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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, 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 chair, one scrawny androgynous P.I. in a tank top and skimpy waistcoat. A.Z., as they are collectively known, are twin brother and sister. He's pure misanthropic logic, she's wild hedonistic creativity. A.Z. have been locked in mortal battle since they were in utero...which is tricky because they, very literally, share one single body. That's right. One body, two pilots. The mystery and absurdity of how Kimrean functions, and how they subvert every plotline, twist, explosion, and gunshot--and confuse every cop, neckless thug, cartel boss, ninja, and femme fatale--in the book is pure Cantero magic. Someone is murdering the sons of the ruthless drug cartel boss known as the Lyon in the biggest baddest town in California--San Carnal. The notorious A.Z. Kimrean must go to the sin-soaked, palm-tree-lined streets of San Carnal, infiltrate the Lyon's inner circle, and find out who is targeting his heirs, and while they are at it, rescue an undercover cop in too deep, deal with a plucky young stowaway, and stop a major gang war from engulfing California. They'll face every plot device and break every rule Elmore Leonard wrote before they can crack the case, if they don't kill each other (themselves) first. This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us is a mind-blowing, gender-bending, genre-smashing romp through the entire pantheon of action and noir. It is also a bold, tautly crafted novel about family, being weird, and claiming your place in your own crazy story, that can only come from the mind of Edgar Cantero.


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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, 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 chair, one scrawny androgynous P.I. in a tank top and skimpy waistcoat. A.Z., as they are collectively known, are twin brother and sister. He's pure misanthropic logic, she's wild hedonistic creativity. A.Z. have been locked in mortal battle since they were in utero...which is tricky because they, very literally, share one single body. That's right. One body, two pilots. The mystery and absurdity of how Kimrean functions, and how they subvert every plotline, twist, explosion, and gunshot--and confuse every cop, neckless thug, cartel boss, ninja, and femme fatale--in the book is pure Cantero magic. Someone is murdering the sons of the ruthless drug cartel boss known as the Lyon in the biggest baddest town in California--San Carnal. The notorious A.Z. Kimrean must go to the sin-soaked, palm-tree-lined streets of San Carnal, infiltrate the Lyon's inner circle, and find out who is targeting his heirs, and while they are at it, rescue an undercover cop in too deep, deal with a plucky young stowaway, and stop a major gang war from engulfing California. They'll face every plot device and break every rule Elmore Leonard wrote before they can crack the case, if they don't kill each other (themselves) first. This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us is a mind-blowing, gender-bending, genre-smashing romp through the entire pantheon of action and noir. It is also a bold, tautly crafted novel about family, being weird, and claiming your place in your own crazy story, that can only come from the mind of Edgar Cantero.

30 review for This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us

  1. 4 out of 5

    karen

    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 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 mounds of cocaine like the OCD potato art of Close Encounters victims shone as bright as airstrip lights, marking the way to the center stage over the rail. Kimrean sighted purple caged dancers, mud wrestlers, tattooed devils, G-stringed Atlases erected like Pillars of Hercules out of a liquid crowd waving in worship of ancient twerk masters summoning cellulite tsunamis. right? and the whole thing is like that - a neon wonderland of high-energy meta-noir starring a.z. kimrean; the more-bang-for-your-buck PI: one androgynous body, two people moving it about, not always harmoniously, nor even in the body's best interest; the ultimate “it’s complicated” relationship. adrian and zooey share a body, but disagree about how to use it: ”You don’t know what it is. To have a twin. Someone who is always there, in the same room. In the same underpants. Pulling your body, always in the wrong direction… We’ve been fighting since before we could speak. No wonder our birth mother gave up on us; can you picture what we were like as toddlers? When Zooey isn’t making a scene in a public place, it’s because we didn’t agree on going to the place in question. I want to go to the library - Zooey wants to go to the beach. I’ve got a test tomorrow - Zooey is sniffing glue. I’m taking the test - ooh, time to masturbate. That’s every day in my life. So, in answer to your question, ‘Why do you hate her?’…let us just say that communal living takes a toll.” but when there’s a crime to investigate, two heads are better than one figurative heads in one physical head are better than one, and if those heads are always battling for control of the body, well, then it’s better and funnier. the book is also better experienced than described. you will discover the answer to the philosophical question What if two Romanian whorehouse owners had a son who wanted to be an office decorator?, you will learn the term for a group of college jocks (it is “an arrogance.” An arrogance of college jocks) and you will be treated to big characters, big plot, big laughter. In the next ten seconds, more things happened than in ten hours' worth of Danish cinema.  no exaggeration. plus, he drawed a chicken roadrunner in mine: i have been twitter-corrected by the author: It's not a chicken, it's a ROADRUNNER! i am bad at birds. *************************************** #vacationreading 7/7 come to my blog!

