"Chop Shop is a wild blend of pulp fiction with dark comedy; its engrossing plot always seems just about to spin out of control." - Foreword
Amber Hawthorne and Jolene Morris, roommates and business partners at the Hawthorne Funeral Home, are drowning in debt. Because both young women have trouble keeping their partying habits in line, they start selling body parts on the black market to keep their business alive – and their new buyers seem friendly and trustworthy enough at first. That is until the dead gangster they've recently parted up turns out to have been full of disease. Now Amber and Jolene's buyers want something else to make up for lost profits, leaving the two undertakers to learn sometimes running your own business can cost you an arm and a leg. Literally.
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When former mob doctor Frank Goode provides an abortion to Simone Pescatelli, the niece of the head of the Pescatelli crime family, it sets off a chain of unexpected and deadly events in this cinematic but overblown crime drama. Frank saves the life of Vasily, the heir to the Petrosky mob syndicate, but then Simone kills Vasily and Frank finds himself at the center of a potential war between the Pescatellis and Petroskys. Things only get worse when Amber Hawthorne and Jolene Morris, two down-on-their-luck morticians, agree to dispose of the body for Frank and deliver the parts to Rhino, a mysterious figure connected to the body harvesting trade. While the prose is richly descriptive, the story relies too heavily on stereotypes of European-American crime families. Racial and ethnic slurs abound, and the characters are poorly fleshed out caricatures. A twist that's meant to shock mostly frustrates. Post's skill with a sentence can't compensate for the novel's many flaws.