Funny things happen when a scatterbrained young American named Mike goes to Paris to become rich and famous composing wise and wonderful aphorisms. Commercial success eludes him, yet he nevertheless enjoys an exciting lifestyle of Left Bank hijinks…until he meets and marries a strange Russian girl whose family makes its living by stealing from senile old people. As the story begins, Mike is living with his wife’s family in a large apartment belonging to his wife’s wealthy godmother. The family is bilking her. Furious at his ignoble domestic situation, and disappointed by the failure of his aphorisms business, Mike decides to murder the leader of the family, his wife’s diabolical aunt, in order to win the godmother’s fortune for himself. He enlists the help of two friends: a highly competent but amoral Englishman and a crazy Italian-American painter. Elaborate schemes are hatched, all of which move Mike toward a new career, one less glamorous than originally envisioned but better suited to his talents.
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.*
When I received the email press release for Ticket on a Crippled Crab, I was excited, because this dark comedy seemed like a book right up my alley, and the kind of book I could fall in love with. Sadly, once I started reading, I realized this wasn’t going to be the case. I ended up not being able to finish the book.
I cannot tell, if I don’t prefer Robert Kettering as an author, or if it was cause of the characters in the book. Mike the main character is completely ADHD and I struggled to keep up with everything he had going on. One moment he was thinking about his writing, and the next thinking about hooking up with some young girl, or thinking about his wife’s family. The Mike’s scatterbrain made it, so I could not connect or follow the story line properly, and after getting 13 chapters into it, I had to give up.
I honestly think I would like Ticket on a Crippled Crab, if Mike and his partners like Harper where a bit more tone down. Everyone felt very over the top and overwhelming to me.
If I saw Ticket on a Crippled Crab at one of my local bookstores, I would definitely pick it up based on reading the synopsis and the cover. Both really catch my attention and drag me in.
I am giving Ticket on a Crippled Crab 1/5 stars.
About the Author:
Robert Kettering divides his time between the U.S.A. and France (Colorado Springs and Courbevoie, to be more precise). In the United States, his time fragments among shopping malls, television stations and the humor website dearprofessorknowledge.com, whereas in France, life is simpler, usually apportioned more or less equally between the café on the corner and the one down the street. Over the years, he has hobnobbed with many famous literary figures, and enjoys dropping names and telling stories about these characters. Samuel Beckett, for example, was a drinking buddy of his for several months without Mr. Kettering being aware of Sam’s full name, literary achievements or their mutual eminence. He did most of the talking and all of the bragging. “Ticket On A Crippled Crab” is something else. He hopes you will enjoy reading it.