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Hell by Robert Olen Butler

In Hell, television news anchor man Hatcher McCord dies and is sent to hell, where the Armani-clad Satan (with his own father issues) forces to him to deliver Hell's news in the afterlife. In the process, Hatcher encounters many historical and cultural luminaries, some forced to suffer strange punishments over and over again. Hatcher also develops a relationship with Anne Boleyn, who uses her severed head in ways Hatcher never imagined. Everybody he knows seems to be in hell, so is there a heaven? Is there a way out of hell? Perhaps J. Edgar Hoover, who has kept files on everybody in hell, has information that could be useful. Robert Olen Butler's novel has received mixed reviews with the Tampa Tribune saying, "In Hell, Robert Olen Butler has given us a rare treat - a novel that explores the darker side of human nature while making you laugh so hard iced tea almost comes out your nose (although that may be a rather, ah, specific case). Then, a few pages later, he creeps you out. And a few pages after that, things get so weird you're not sure what is happening. It's that kind of book."
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