  2. 3 out of 5

    Tim

    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 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. Private Eyes. Though anyone who walks into the office will be surprised to see one very androgynous person sitting there, and nowhere near enough space for a second detective. You see Adrian and Zooey Kimrean are brother and sister, they just happen to share the same body. It’s not a multiple personality disorder; they are twins that just never quite formed up a second body. Adrian controls the left side and is thus all logic little emotion; Zooey controls the right and is the creativity behind their actions (though also easily distracted). Together they make an excellent team, when they aren’t trying to figure out a way to push the other one out of consciousness so that only one can be in control… but what siblings don’t have their little squabbles? The book is rather hilarious and Cantero may have some of the best descriptions I’ve ever read. It seriously had me laughing from the opening paragraph. Cantero creates metaphors so brilliant that I am in awe of him, and wonder how the hell no one has ever used them before. He plays his jokes in such a rapid-fire concession that he should be missing constantly, and yet nearly every page brought a smile to my face. That’s not to say that the book is just for laughs. Cantero puts just the right amount of seriousness to the siblings’ relationship, and when he plays it off for drama he does it successfully every time. In fact, my favorite quote comes from a scene where we get a tangent from Adrian about his sister. Without spoiling the scene, or the aftermath, I can quote the paragraph that follows it as it gives the perfect feel for the emotions behind the scene. "Rain continued its gentle drumroll on the rooftops outside. On the chessboard, the black and white figures glared hatefully at one another, eternally, for reasons long forgotten." There’s no laughs in this scene. It’s quite and somber… and rather beautiful. That is such a hard thing for an author to pull of in a book that is so consistently silly and that alone earns praise. The case they're investingating is pretty enjoyable. It plays the noir cliches off well and will provide you with a wonderful deconstruction of the tropes. The conclusion of the case was also extremely well done, and I applaude the author for coming up with a serious conclusion while never losing the sense of humor. In closing: this one isn’t quite as good as Meddling Kids (where I would certainly suggest you start if you are interested in Cantero's work). It’s enjoyable, and very funny, but doesn’t quite hit the high bar set by the author’s previous work. This is still a very strong novel and I would love to see the return of A. Z. Kimrean. A solid 4/5.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    4.0 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 4.0 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 excellent deduction skills I received a copy from DoubleDay.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bam

    *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 *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 Zooey. Not split personalities, but actual siblings sharing a body. Their doctor, who has also been a mother figure to them, calls them chimeric twins. Their personalities are polar opposites with Adrain being unemotional and logical, while Zooey is wild, carefree and a bit of a nymphomaniac. And in case you were wondering, Kimrean is a hermaphrodite. When they are not locked up in the psychiatric ward, they are also private detectives, and in this case SFPD hires them to stop a gang war and get an undercover agent out safely. Things go smoothly if Adrian is in charge of their body but when Zooey takes over, watch out! You don't want to be in the car when she's driving! Soon bodies are piling up--someone seems to be killing off the gangster's sons. Which rival gang is responsible? Who is best equipped to solve these crimes: the brilliant and logical Sherlock Holmes-type detective or his emotional, intuitive opposite, who is a loose cannon? In the end, I found this 'noir satire' to be quite fun. Goofy, yes, but rather enjoyable. It scores a point or two for being so wildly inventive and imaginative, certainly. I can definitely see a movie made from this story!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    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 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. Adrian is the intellectual/calculating twin with a sharp eye for observation and Zooey is the free-spirited/passionate twin with a sharp eye for trouble (especially causing it). When the sons of the San Carnal drug cartel boss are murdered one by one, A.Z. speed into town to solve the case before a gang war spills out on the streets. Looking for clues, they also manage to rescue an undercover cop and a sassy 11-year-old girl along the way, while dodging bullets and fighting ninjas (and each other). A unique gender and genre bending novel with wildly entertaining characters! Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    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 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. Adrian is the intellectual/calculating twin with a sharp eye for observation and Zooey is the free-spirited/passionate twin with a sharp eye for trouble (especially causing it). When the sons of the San Carnal drug cartel boss are murdered one by one, A.Z. speed into town to solve the case before a gang war spills out on the streets. Looking for clues, they also manage to rescue an undercover cop and a sassy 11-year-old girl along the way, while dodging bullets and fighting ninjas (and each other). A unique gender and genre bending novel with wildly entertaining characters! Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    After the hot, transphobic mess that Meddling Kids was? Nah.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    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 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. All this jumble of cliche and smut made the story very confusing and tedious. As for rating stars, I start by giving all five because I am so impressed with the talent and effort that goes into making a book. If there is something about a book that I really do not like or find terribly offensive, then I will start to take stars away. After all, I am a book lover, not a critic. I am sad to say that this book ended up with no stars from me. Well, I tried.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)

