Moist by Mark Haskell Smith
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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 tattoo. But Bob isn't the only one with a stake in finding the arm's owner-the moment he sets off to find his true love, a colorful band of mobsters from Mexico and some of the L.A.P.D.'s finest cross his path in their desperate search for this peculiar piece of evidence.

From Amado, a one-armed murdered addicted to Mexican soap opera, to Martin, a Wharon graduate and cannabis aficionado, to Maura, a masturbation coach with unnatural urges, Bob finds himself entangled in a hilarious stew of murder, sex and mobster-style politics.

A first novel that is as sharp and biting as a salt-rimmed margarita,Faster, with a head-swiveling plot you'll love to untangle, Moist is whip-smart, stylish reading.

About Mark Haskell Smith

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Mark Haskell Smith is a screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles. This is his first novel.
Published October 7, 2002 by L.A. Weekly Books. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Before Bob can get the analyzed limb to the cops, he’s snatched by Esteban’s strike force, who decide they need to swap the criminal arm for a clean one before it goes back to the cops.

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Secondly, Esteban, the head of the LA Mexican Mafia of which Amado is a member, decides to hijack the arm as Bob is on his way to deliver it to the police station in order to prevent Amado's fingerprints from being identified.

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