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Posted February 24, 2004
Philly is kind of a typical P.I. type (security consultant) who has retreated to Hades, far, far from mother Earth. At the request of his obsessed neighbor, Percy, he tries to find out who is turning some of the Hades residents into zombies. Against their will. Because plenty are willing to become zombies¿after they¿re dead. Payment is rendered in advance and gives them a comfortable stretch before their not-so-permanent departure from this plane. But when the zombie gangs get you, you don¿t get paid and you get taken well before you¿re ready to go. When Percy gets arrested for breaking into computer files, Philly starts to dig deeper in the case, revealing the darkest side of this darker society. Author Lisa DuMond has hit the hardboiled nerve peg on, a talent for tone that she combines with her science fiction and horror inclinations, resulting in a novel that¿s both fun and a real whodunit puzzle book. A sci fi horror mystery with overtones of romance, Darkers crosses all the genres but remains accessible to fans of each category of fiction. This is an entertaining story that carefully details a really weird type of place, as a sort of social satire. But the story and its crime tale twists are never left behind, since DuMond vigilantly maintains her focus on the plot¿as a mystery author most properly should.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2000
Don't like sci-fi written by women? DARKERS is a must read guaranteed to change your mind. A campy tale of mayhem, mystery, and the truly bizarre, vividly told from the perspective of the unlikely hero. With frequent tongue-in-cheek asides from the usually horny, typically witty, but brutally honest and opinionated Phil, the reader gets swept up in the action and taken along for the ride.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.