Henry James, the newest exterminator at Bug-Bee-Gone, sees
the job as a means to cleanse the sins of his dark past. But
standing between him and redemption are his careerist girlfriend,
sociopathic partner, the dysfunctional freaks he calls co-workers
and a weirdly ominous locked box that could hold the key to
an ancient mystery. Henry and his "bug brothers"
prowl the barrios and bungalows of Los Angeles, where the
line between order and chaos is at its thinnest - and where
Henry learns that humans may be the true pests, and bugs the
the first volume in The Exterminators series. Henry
James has just got out of prison and his mother's new boyfriend
is keen to help him turn over a new leaf. So, in his bid to
save this wayward soul, Nils employs James as a pest controller
in his Bug-Bee-Gone pest control business.
if one thing is likely to push James back into the prison
system it's working with the weird bunch that Nils has on
his payroll. There's Stretch (a cross between Roy Rogers and
the Dalai Lama); Kevin (who believes that the end of the world
is nigh and that bugs will be the cause of it); and AJ (who
by everyone's account is by far the most repulsive little
man on the planet).
Nils's researcher, the highly intelligent but incredibly secretive
Saloth, find out that the bug killer Bug-Bee-Gone is using
is actually doing something more than killing it's intended
target, a time bomb starts to tick down. Could it be that
Kevin's biggest fears are coming true?
and what on earth has a mysterious looking box with a number
of keyholes got to do with all of this? Actually, that's one
mystery that isn't fully examined here, but will no doubt
be an ongoing plot in the future.
Brothers is well worth picking up - there's nothing else
on the market quite like it!