I really enjoyed this perfect gem of a mobster novel!
Like Flies from Afar is the story of mobster, Mr. Machi, who finds a faceless dead body in the trunk of his car. He is waiting for roadside assistance after his tire is “caltropped” or intentionally flattened on the Panamericana highway. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
Mr. Machi employs some muscle, Cesspit Pereyra. Cesspit, so named for his frequent use of four-letter words, is also a psychopathic killer. Kind of what you want for mobster muscle, am I right?
Mr. Machi begins to think Cesspit might have something to do with the body in the trunk. After all, the trunk was locked and the lock was unbroken. Just because you’re hopped up on multiple rails of cocaine, doesn’t mean you are unnecessarily paranoid.
I absolutely adored this short novel. I can’t wait to see it turn into the Tarantino movie that it deserves to be. Everyone is absolutely unremorsefully evil. It is such fun to get away from your daily problems by getting into someone else’s 500% worse problems. If you like mafia tales or black humor, you will love Like Flies from Afar as much as I did. 5 stars and one of my favorites this month!
Thanks to Farrar, Straus & Giroux and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.