    2.5 Stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Allen Adams

    https://www.themaineedge.com/style/du... 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 https://www.themaineedge.com/style/du... 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. Kimrean, the protagonist(s) of Edgar Cantero’s “This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us.” The book is a weird, occasionally hallucinatory trip down a pop culture rabbit hole; it’s built on a foundation of detective fiction, but really, anything goes. Rapid-fire references and allusions abound; the dialogue crackles with anarchic wit. It’s a comic thriller unlike any you’ve ever read starring a character unlike any you’ve ever experienced. The office door has two names on it: A. Kimrean and Z. Kimrean, Private Eyes. And there are two detectives, a brother and a sister. Adrian is the brother, logical and aloof. Zooey is the sister, creative and empathetic. But that’s where the twos … stop. There’s only one desk and one chair. And when someone comes in looking for help, they’re looking at just one body. But it’s two people. Adrian and Zooey aren’t conjoined twins; there’s just one body. And they aren’t a fractured personality; DNA evidence proves that they are two distinct people. And together, they are maybe the best private detectives that the West Coast has to offer. But when they’re enlisted to help solve a case involving drug kingpins in California’s dirtiest city, they might be in over their heads. Victor Lyon – known on the streets simply as “the Lyon” – leads one of the country’s largest drug cartels. He lives in the hedonistic and sin-rich (and delightfully named) city of San Carnal. And someone is targeting his heirs. Someone is ruthlessly dispatching the Lyon’s cubs and no one seems to really understand who it is. Is it the Yakuza? The Mexican mob? Another unknown gang looking to make a splash? It’s up to Adrian and Zooey to figure it out – and hopefully stop a major gang war. Along the way, they have to deal with overzealous law enforcement officers, including one undercover cop who’s in too deep and may not be able to get out. There are femme fatales a-plenty – particularly since the Kimreans play pretty fast and loose with the definition of the term. And of course, the wealth of pop cultural tidbits and tropes that mark the work of Edgar Cantero; nods to big dumb action movies and noir classics, Saturday morning cartoons and canonical literature. And at the center of it all, one of the most bizarre sibling rivalries ever put to page. Full disclosure: I assumed I was going to like this book, if only because I absolutely loved Cantero’s last offering “Meddling Kids.” But I also assumed there was no way the author could re-achieve the hilarious and strange heights hit by that story. I was wrong. “This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us” is just as good as its predecessor while being a very different book. The two share some stylistic and thematic DNA, but each is its own thing. “This Body” is a very interior book; unsurprising, considering the nature of its protagonist(s). Cantero spends a lot of time teasing out the weird dynamic between Adrian and Zooey, drawing the reader along as we learn more and more about these two people as they try and navigate their unique circumstances. The interpersonal interactions between them are magnificent to read, capturing the bizarreness of the situation while also presenting the two as real, distinct people. It really is remarkable. Of course, “This Body” is also populated with a cast of idiosyncratic supporting characters that really flesh out the world that Cantero aims to create. The dysfunctional family at the helm of a drug empire, packed with a soap opera’s worth of overwrought relationships. The undercover cop whose faith and friendship mean the world to Adrian and Zooey … and whose fate might well rest in their hands. The doctor who proved the individual personhood of the Kimreans (though the “how” is never really explained) and who remains in their lives to this day. All are multi-dimensional and funny and weird and beautifully unique. Cantero’s San Carnal is a funhouse mirror salute to societal self-involvement, an urban amalgam that imports bits of vital venality from a variety of cityscapes, from Vegas to Venice Beach. It’s an ideal setting for such a story, chimeric in much the same way as the story’s star(s). “This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us” is a hilarious trip of a novel, self-aware and subversive in all the best ways. Cantero’s multitude of inspirations come together in a marvelous morass, creating a story driven by unconventional heroes and unexpected villains. It celebrates its influences even as it challenges them. A remarkable work from a remarkable writer.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Doctor Moss

