About L.A. Rotten
On Sale: May 12, 2015
Published by : Alibi
For fans of Dexter and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Jeff Klima’s debut thriller is a chillingly suspenseful novel set in a world of violence and chaos—where one man finds himself right at home.
As an expert crime-scene cleaner, Thomas Tanner charges big money to carve out bullets, mop up fluids, disinfect walls, and dispose of whatever’s left of whomever was unlucky enough to require his services. For a handsome young ex-con determined to stay out of trouble, it’s practically a dream job—until he discovers a grisly pattern to his work: a string of gruesome murders at a cheap motel chain, always in Room 236.
While prying into a serial killer’s nasty scheme, Thomas finds himself with a sharp-witted strip-bar waitress plastered to his side—and his conscience. Even more surprising, the killer starts prying into his life, luring Thomas into a twisted friendship. As Thomas struggles against his adversary’s wicked whims, risking the lives of the few people he holds dear, bodies pile up everywhere he turns. With a psychopath calling the shots, Thomas has little choice but to clean house once and for all.
The info text say that this is for fans of Dexter and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I can't really see how you can in any way compare this book to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, well both books have serial killer, but hell, many books have serial killers in it. And, even though I enjoyed this book, it really don't feel like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the right book to compare this one to.
Anyway, as I stated before I did enjoy the book. I liked the cat and mouse chase between Tom and the motel room killer. That Tom wasn't some ordinary guy that the killer could scare of made the book even better. I mean, Tom is an ex-con heroin addict who cleans up crime-scenes that have no problems with cutting up dead bodies for a gang. The killer may be a psychopath, but Tom has been through hell and he won't backdown from getting to find out who the killer is, and stop him. And, then we have Ivy, the waitress that he manages to get fired and then feel sorry for. I liked their relationship; he needed her in his life.
It was a good read. I did feel that this wasn't really my kind of book in the beginning when I started to read it. But I stuck with the book and soon I was caught up with the story. So it was a pleasant surprise and I wouldn't mind reading more from Jeff Klima.
About Jeff Klima
Jeff Klima is the author of The Dead Janitors Club and the cofounder of Orange County Crime Scene Cleanup.