This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us
Author: Edgar Cantero
Publisher: Anchor Books
It's not easy to find a book dripping with as much pop culture as This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us. From the very first sentence, Cantero's offbeat mystery novel keeps a breakneck pace, all while dropping references left and right. Where he succeeds the most is in making this a novel that is still very accessible, even though it could easily become bogged down with the fight to remain relevant.
The story follows the Kimrean twins, a pair of highly dichotomous brother and sister that run a private investigator business together. The only big catch? They occupy the same scrawny, androgynous body and grapple for control from moment to moment.
As curious of a concept as that may seem, Cantero's novel is not science fiction. It's a modernized take on the hard-boiled detective novel, and it's very aware of the tropes that come with that. While it's easy to lose sight of one aspect when you're doing so much, This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us does it all.
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