    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. 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. Nevermind the stereotypes, for now at least, suspend disbelief in the whole idea, and just take in the show. Kimrean is a constant battle between their two selves, but, since they share a single body, they have to reconcile themselves somehow into single courses of action, as inconsistent as they may be. That’s especially poignant for a private detective, making plans and executing them with lives on the line. Kimrean’s path naturally jerks right and left, it never goes straight. The plot is really more of a chance to play out the character. Kimrean is hired by the police in San Francisco to help save an undercover agent and prevent a gang war. Between Adrian’s lack of social awareness and Zooey’s impulsiveness, Kimrean’s style is refreshingly unsubtle and crazed. They (Kimrean is/are always referred to in the plural) can be brilliant in a Sherlock Holmes way, but often hunchy and wrong. But, like I said, the plot is just the train the character rides, like a Hitchcockian McGuffin — only in this case, it’s the whole plot, not just some part of it, that’s the McGuffin. And I think it works. It works well enough that I’d like to see Cantero write a sequel or two — Kimrean Mysteries. I think the character is strong enough, and the whole idea of its conflicting sides issuing in a single course of brilliant action is interesting enough, to support a series. If you want to intellectualize, and you don’t want to just go back and beat on the stereotyping of the A and the Z sides, then think about the depiction of consciousness here. Chimeric twins are real — two sets of genetic material within the same body (e.g., from cases in which one of two biological twins doesn’t survive to birth, and its genetic material merges with the twin who does survive), but the extrapolation from there to functioning twin conscious lives within a single body — that’s kind of a fun thing to think about. What makes a unified consciousness in the first place? There is also a breaking-the-first-wall literary device. The story, and at least some of the characters in it (including of course Kimrean) know that they are part of a detective story, or that reality itself is a story — one way, the other, or both. But Cantero doesn’t play that element heavily. It comes and goes, after it introduces the story at the very beginning. I’m not even sure how successful it is here, or how much it adds, beyond just adding to the spirit of the fun and not taking things too seriously. I guess that’s the whole point. And you can get a little intellectual about it, too, if you want.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    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?"

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janelle

    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 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 best person for the job. They might share the same body, but they control different hemispheres of the brain. Adrian controls the left side: he is genius level smart, analytical, and ultra-logical. Zooey controls the right: she is impulsive, creative, and extremely passionate. These two are in a round the clock struggle with each other, and Danny has to rely on them to prevent this imminent threat to San Carnel. This story totally caught me off guard as I had no idea what to expect. Cantero is an inventive and clever writer, but it can take some getting used to. The entire book is laugh out loud funny, but it also has depth and a well thought out investigative case. I loved reading the different personalities of A.Z. as they are so extremely dissimilar; logical Adrian with his Sherlockian ways and Zooey with her ability to talk to anybody is just so brilliant. There is so much imagination behind this story yet it’s very methodical. And all the pop culture references really put the cherry on the cake! THIS BODY’S NOT BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US is perfectly paced, inundated with dark wit, and laced with unique style.

