Dead Body Disposal by Jon Athan

Dead Body Disposal by Jon Athan

Max Baker, a 31-year-old accountant, finds himself in a desperate situation after killing a prostitute in his hotel room. ‘I lost control of myself,’ he says. ‘I couldn’t get the thought out of my head!’ Panicking and unable to dispose of the evidence by himself, he calls on his long-time friend John Kasper for help. Kasper is horrified and hesitant to help at first, but he can’t abandon his friend during his time of need. Max’s family and future are at stake. Together, they devise and execute one plan after another, hopelessly trying to hide Max’s crime…

But how do you make a dead body disappear from the 29th floor of a busy hotel?

Jon Athan, the author of Lovesick and The Groomer, invites you to spend a night with Max and Kasper to explore the human body in this extreme psychological horror novel. Do you have the guts to check-in?

WARNING: This novel contains graphic content. Reader discretion is advised.

The IndieMuse Review

Let’s start off with the most important thing—before you start the story:

If you think this book is going to be like that underrated classic movie Very Bad Things, you are completely, utterly wrong. There is no humor to be found between these pages.

To give an objective review without spoilers, I need to break this down into three parts:

The first part is visual and technical. As a norm, this author’s covers for his books are almost always impressive and gets the attention of the market it is catering for. This one lives up to the usual high standards.

Technically, the editing, grammar, pacing and flow is very well done. I can’t fault Mr. Athan on anything in those departments.

The second part is the extreme part for which this author is also known. Does it live up to the gory, gruesome, violent and depraved expectancy? Yes, it does. It lives up to the warnings—things get truly MESSED up (you have no idea how proud I am of myself for not using the f- word!) in this story. For those readers who values the story for how ‘wrong’ things can get, this one will not disappoint.

The third (and hardest) part is the story itself. In short, this is what the story is about:

Max Baker kills a prostitute in a hotel room on the 29th floor. Panicked, he phones John Kasper, his friend, to come and help him. Without wanting to get physically involved, Kasper tries to help him with his biggest problem…how to get rid of the body.

Everything seemed to fall apart from early on in the story. It seems like this tale has more holes than Wolverine’s boxing gloves. I will attempt to ask the following without giving too much away.

  • The relationship between Max and John seems to differ from chapter to chapter. Max sees him as a good enough friend to help him in the situation, yet thinks of him as dispensable. They’ve known each other from childhood, yet he mentions later on that they are not that close, and then later refers to him as his best friend.
  • Max goes to the hotel with the specific intent of killing a prostitute—even though he doesn’t know if he can go through with it. Yet, he books in under his real name, with all his information and credit cards on record, and calls a prostitute who may or may not have told somebody where she was going to meet her client.
  • Again, with murder in mind, he makes absolutely no plans for what happens afterward—which shows a completely disorganized killer mindset—yet he is an accountant (look at the personality type) and he makes enough plans to get away from his fiancé for the night and to lure a prostitute for the deed, which shows planning. But he never thinks about getting away with it?
  • He panics when the deed is done and calls his friend for help, but as he mentions throughout the story, there has been dreams of violence and murder, some urge toward it, yet he is not coming across as a psychopath—feeling guilt and empathy for his victim, yet still going through with some horrendous actions any normal person wouldn’t be able to stomach.
  • The plans they make—as true crime and horror fans—is completely disproportionate to the knowledge they share. They dismiss the simplest, possibly ‘sanest’ way to go about it with a very flimsy excuse, and some of the things they attempt from there is beyond ridiculous.
  • If there was supposed to be a twist at the end—you will know exactly what I’m talking about if you read this—I figured it out at about 23% into the story.

It saddens me to say the story line was below par for this author, and it is my personal feeling that he adjusted the actions and reactions toward the story, rather than letting the story lead him toward a more believable outcome.

Since the story is always more important than the splatter for me, I feel generous in giving this one two and a half stars.

Oh, yes, at the end of the story the author asks what you would have done to get rid of the body.

Very simple, sir, you need binoculars, tweezers and an empty box of matches. When the deed is done, simply turn the binoculars around so you look into them from the wrong way, which will make the body much, much smaller. Then you take the tweezers and gently put the dead girl into the matchbox. Simple, really.

Of course, when you leave, you will need a wood chipper (a la FARGO), but at least you’re out of the hotel.


Mort Stone lives in untamed Africa, where he rides his lion to work every morning to slave away as a scientist who learned how to fake competency.

Reading is his passion…well, the one he can admit to, anyway. As an aggressive pacifist, he chooses to fight vicariously through stories which can bring him no physical harm.

While he is almost confidant that his IQ is in the top 50%, his wife regularly reminds him of all the stupid things he does. He will neither admit nor deny the accusations of sarcasm, but he can act like he cares. Most of the time.

As an avid reader of horror and thrillers, and somewhat of a movie buff in those genres, he still blames his insomnia on Global Warming. Because he can.

He would also like to apologize in advance for any swear words which might slip through…he will blame that on the insomnia.

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  1. Kyla Watwood  

    Excellent story! Full of surprises and moves right along.

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  2. Linnie Douglas  

    I really enjoyed it. Every time I had to put the book down, I looked forward to picking it up again and getting back into the story. I recommend.

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