollywood blockbusters, videogames, and mass-market paperbacks. The punk dystopian thriller Vallvi (2011) was his last book in Catalan before switching to E
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