A darkly humorous, surprisingly poignant, and utterly gripping debut novel about a guy who works in Hell (literally) and is on the cusp of a big promotion if only he can get one more member of the wealthy Harrison family to sell their soul.
Peyote Trip has a pretty good gig in the deals department on the fifth floor of Hell. Sure, none of the pens work, the coffee machine has been out of order for a century, and the only drink on offer is Jägermeister, but Pey has a plan—and all he needs is one last member of the Harrison family to sell their soul.
When the Harrisons retreat to the family lake house for the summer, with their daughter Mickey’s precocious new friend, Ruth, in tow, the opportunity Pey has waited a millennium for might finally be in his grasp. And with the help of his charismatic coworker Calamity, he sets a plan in motion.
But things aren’t always as they seem, on Earth or in Hell. And as old secrets and new dangers scrape away at the Harrisons’ shiny surface, revealing the darkness beneath, everyone must face the consequences of their choices.
Lux brilliantly combines satire, suspense, and pathos in her remarkably assured debut. Peyote Trip literally works in Hell—in the Deals Department, where his job is to get people to sign away their souls. Trip and his colleagues, who have the ability to read the prayers of the desperate, can trick them into signing a binding document without sweating the fine print. To be promoted, Trip needs to land one more soul. He's already ensnared four generations of the Harrison family; binding the soul of a member of the fifth generation would make a "Complete Set," an achievement that would allow his memories of all the suffering he's inflicted to be wiped away. Meanwhile, chapters told from the perspective of various Harrisons focus on a murder 20 years earlier for which Philip Harrison, "a wild child back in the day, always taking girls for rides on his motorcycle," was charged. Lux balances the whodunit plot and her antihero's quest perfectly as the action builds to a surprisingly moving place. Readers of paranormal crime series such as Jim Butcher's Dresden Files will be eager to see what Lux has up her sleeve next. Agent: Lucy Cleland, Kneerim & Evans.
One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Absolutely amazing!!