Synopsis (from Amazon)
Marital troubles? Sick of life? Suicide the answer? Why not get yourself a contract killer? Nothing easier, provided you communicate only by phone and box number. You give him your photograph, specify when and where to find you, then sit back and prepare to die. Murdered, you will be of greater interest than ever you were in life. More to him than met the eye will be the judgment. A mysterious killing lives long in the popular memory. Our hero meticulously plans his own demise, except for one detail: what if he suddenly decides he wants to live? This darkly funny tale is Kurkov on top form.
Having read Death and the Penguin and Penguin Lost in the past I just couldn’t resist this book when I spotted it. And I wasn’t disappointed. It was certainly on par with Death and the Penguin, possibly even better. It made me chuckle in quite a few places [highlight for spoiler]especially the idea of hiring a hitman to kill a hitman you had hired so he couldn’t do his job! I really liked the main character (and narrator) and felt he could be real. Comparing this suicidal man to the woman in The Bell Jar there were actually quite similar in ways but the tone of this book was completely different and a bit of light relief. It’s interesting to see how two different authors can deal with the same subject in different ways. Great book.