Friday, October 19, 2012

Marvelous, Mysterious, Man of Mystery - Mr Blank

Mr Blank by Justin Robinson

* Received ARC from the publisher for review
* Book will be released October 23, 2012

 5 out of 5 gnomes

I adore this book.  I had no idea that I would enjoy this book so much, you never do learn the narrator’s real name but that’s what makes it so interesting.  This is one of those stories that just draws you in and will have you racing towards the last page all while actually laughing out loud a lot.  

The narrator or the story is one of those guys that blends into the background.  He’s blending in on purpose though because that’s what keeps him alive.  As the first line of the book states: “EVERY CONSPIRACY NEEDS A GUY LIKE ME.”  He does the grunt work for a myriad of organizations/secret societies.  The fun part is that the reader gets to see everything through his eyes and the structures and people that you meet in the various organizations are really funny.  

He’s making a pretty good living with these random jobs until one job leads to him almost being killed.  Things just snowball from there into some truly crazy situations.  These crazy situations are where the book gets truly intriguing because the narrator has to figure out what the heck is going on oh and how to stay alive.

The noir-like vibe and humor is what really cements everything together. The characters and situations are extremely well written, you can just easily visualize exactly what’s going on while reading.  I think this world would make for a tremendous tv show or movie.  

Being a tale full of noir it’s inevitable that the narrator would run into one heck of a dame. Mina is not your typical damsel in distress.  She’s a plus-size model with a lot of attitude who also kicks some serious butt. Her reactions to the crazy situation she finds herself in are very believable and most times she was the one that found the best solution to problems. They have almost a buddy cop like dynamic that’s hilarious to read.

Overall this book is a fast and funny read.  I recommend it highly especially if you love a good mystery and a book that’s full of funny.  I know I’m looking forward to seeing what the author chooses to write next.  Make sure to give Mr Blank a chance and check out this book when it’s released on October 23.


  1. I desperately want this to be a movie. You have NO IDEA.

    1. Yeah I think this would make for a seriously funny movie. :)

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    1. Thanks, glad you like it. :) I'm thinking this book will definitely make it into my top ten books of the year.


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