Desperate Souls: Book Two in The Jake Helman Files Series

Desperate Souls: Book Two in The Jake Helman Files Series

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by Gregory Lamberson
     
 

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In this action-packed novel, Jake Helman—the ex-cop and zombie killer—has set up shop as a private investigator in lower Manhattan. When a woman hires Jake to prove that her dead grandson is dealing a deadly new drug called “Black Magic” on a Brooklyn street corner, Jake uncovers a plot by a vicious drug lord to use voodoo to seize the streets of… See more details below

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In this action-packed novel, Jake Helman—the ex-cop and zombie killer—has set up shop as a private investigator in lower Manhattan. When a woman hires Jake to prove that her dead grandson is dealing a deadly new drug called “Black Magic” on a Brooklyn street corner, Jake uncovers a plot by a vicious drug lord to use voodoo to seize the streets of New York City. Gun-wielding zombie assassins, hallucinations, and betrayal confront Jake at every corner, but voodoo creates more terror than zombies, and Jake finds himself poised on the edge of insanity as he fights to restore the soul of the one person he trusts. A combination of hard-core horror and hard-boiled crime fiction, this thriller is gripping and suspenseful.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An entertainingly cheesy fusion of splatterific horror and hard-boiled paranormal fantasy, the second installment of Lamberson’s Jake Helman Files (after 2009’s Personal Demons) pits the New York City ex-cop PI against an ambitious drug lord whose lethal new product, Black Magic, is literally turning its users into zombies. The combination of drug epidemic and cost-cutting NYPD layoffs sparks a crime wave of unparalleled brutality. After almost being killed by a gang of zombies, Helman vows to track down the people manufacturing and distributing Black Magic. He soon becomes the prime target of a ruthless drug dealer and his voodoo priestess girlfriend. The zombie battles are cheesily over-the-top, the character development is strong, and the pace is relentless. Dark fantasy fans will be impressed by this action-packed, gory, and witty read. (Oct.)
Midnyte Reader
There were also a few surprises that blindsided me to the point where I remember saying, Oh my God! out loud. The action scenes were exciting, well executed, and had me on the edge of my seat.
Library Journal
This is the second in what is likely to be a long-running series of supernatural private eye novels starring ex-cop and recovering cocaine addict Jake Helman. The first, Personal Demons, featured a soul-stealing demon as the Big Bad. Here, a new street drug called Black Magic is turning addicts into zombies. Lamberson (The Frenzy Way) is a writer/director of low-budget horror films, and this has the same schlocky feel. Details and continuity are sacrificed in favor of action, sex, and gore. Enjoyable but not terrific. BZG Jake kills one assailant by bashing its head in with a replica of the Maltese Falcon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605421490
Publisher:
Medallion Media Group
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Series:
Jake Helman Files Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
383
Sales rank:
799,222
File size:
3 MB

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