By: Kevin J. Anderson
Copyright: September 2012
Publisher: Kensington Fantasy
Ever since The Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it’s been hell being a detective—especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines “dead on arrival.” But just because he was murdered doesn’t mean he’d leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching.
Now he’s back from the dead and back in business—with a case load that’s downright unnatural. A resurrected mummy is suing the museum that put him on display. Two witches, victims of a curse gone terribly wrong, seek restitution from a publisher for not using “spell check” on its magical tomes. And he’s got to figure out a very personal question—Who killed him?
For Dan Chambeaux, it’s all in a day’s work. (Still, does ***everybody*** [delete: the media] have to call him “Shamble”?) Funny, fresh, and irresistible, this cadaverous caper puts the P.I. in R.I.P….with a vengeance.
Dan Chambeaux gives the appearance of a 1940’s old time P.I. , with the slouch hat and the .38 revolver on his hip, covered by his jacket. Partnering with a “Do-Gooder” lawyer just seems to make sense in this story. The story line here revolves around his murder, and the murder of his girlfriend, and office manager/legal secty Sheyanne.
The fact that dead people come back as zombie, and vampires have appeared in the real world makes this story take on a whole new level of intrigue. Who poisoned Sheyanne and put a bullet through the back of Dan’s head are only part of the story though. Dan’s list of clients reads like a who’se who of the fairy tail world. He’s got a Vampire who is an interior designer, and a dead artist who has come back to “life” making his family unhappy. Coming back means his art won’t suddenly jump up in value. Then when he starts painting a new masterpiece they steal it. He hires Dan to retrieve it for a share of the sale price.
The book is fun, cheeky and you won’t put it down until the last page says “The End”. You’ve got to buy, borrow, beg, or steal this book. It will definitely make your day.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received and ARC of this book from the publisher who only asked for a fair and impartial review.