Hat Check by David F. Berens is an eye-opening funny but not quite hilarious romp through a field of dysfunctional characters. They are not maliciously dysfunctional, there is no intention to cheat and defraud others; it is that they act weird in response to events as they occur. Characters don’t seem to plan anything. Stuff just happens. I got the impression that the author created a bunch of characters, put them in a bunch of ridiculous situations then threw the book in the corner for a while. After some indeterminate period, Berens retrieved the novel and wrote transition events so that the characters all had some connected role in the final product. This is just my impression and I really liked the final product. I was amused and chuckled most of the way through the novel.