  15. 3 out of 5

    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 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, observant, logical, analytical genius and Zooey into an endlessly creative wildcard who’s addicted to life. It’s a promising concept with plenty of sequel material, but, as the first book to ever feature these characters, it’s a little rocky in places and the first rock is a big one. The writing style. The most glaring example of what I mean sits right at the beginning of the book. Just before chapter one, there’s an opening (that’s unlabeled, so let’s just call it the prologue) that’s a great, big ball of “huh?”. Our introduction to our main character, who definitely merits some explanation, is told though some messy, jarring shifts in perspective. It’s meant to be a funny interrogation scene with many winks to the audience, but that’s a rough way to introduce the reader to new material. Maybe it would have made for an interesting movie opening, but as the introduction of this book, it’s a blind, dizzying stumble into an uncertain world. Zooey’s ‘oh-so-random’ humor falls flat and I entered chapter one having no idea what was going on since everything in the prologue has no bearing in the rest of the book. If you can get used to the odd narrative flow, the book has a fairly interesting plotline involving assassination, gang wars and undercover cops. The Kimreans make for a unique duo and, at their best, the pair are written well enough to be put alongside any classic love/hate buddy cop team. However, there are places where the story just doesn’t work. Most of the time, the success of Adrien’s deductive reasoning and Zooey’s crackpot, spontaneous schemes are too contrived and rely heavily on Deus Ex Machina. Honestly, the entire investigative side of this “detective” novel is downplayed drastically for the sake of comedy, so don’t go into this expecting Agatha Christie. Without spoilers, all I can say is that the most important clues needed to solve this mystery appear AFTER the final confrontation. There is no conceivable way to predict the twist at the end and if anyone tells me they saw it coming, I’m going to have to call BS. That said, I did enjoy the ride. It’s less of a deep, psychological, mystery/thriller and more a fun, crude, romp with a band of likable characters and, oh yeah, there happens to be a murder. Set your expectations to ‘fun’ and you’ll like TBIBEFTBOU just fine. Three stars. Worth the read. If there are sequels featuring the Kimreans, I’d happily give them a try.

  16. 3 out of 5

    Devin Scott Yarbrough

    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 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 a nearby Japanese cartel as the culprits, Danny knows that a gang war is imminent. There is only one man he hopes to prevent it, even if “man” isn’t necessarily the right noun to use. Adrian and Zooey Kimrean are twins that share everything; an office, a desk- and the same body. Adrian is “the internet with Asperger’s”. He is logical, brilliant, yet apathetic to nearly everything and everyone. He is the left side of the brain. Zooey is creative, emotional, impulsive, and depraved to her core. She is the right side of the brain. These siblings are in constant battle, each trying to control their body and struggling to subdue their counterpart. Danny must rely on A.Z. Kimrean, or particularly Adrian, to prevent a gang war that will sweep through the San Carnal area before it even starts.

