Dead Mann Running: A Hessius Mann Novel

Dead Mann Running: A Hessius Mann Novel

by Stefan Petrucha
     
 

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Just because a bullet has your name on it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t duck…

Either I’m stubborn, or it’s rigor mortis, but being dead didn’t stop me from being a detective or finding my wife’s killer. But it’s tough out there for a zombie, and lately it’s been getting tougher. These days the life-challenged

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Just because a bullet has your name on it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t duck…

Either I’m stubborn, or it’s rigor mortis, but being dead didn’t stop me from being a detective or finding my wife’s killer. But it’s tough out there for a zombie, and lately it’s been getting tougher. These days the life-challenged have to register and take monthly tests to prove our emotional stability. See, if my kind gets too low, we go feral. I’ve been feeling a little down lately myself…

So when a severed arm—yeah, just the arm—leaves a mysterious briefcase at my office, my assistant, Misty, thinks figuring out where it came from will keep me on track. But this case goes deeper and darker than I imagined, and my imagination gets pretty dark. Turns out the people after it know more about my past life than I can remember, and even more about what I’ve become.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Petrucha builds on his first highly creative zombie detective novel, 2011’s Dead Mann Walking, in this top-notch sequel, which has enough action, deduction, and humor to be a must-read for urban fantasy fans. In the near future, a huge chemical manufacturing concern, ChemBet, has developed a “self-perpetuating, neo-magical Radical Invigoration Procedure, RIP for short.” The process has created an underclass of zombies, subject to registration with the government and testing to identify those who will turn violent. Narrator Hessian Mann, an ex-cop turned PI, was executed for his supposed crimes and then subjected to RIP after DNA evidence exonerated him. Mann is gratified to hear that the inventor of RIP has apparently taken his own life eight years after sharing his discoveries with the world. The news coincides with the arrival in Mann’s office of an unusual client, even for him: a disembodied arm carrying a suitcase containing two vials of a mysterious blue liquid. Petrucha cleverly constructs an investigation with far-reaching implications, making the most of his fully realized setting. Agent: Joseph Veltre, the Veltre Company. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
“Fast-paced zombie noir with a melancholy bite, a sure antidote for the blandness of traditional zombie fare.”—David Wellington, author of Monster Island: A Zombie Novel
 
“Petrucha successfully portrays the walking dead as more than mindless, flesh-eating killing machines, thanks to careful details of zombie life, culture, and slang.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“With a zombie noir feel to the tale, readers will enjoy the escapades of Hess, private investigator.”—Alternative Worlds

“My old writing partner has brought the same magic to Dead Mann Walking that he injected into his run on the X-Files comics. A smashing good read.” —Charlie Adlard, artist The Walking Dead

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451464743
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Series:
Hessius Mann Novel Series, #2
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,053,629
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Fast-paced zombie noir with a melancholy bite, a sure antidote for the blandness of traditional zombie fare.”—David Wellington, author of Monster Island: A Zombie Novel

“Petrucha successfully portrays the walking dead as more than mindless, flesh-eating killing machines, thanks to careful details of zombie life, culture, and slang.”—Publishers Weekly

“With a zombie noir feel to the tale, readers will enjoy the escapades of Hess, private investigator.”—Alternative Worlds

“My old writing partner has brought the same magic to Dead Mann Walking that he injected into his run on the X-Files comics. A smashing good read.” —Charlie Adlard, artist The Walking Dead

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