This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us: A Novel (Hardcover)

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This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero is a raunchy, vulgar, hilarious take on the hard-boiled detective/noir mystery with a Jekyll and Hyde twist. Adrian and Zooey Kimrean (known as AZ Kimrean) are chimeric twins that share the same body but control different hemispheres of the brain (Adrian is the logical one and oftentimes reminds me of Sherlock Holmes, while Zooey is the emotional one and is often easily distracted and a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac). 

The story kicks off when San Francisco PD calls in a favor and AZ are asked to investigate the murders of 2 sons of a local mobster/gang boss. From there, the story takes on a life of its own as the fourth wall is frequently broken, dozens of pop culture references are made, and archetypes and tropes of the noir genre are played out for laughs. Despite the heavy humor elements of the novel, it remains a deeply satisfying case to investigate and the balance between Adrian’s Sherlockian observations and Zooey’s outrageous people skills combine for the best of both detective worlds. 

I loved this book so, so much and spent more time laughing out loud than I probably should have during a murder investigation. I cannot wait to read it again.

— Jessica

This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero is a raunchy, vulgar, hilarious take on the hard-boiled detective/noir mystery with a Jekyll and Hyde twist. Adrian and Zooey Kimrean (known as AZ Kimrean) are chimeric twins that share the same body but control different hemispheres of the brain (Adrian is the logical one and oftentimes reminds me of Sherlock Holmes, while Zooey is the emotional one and is often easily distracted and a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac). 

The story kicks off when San Francisco PD calls in a favor and AZ are asked to investigate the murders of 2 sons of a local mobster/gang boss. From there, the story takes on a life of its own as the fourth wall is frequently broken, dozens of pop culture references are made, and archetypes and tropes of the noir genre are played out for laughs. Despite the heavy humor elements of the novel, it remains a deeply satisfying case to investigate and the balance between Adrian’s Sherlockian observations and Zooey’s outrageous people skills combine for the best of both detective worlds. 

I loved this book so, so much and spent more time laughing out loud than I probably should have during a murder investigation. I cannot wait to read it again. - Jessica

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"Joss Whedon...can’t possibly write All The Things That Are Kind Of Like This. So hallelujah that Edgar Cantero – a Barcelona native whose first language is Spanish, but who spits pop-culture in English like the savviest geek in, say, Sheboygan posting on Tumblr – is writing some of them.”--The Austin Chronicle

From the New York Times bestselling author of Meddling Kids comes a mind-blowing, gender-bending, genre-smashing romp through the entire pantheon of action and noir. It is also a bold, tautly crafted novel about family, being weird, and claiming your place in your own crazy story.


    In a dingy office in Fisherman's Wharf, the glass panel in the door bears the names of A. Kimrean and Z. Kimrean. Private Eyes. Behind the door there is only one desk, one chair, one scrawny androgynous P.I. in a tank top and skimpy waistcoat. A.Z., as they are collectively known, are twin brother and sister. He's pure misanthropic logic, she's wild hedonistic creativity. The Kimreans have been locked in mortal battle since they were in utero...which is tricky because they, very literally, share one single body. That's right. One body, two pilots. The mystery and absurdity of how Kimrean functions, and how they subvert every plotline, twist, explosion, and gunshot--and confuse every cop, neckless thug, cartel boss, ninja, and femme fatale--in the book is pure Cantero magic.
     Someone is murdering the sons of the ruthless drug cartel boss known as the Lyon in the biggest baddest town in California--San Carnal. The notorious A.Z. Kimrean must go to the sin-soaked, palm-tree-lined streets of San Carnal, infiltrate the Lyon's inner circle, and find out who is targeting his heirs, and while they are at it, rescue an undercover cop in too deep, deal with a plucky young stowaway, and stop a major gang war from engulfing California. They'll face every plot device and break every rule Elmore Leonard wrote before they can crack the case, if they don't kill each other (themselves) first.
     This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us is a brilliantly subversive and comic thriller celebrating noir detectives, Die Hard, Fast & Furious, and the worst case of sibling rivalry, that can only come from the mind of Edgar Cantero.

About the Author


Edgar Cantero is a writer and cartoonist from Barcelona working in Catalan, Spanish and English. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Meddling Kids and The Supernatural Enhancements.

Praise For…


"This Body is a book that lives in the intersection between reality and pop-culture, but it does so with a kind of honesty because that's where its characters live. Likely where Cantero lives, too. It packs more references, asides, call-outs and side-eyes into a single paragraph than anything you've ever read...once you settle into the rat-a-tat prattle of the dialog and the tinkling of shell casings hitting the floor, it's a ride, for sure."
--NPR.org

"In A.Z. Kimrean, Cantero has written the funniest private investigator this side of Peter Sellers. How can you not love the warring siblings, opposites in a single body, as they outwit everyone they meet? You will. You will love them."
--Josh Malerman, New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Unbury Carol

“Audacious, clever, and ridiculously entertaining at every page turn… Subverting familiar tropes of the detective genre is a fertile playground for Cantero and the result is something extraordinarily alluring.”
--SYFYWIRE

“Cantero is exercising a lot of genre tropes in [Meddling Kids]–although not as psychedelically as he does in...the private-eye-skewering, gender-confounding This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us – and the exercise pays off in satisfying dividends. Especially because Joss Whedon, you know? Because Joss Whedon is, after all, only a single human being, and thus can’t possibly write All The Things That Are Kind Of Like This. So hallelujah that Edgar Cantero – a Barcelona native whose first language is Spanish, but who spits pop-culture in English like the savviest geek in, say, Sheboygan posting on Tumblr – is writing some of them.”
--The Austin Chronicle

“[A] winning spoof…Literary references (Bret Easton Ellis, John Grisham, and Ayn Rand in one sentence), clever quips (“an arrogance of college jocks”), and bad puns (a carpenter who loses his tools is a “saw loser”) keep the pages turning. Few will be able to resist Cantero’s broad, quirky humor.”
--Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385543965
ISBN-10: 0385543964
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: July 31st, 2018
Pages: 256
Language: English