  17. 3 out of 5

    Sergiy

    Given that "meddling kids" was my favorite book of 2017, you can probably imagine I was pretty excited for Edgar Contero's latest novel. I did get a free copy from the publisher, however any bias in my review is due solely to already liking the author's work to begin with. The book is about AZ Kimrean a detective/PI who is really two people in one body. Hilariously, or sadly depending on your point of view the two people are complete polar opposites. Adrian Kimrean is the logical somewhat OCD ant Given that "meddling kids" was my favorite book of 2017, you can probably imagine I was pretty excited for Edgar Contero's latest novel. I did get a free copy from the publisher, however any bias in my review is due solely to already liking the author's work to begin with. The book is about AZ Kimrean a detective/PI who is really two people in one body. Hilariously, or sadly depending on your point of view the two people are complete polar opposites. Adrian Kimrean is the logical somewhat OCD anti-twin to Zoey's ADHD hypersexual and impulsive personality. This is hard to explain, and I'm not going to try, but take my word for it that the book does a good job doing so. One of the things I liked the most about meddling kids was the writing style. At first I confused it for magical realism, then I realized that it stems from an extremely vivid world view. Minute details are emphasized, and mundane day to day things such as motes of dust can be personified. This way of writing comes back in spades in his latest book. If anything the author has really matured and perfected the style. The other aspect of the writing is the nearly constant breaking o of the fourth wall, where the narrative is basically having a conversation with the reader. There's a hilarious joke aimed at advance reader copy reviewers, which pretty nearly hit the mark. There was also an amazing scene where the action is stopped for a split second, and the reader is asked to take a step back and imagine the absurdity of the situation by placing it in the context of where they are currently. About 10 hours into a trans-pacific flight and groggily imagining an automobile materializing in the cabin was pretty trippy, thanks Edgar! The change in genre had me worried at first, as I'm not much of a detective mystery reader [aside from the obligatory(?) read through of all Sherlock Holmes] I thought maybe this really wouldn't be my thing. Certainly all the noir stuff mostly flew over my head, my only experience with this aspect of the genre comes from listening tot he Guy Noir private eye skits on prairie home companion. True fans of the genre may either find more references to their liking, or find aspects of the book to be lacking. This is something I can't comment on, what i can say is that the book basically transcends the genre. As Io mentioned earlier the unique writing style is something that really appealed to me from the start. If I had to compare it to another author I would say it is vaguely reminiscent of Douglas Adams. One thing that seemed to bother a lot of people in the previous book were the made up words, these seem to be gone as far as I can tell, however I don't think any of those people were going to like the book anyway. Hopefully this was an independent creative choice and not influenced by some of the online comments I saw following the previous book. Perhaps made up words don’t fit as well with the slightly more "serious" themes in this book. The book is filled with humor, a lot of it dark. If you didn't like meddling kids, or you don't like dark and/or overtly sexual humor you will probably not enjoy this book. Otherwise I really think this is worth a shot, I certainly had immense enjoyment from reading it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Fisherman’s Wharf is home to private eyes A. Kimrean and Z. Kimrean. The door to their rundown office shows both names, but when you look inside there is only one desk, one chair, and one androgynous P.I. decked out in a tank top and waistcoat. Collectively known as A.Z., this body holds twin siblings, Zooey and Adrian. Adrian is the brains, while Zooey is the hedonistic free spirit. Together they are locked in one body as chimeric twins. The combination is strange, but it has won the hearts of Fisherman’s Wharf is home to private eyes A. Kimrean and Z. Kimrean. The door to their rundown office shows both names, but when you look inside there is only one desk, one chair, and one androgynous P.I. decked out in a tank top and waistcoat. Collectively known as A.Z., this body holds twin siblings, Zooey and Adrian. Adrian is the brains, while Zooey is the hedonistic free spirit. Together they are locked in one body as chimeric twins. The combination is strange, but it has won the hearts of the local San Francisco police department. In their latest case, Kimrean is working to find out who is killing off the sons of local drug cartel boss, Victor Lyon. On the outside it appears the murders are a result of a turf war with another local gang, but Kimrean doesn’t believe that to be true. They will use their unique detective style and out of the norm antics to discover the truth. Just when they think they have their hands full with the case, they realize they also need to save an undercover cop, deal with an eleven-year-old stowaway, and stop an all out gang war from happening in the streets of San Carnal. Can Zooey and Adrian put their differences aside and focus on the task at hand? Will they stop the murderer before it’s too late for everyone involved? Last year I fell in love with Edgar Cantero’s unique and quirky writing style after reading MEDDLING KIDS. This year, I’m remembering where that love came from through the pages of THIS BODY’S NOT BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US. This book is downright fun! For starters, the premise of A.Z. Kimrean is a unique one I haven’t read about before. The idea of both Zooey and Adrian controlling one body and the struggles between their polar opposite personalities adds to the entertainment value of this book. Not to be outdone by the main characters, Cantero adds in secondary characters who are interesting and make the reader want to care about what will happen to them. I guarantee you’re going to love spunky, eleven-year-old Ursula! The actual case that Kimrean is working to solve is a gangster battle straight out of a movie. This book is action-packed, addictive, and easily one of the most fun and exciting titles I’ve read all year! If you’re looking for a crime fiction tale riddled with comedic relief and out-of-the-box main characters pick this one up!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Brother and sister P.I. team Adrian and Zooey Kimrean are on the case. Dealing with femme fatales and neckless thugs is just Tuesday for them, which is why the police are calling them in to help with the drug war that is exploding in town. Because their undercover guy, Danny Mojave, needs help before he ends up as collateral damage in the hostile takeover of the top drug cartel. Danny asks for the Kimreans, and his superiors decide to go along so as not to destroy the 18-month undercover investi Brother and sister P.I. team Adrian and Zooey Kimrean are on the case. Dealing with femme fatales and neckless thugs is just Tuesday for them, which is why the police are calling them in to help with the drug war that is exploding in town. Because their undercover guy, Danny Mojave, needs help before he ends up as collateral damage in the hostile takeover of the top drug cartel. Danny asks for the Kimreans, and his superiors decide to go along so as not to destroy the 18-month undercover investigation and everything that they've uncovered so far.  Pretty typical private eye story so far, right?  Nope.  Zooey and Adrian work together because they have to, not because they want to. Adrian is the scientific one, depending on facts and figures, rational and unemotional. Zooey is a wild child, excited by food, alcohol, sex, and driving like a banshee. It would seem like they have nothing in common, but they actually have a lot in common--their body. Both Adrian and Zooey occupy the same body, and they spend their time fighting against each other at least as much as they fight criminals.  With the sharp eye of Sherlock Holmes and the snarky wit of an entire writer's room full of comedians, Zooey and Adrian fight crime with intensity, intelligence, and more than a little insanity as they try to figure out who is trying to start a war so they can make sure their friend Danny can get out alive.  Edgar Cantero follows up last year's incredibly clever Meddling Kids with this intense lunacy disguised as a hard-boiled P.I. story. This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us is another brilliant send-up filled with unexpected one-liners, gigantic action sequences, and sarcasm to spare. If you're needing a high-octane, blow-soda-out-of-your-nose funny novel teeming with pop culture references flying faster than bullets, then this is the book for you. Huge fun and very highly recommended!  Galleys for This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us were provided by Doubleday Books through NetGalley, with many thanks. 

