I wish we had 1/2 stars on GoodReads just for situations like this one here. No, I don't want to rate it 1 1/2 stars. I want to rate it 1/2 stars. Actually, if it was possible, I want to rate it zero stars.
The humor is forced. The main character is completely unlikable.
A boring disagreeable waste of my time. Which is unfortunate as I actually did rather enjoy another of Neal Barrett's books. Though, to be fair to myself, that one I liked was Science Fiction, and this one is Mystery.