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Charlie and Eli Sisters are a pair of ruthless killers in 19th century America during the Gold Rush. Their latest assignment is to dispatch a man in California, who has allegedly stolen something from their employer. Eli is the narrator of their journey, which turns out to be less straightforward than anticipated. He has a touchingly kind heart when he is not doing his day job as a killer, as well as a surprisingly educated turn of phrase. (I could almost see myself falling for him if he weren't so fat and unwashed).
Some reviewers have compared this book to Cormac McCarthy's work; I would strongly dispute this despite the dark humour, since McCarthy has a much denser prose style. However, one could be forgiven for suspecting that Patrick deWitt is really a pseudonym for the Coen Brothers ;)
This was the funniest novel I had read in years, and I would thoroughly recommend it.