This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us: A Novel (Paperback)
Not Yet Published
From the New York Times bestselling author of Meddling Kids comes a mind-blowing, gender-bending, genre-smashing romp through the entire pantheon of action and noir.
In a dingy office in Fisherman's Wharf, the glass panel in the door bears the names of A. Kimrean and Z. Kimrean. Private Eyes. Behind the door there is only one desk, one chair, one scrawny, androgynous P.I. in a tank top and skimpy waistcoat. Collectively known as A.Z., the Kimreans are twin brother and sister. They have been locked in mortal battle since they were in utero . . . which is tricky because they, very literally, share a single body. That's right. One body, two pilots. The ultimate sibling rivalry.
But they're going to have to learn to work together on this dangerous case. Someone is murdering the sons of the ruthless drug cartel boss known as the Lyon. He hires A.Z. Kimrean to infiltrate his inner circle and find out who is targeting his heirs. Along the way, they'll face every plot device and break every rule Elmore Leonard wrote before they can crack the case, if they don't kill each other (themselves) first. Beware crooked cops, neckless thugs, ninjas, and femme fatales, A.Z. Kimrean is on the case.
This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us is a brilliant comic thriller that celebrates and subverts in equal measure the noir detectives and action heroes that we all know and love. And ultimately, it's a novel about family, being weird, and claiming your place in your own crazy story.
About the Author
Edgar Cantero is a writer and cartoonist from Barcelona working in Catalan, Spanish, and English. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Meddling Kids and The Supernatural Enhancements.
"This Body is a book that lives in the intersection between reality and pop-culture, but it does so with a kind of honesty because that's where its characters live. Likely where Cantero lives, too. It packs more references, asides, call-outs and side-eyes into a single paragraph than anything you've ever read...once you settle into the rat-a-tat prattle of the dialog and the tinkling of shell casings hitting the floor, it's a ride, for sure."
"In A.Z. Kimrean, Cantero has written the funniest private investigator this side of Peter Sellers. How can you not love the warring siblings, opposites in a single body, as they outwit everyone they meet? You will. You will love them."
--Josh Malerman, New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Unbury Carol
“Audacious, clever, and ridiculously entertaining at every page turn… Subverting familiar tropes of the detective genre is a fertile playground for Cantero and the result is something extraordinarily alluring.”
“Cantero is exercising a lot of genre tropes in [Meddling Kids]–although not as psychedelically as he does in...the private-eye-skewering, gender-confounding This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us – and the exercise pays off in satisfying dividends. Especially because Joss Whedon, you know? Because Joss Whedon is, after all, only a single human being, and thus can’t possibly write All The Things That Are Kind Of Like This. So hallelujah that Edgar Cantero – a Barcelona native whose first language is Spanish, but who spits pop-culture in English like the savviest geek in, say, Sheboygan posting on Tumblr – is writing some of them.”
--The Austin Chronicle
“[A] winning spoof…Literary references (Bret Easton Ellis, John Grisham, and Ayn Rand in one sentence), clever quips (“an arrogance of college jocks”), and bad puns (a carpenter who loses his tools is a “saw loser”) keep the pages turning. Few will be able to resist Cantero’s broad, quirky humor.”