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emily Moore

    Edgar Cantero's newest novel flies by at hyperloop speeds. A.Z. Kimrean is a private detective in San Francisco living in a noir film but really in a self-aware book that flies through action and mystery while also trying not to run too many people over. A.Z. Kimrean is like anyone else except that they're actually two distinctly different people (different DNA and everything) sharing one body. Adrian represents the left half of the brain — analytical and strategic and socially inept. Zooey is t Edgar Cantero's newest novel flies by at hyperloop speeds. A.Z. Kimrean is a private detective in San Francisco living in a noir film but really in a self-aware book that flies through action and mystery while also trying not to run too many people over. A.Z. Kimrean is like anyone else except that they're actually two distinctly different people (different DNA and everything) sharing one body. Adrian represents the left half of the brain — analytical and strategic and socially inept. Zooey is the right brain — all passion and creative and slightly addicted to everything. Together, they are a cyclone of shifting moods and abilities of two siblings constantly stuck together. As a private detective newly released from psychiatric hold with only a slightly expired license to work, Kimrean gets a job helping an undercover cop find who exactly is murdering a crime boss's children. From the second the story starts, we're set on an insane ride culminating in a literal insane car ride. If you've read any of Edgar Cantero's other work you'll find his sarcastic, fast-paced writing style and dialogue familiar. It fits the content of emulating an old style noir film well while being completely self-aware. As the first in what appears to be a series, I'm excited to see where these characters will go. I will say my only complaint is that there is so much action and movement we don't get a moment to get to know the characters or get invested in what's going on. At the end of the book it was hard for me to even remember how we even got there with giant leaps being made with no explanation. Since this is satire though, it's a lot easier to forgive. I’m providing this review in return for an ARC through NetGalley.

  21. 3 out of 5

    Jessica Rentcome

    This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero is a raunchy, vulgar, hilarious take on the hard-boiled detective/noir mystery with a Jekyll and Hyde twist. Adrian and Zooey Kimrean (known as AZ Kimrean) are chimeric twins that share the same body but control different hemispheres of the brain (Adrian is the logical one and oftentimes reminds me of Sherlock Holmes, while Zooey is the emotional one and is often easily distracted and a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac). The story kicks off w This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero is a raunchy, vulgar, hilarious take on the hard-boiled detective/noir mystery with a Jekyll and Hyde twist. Adrian and Zooey Kimrean (known as AZ Kimrean) are chimeric twins that share the same body but control different hemispheres of the brain (Adrian is the logical one and oftentimes reminds me of Sherlock Holmes, while Zooey is the emotional one and is often easily distracted and a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac). The story kicks off when San Francisco PD calls in a favor and AZ are asked to investigate the murders of 2 sons of a local mobster/gang boss. From there, the story takes on a life of its own as the fourth wall is frequently broken, dozens of pop culture references are made, and archetypes and tropes of the noir genre are played out for laughs. Despite the heavy humor elements of the novel, it remains a deeply satisfying case to investigate and the balance between Adrian’s Sherlockian observations and Zooey’s outrageous people skills combine for the best of both detective worlds. I loved this book so, so much and spent more time laughing out loud than I probably should have during a murder investigation. I cannot wait to read it again.

