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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  238 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
A comic rampage through the polyglot gutters of modern Los Angeles...

When a severed arm decorated with an erotic tattoo appears at an L.A. pathology lab, it's love at first sight. Bob's minimum wage job minding the slabs has never given him agita before, but now he won't rest until he finds the owner of the arm so he can get to the girl who posed for that unforgettable tat
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 10th 2003 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 1st 2002)
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Stacy Fetters
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"How much coke can a coyote tote if a coyote could tote coke?

M. Smith is now currently in my top five favorite authors. This debut novel packs quite the punch or should I say it tore my arm off?

His mind, I just want to crawl around inside it for awhile to see what other f'd up adventures are roaming around in there.

This was a do not put down and finish all in one day kind of book. It reads and follows like a movie. For anyone who likes dry humor and isn't squeamish, I suggest picking up any
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I bought this book on a whim less than a week ago and I am now finished reading it.
After reading the summary on the back cover of it I couldn't help but think to myself, "Are you serious?". Throughout most of the beginning of the novel I couldn't help but wonder to myself if this was a ridiculous farce or a true novel.
The characters truly come to life, all of whom are transformed in major ways by the end. I couldn't help but read in large bursts, 70 to 100 pages at a time, as every twist was a
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Who would have thought that a novel about the seedy violent drug-fueled world of Los Angeles gang culture would be so hilarious?!?!

And yet, so it is. This story is like a meth and pot fueled, surreal version of "Tristam Shandy". The story begins with the bloody and violent loss of a limb, specifically, a heavily tatooed arm that is inadvertantly left at a murder scene (the owner of the arm is the murderer). The arm and its subsequent possession, loss, recovery and destruction is the machinery by
Nesa Sivagnanam
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book reads like a film script almost. It's funny and fast-paced. the first I have read from this author.

There is no single protagonist, but multiple main characters whose POVs the reader flits among.

One major player is Esteban, a Mexican drug lord working in L.A. who becomes upset when one of his hit men, Amado, accidentally severs his arm while killing an associate gone bad. The missing arm that the police find might end up pulling down Esteban's empire.

This is where a pathologist named Bo
Bryce A
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
What month did you red this for-January
Title- Moist
Author-Mark Smith
Date started/date completed- 12-14-09/1-30-10
Total Pages-308
Rating of Book-8
Explain Why You Gave The Rating- Moist by Mark Haskell Smith is an excellent read! The story is about a pathologist who finds an arm with an amazingly passionate tattoo of a woman. He's very stuck in life so he sets off to find the model who posed for the tattoo. But his plans are soon canceled when a Mexican mob crosses paths with him. The arm is one of
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know if there’s another writer who’s quite like Mark. Having read Salty and Baked, Mark’s novels manage to be very funny, yet dark, gritty, and oftentimes, uncomfortable at the same time. Moist’s hero is Bob, who works at a LA pathology lab. A severed arm (though no body) arrives in the lab, and Bob falls in love with one of the arm’s erotic tattoos. Or, he falls in love with the tattoo woman. From there the wild plot spins off into dealings with the Mexican Mafia, a masturbation coach w ...more
Jan 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The NEW Year of Mystery" continues!... Some friends gave me this book for Christmas because a) apparently they find my reviews amusing and want me to continue TYOM, and b) I HATE the word "moist"... I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this - in the first 15 pages, I laughed out loud twice and gasped out loud once. A quirky cast of characters, fun plot, and accessible storytelling made this a quick, easy, and extremely fun read! Viva Roberto!!
Kyle Jolly
Jul 06, 2008 rated it liked it
An energetic, fast paced, black comedy of a crime novel set in L.A. with a cast of characters that include the Mexican Mafia, a wine snob detective, a celebrity chef, a "masturbation coach",a slacker at the pathology lab, and the severed arm he is supposed to deliver to the LAPD. A little silly at times but all in all a good summer beach read.
Nov 19, 2008 added it
I bought this book for my sister, who hates the word MOIST and I don't think she ever read it. I thought it was hilarious.
May 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Shockingly good, like a train wreck you can't help watching. And funny at that, too!
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Mark Haskell Smith is the author of five novels and the nonfiction books Naked at Lunch and Heart of Dankness. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Independent, Salon, Literary Hub, Slate, Howler, and Vulture.

He lives in Los Angeles. He likes Mexican food.
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