Thomas Hocknell's 2nd tale of The Life Assistance Agency is out now from Urbane Publications
Hocknell returns with the Agency eager to stay away from anything involving angels following the fallout of the first novel's conclusion in Prague.
Ben and Scott though are drawn into another angelic tale when the phone rings and they are asked to write the autobiography of a 1980s has-been pop star from the band Elev-8. When they meet said pop star, they also encounter 'Blind' Billy Fury a wrestler and his pretty assistant, Amber.
What follows is a very droll and story which is full of witty observations of life itself, understanding your place in the role. Ben the main protagonist of the lead pair, becomes a puppy dog when he encounters Amber and while he is not looking for love, he did not know he was until he saw her.
The back and forth of dialogue is done cleverly without forcing narrative nor plot, the characters are the ones who force this plotline. The reveal of the plot about forty pages from the end, is a nicely done twist which hits Ben and Scott over the head like an anvil falling from the sky upon Wily. E. Coyote.
This is written with a real clarity and brevity which is rare to see, partly because it is an intriguing set-up and Hocknell likes his characters; not treating them with disdain for being cynical at times but embracing that personality he has imparted upon them.
Unfinished Business is a win-win for Hocknell; a great continuation and sequel to his first book and the start of a true series to follow.