  22. 3 out of 5

    Tobin Elliott

    Have to say, I had a love/hate relationship with this book. There are times it is simply brilliant and funny and exactly what I was hoping for. But there are spots where all the irreverent wink wink self-indulgence just becomes a little too much. I enjoy intelligent humour, and I don't even mind if the author intrudes for a specific purpose, but there were things in this one—certain phrases and such—that completely popped me out of the story and made me start thinking of Cantero's writing process Have to say, I had a love/hate relationship with this book. There are times it is simply brilliant and funny and exactly what I was hoping for. But there are spots where all the irreverent wink wink self-indulgence just becomes a little too much. I enjoy intelligent humour, and I don't even mind if the author intrudes for a specific purpose, but there were things in this one—certain phrases and such—that completely popped me out of the story and made me start thinking of Cantero's writing process. I really enjoyed Meddling Kids but I feel like, in this one, Cantero's editor told him that all that fun stuff that worked so well in that last book? Yeah, amp that shit up to eleven! It was just a bit too much. Still, I enjoyed the convoluted story and most of the humour.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Allyson Grove

    I received a free copy of the book from Doubleday Books, so thank you to them. Overall I really enjoyed this book. Noir is not typically something I read so I can not say how well this is in that aspect, but as a detective story it kept me guessing. The book was action packed and always moving. Adrian and Zooey Kimrean are not your average P.I.'s and that makes them all the better. It was a fun, quick read and my only complaint was that sometimes the dialogue and action jumped around so much it I received a free copy of the book from Doubleday Books, so thank you to them. Overall I really enjoyed this book. Noir is not typically something I read so I can not say how well this is in that aspect, but as a detective story it kept me guessing. The book was action packed and always moving. Adrian and Zooey Kimrean are not your average P.I.'s and that makes them all the better. It was a fun, quick read and my only complaint was that sometimes the dialogue and action jumped around so much it took a couple rereads of the page to catch myself up. Overall though, I'm recommending it to all my friends that want an quick moving mystery.

  24. 3 out of 5

    Sandradine

    Be warned: this book will keep you breathless with bursts of laughter (so think twice before reading it in public because you won't be able to stop yourself); wonder at the author's ingenuity in taking all the ingredients of a noir novel and making a fantastic, roller-coaster ride of it all. But, as if all that isn't enough, the language mastery displayed by the author is akin to ambrosia. This book is filled with gems of wordplay which grab you by your vitals and won't let you go 'til the very l Be warned: this book will keep you breathless with bursts of laughter (so think twice before reading it in public because you won't be able to stop yourself); wonder at the author's ingenuity in taking all the ingredients of a noir novel and making a fantastic, roller-coaster ride of it all. But, as if all that isn't enough, the language mastery displayed by the author is akin to ambrosia. This book is filled with gems of wordplay which grab you by your vitals and won't let you go 'til the very last word. This is one of those rare books that requires several readings to fully digest its delectable depths. Bravo!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Incredibly enjoyable book, once you relax into the concept. I admit, I had no idea what was going on for the introduction, but once the reality of the lead was explained (I won't even try to explain it here) there was no problem. A bit of a satire of hardboiled P.I. stories, it is a bit insane but also works well as a semi-straightforward crime novel. I continue to enjoy everything Edgar Cantero produces.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Thanks to the publisher for a free copy through the Keep Turning Pages Goodreads group. This is a book I would have never considered reading on my own. The first 1/4 was tough to get through, the next 1/4 was a bit better and the last half was fairly decent. This is the second Cantero book I’ve read due to this group. He does a good job writing, it’s just that I’m really not interested in the story line/genre.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zack

    Most fun read I've encountered in a while with an unforgettable protagonist/s, and walks the tightrope of acknowledging the tropes you're playing with and still pulling them off. My only real complaint is that it's too damn short, but hopefully the hints of an ongoing series take care of that.

  28. 3 out of 5

    Bethany McPherson

    I fear people will look at the main characters and turn away without giving this delightful poke at noir fiction a chance. That would be a mistake, for while there is humor enough (many of the jokes self deprecating) to fill the pages there is also a strong heart that beats throughout the novel giving purpose and pose to the zainy hijinks.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Georgette

    This was fun! I enjoyed this (and I'm not sure why) more than "Meddling Kids". If you like unique, odd, and "out there", this is a good one

  30. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Read for the Read Harder 2018 challenge: read a book with an ugly cover. In that regard, it fulfilled its obligation.

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