Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim Series #2)

Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim Series #2)

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by Richard Kadrey
     
 

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“Sandman Slim is my kind of hero.”
—Kim Harrison

“Richard Kadrey is a genius.”
—Holly Black

Sandman Slim is back from Hell. After wreaking unholy havoc in author Richard Kadrey’s resoundingly acclaimed Sandman Slim, the demon-slaying anti-hero and half-angel fugitive from the underworld returns in

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“Sandman Slim is my kind of hero.”
—Kim Harrison

“Richard Kadrey is a genius.”
—Holly Black

Sandman Slim is back from Hell. After wreaking unholy havoc in author Richard Kadrey’s resoundingly acclaimed Sandman Slim, the demon-slaying anti-hero and half-angel fugitive from the underworld returns in a brutally funny, eye-poppingly inventive, and totally addicting follow-up, Kill the Dead. If you’re a fan of Buffy and Jim Butcher, Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Warren Ellis, or you dig the dark urban fantasy vibe of Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, and Simon Green, you’ll cheer Lucifer’s onetime personal assassin as he signs on as his ex-boss’ Hollywood bodyguard…and takes on the zombie apocalypse almost single-handedly.

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Stark spent eleven years in hell and he doesn't want to go back, but sometimes he has to admit that resurrection sucks. His job as Lucifer's bodyguard puts him in the path of zombies and other rogue monsters. Recently, however, it has also placed him in proximity to Brigitte Bardo, a French porno film star now aspiring to thrust her curvaceous body into more artistic pursuits. With his libido working overtime, Stark must remind himself to keep his mind on dangerous business. A sizzling series.

Publishers Weekly
James Stark, antihero of 2009's Sandman Slim, returns in this gritty, over-the-top tale of supernatural mayhem. Having taken his revenge on the rival magician who got him sent to Hell, Stark settles in sorcery-infested Los Angeles and gets a part-time gig with the Golden Vigil, an angelic hit squad of dubious morality that's somehow allied with Homeland Security. He spends the rest of his time as a freelance slayer of monsters. When Lucifer comes to Earth, supposedly to oversee a Hollywood biopic of his life, he hires Stark to be his bodyguard, but something isn't quite right and soon the city is awash in murderous zombies. Stark has to get to the bottom of the mystery or risk being sent back to Hell, along with everyone he cares about. Profane, intensely metaphoric language somehow makes self-tortured monster Stark sympathetic and turns a simple story into a powerful noir thriller. (Oct.)
Cory Doctorow
“Everything a sequel should be; that is, more. … There’s hardly a moment where you’re not chewing your fingernails to the wrist wondering what happens next. … Kadrey is a hell of a writer, versatile and seasoned, and these pulpy, dark, ultraviolent novels are his best work yet.”
San Diego Free Press
“Powerful, entertaining and exotically profane.”
Locus
“What’s best displayed by Kill the Dead is Kadrey’s snappy prose. From the first lines...you know you’re in for a Chandler-meets-the-undead treat.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Think Get Shorty meets Hellraiser.”
io9.com
“Hilarious … belongs up there with Dresden Files and Felix Castor novels. … some of the best supernatural buddy comedy ever created. ... This is that rare sequel that’s actually better than the first book (which was plenty great) and manages to take several leaps forward.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062063205
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Series:
Sandman Slim Series , #2
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
22,248
File size:
730 KB

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Cory Doctorow
“Everything a sequel should be; that is, more. … There’s hardly a moment where you’re not chewing your fingernails to the wrist wondering what happens next. … Kadrey is a hell of a writer, versatile and seasoned, and these pulpy, dark, ultraviolent novels are his best work yet.”

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey has published nine novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha from Hell, Devil Said Bang, Kill City Blues, The Getaway God, Killing Pretty, Butcher Bird, and Metrophage, and more than fifty stories. He has been immortalized as an action figure, his short story “Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye,” was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award, and Butcher Bird was nominated for the Prix Elbakin in France. A freelance writer and photographer, he lives in San Francisco, California.

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Kill the Dead 4.4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 252 reviews.
Re-Be More than 1 year ago
What a great follow up to the first novel. What I love most about Richard Kadrey is his no nonsense writing style. The reader doesn't have to muttle through page upon page of painfully detailed descriptions of minor characters and places. No whiny girls, no annoyingly benevolent heroes. This book is a win.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Richard Kadrey puts his slick spin on the supernatural back onto pages in this sequel to 2009's Sandman Slim. The titular character is back, along with many of his cohorts, to deal with yet another horrifying preternatural outbreak of ghoulies and goblins. Comparable stylistically to Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Kadrey has developed a surprisingly deep mythos to go along with his pulpy, creative, and easily readable material. Kill The Dead is fun, engaging, and increasingly creative. It is everything I wanted out of a sequel and I'd recommend it to anyone who's read "Sandman Slim" or are a fan of Jim Butcher.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Stark, known as Sandman Slim, is not a human. He is a Nephilim; the offspring of a fallen angel and a human mother. He has all the power of a Nephilim, but still was not strong enough to fight black magician Mason Faim, who dispatched him to hell for over a decade. When Lucifer releases Stark, he returns to hell on earth where he dispatches Mason back to Lucifer's kingdom. While there the mage mason tries to take over Lucifer's throne. The devil comes to earth to watch a picture of him being made and wants Stark to serve as his bodyguard. He also takes jobs for the Golden Vigil, sometimes called "Pinkerton's Angels, such as killing Eleanor the vampire, who wears a belt buckle that interests him for reasons he cannot figure out. Besides the Golden Vigil and Lucifer gigs, Stark works on fighting demons and a way to kill Mason. However, a new threat arises as zombies begin to walk the streets of Los Angeles killing all humans who cross their path. Stark has to figure out who is controlling the walking dead and get rid of him so the zombie menace will end. Stark is a terrific antihero whose conversations with a horde of paranormal and normal (that is in a specie sense; not a mental sense) is humorously biting satire. He is a half-breed who is neither angel nor demon, but works for both sides as he has no place with either. The story line is fast-paced, filled with high octane testosterone action, but is owned by Stark who tells his latest misadventures in a noir style first person account. Urban fantasy readers will fully appreciate the goings on in the city of angels. This reviewer can't wait for the next Sandman Slim novel. Harriet Klausner
AlbertG More than 1 year ago
"Imagine shoving a cattle prod up a rhino's ass, shouting "April fool!", and hoping the rhino thinks its funny."... So begins Kill The Dead, the second Sandman Slim novel by Richard Kadrey. Sandman Slim or James Stark as he is refered to throughout most of the novel is a strangely unique character. There are just enough references to his past to make me feel like I really missed out when I did not pick up the first Sandman Slim novel. Slim is a bounty hunter working for both the side of God in the form of the Golden Vigil run by an Angel to hunt down all sorts of evil creatures. The side is as bodyguard to Lucifer, yes that Lucifer. This novel delves into the darkness of night creatures that are the dead. Not the undead, but the dead. Zombies in all their variations and the mayhem that they shamble forth. And the blood. And the guts. And the feedings. I mean this book could be The Walking Dead but without all the seriousness and introspection. And that is a good thing. Kill The Dead hits the tongue in cheek horror genre right on the head and then steamrolls right through. Fun Fun Capital freaking FUN!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1st Sandman Slim novel A+. 2nd novel A. 3rd novel genuflection plus chant. This guy can write and that is a fact. Buy his books. Support this crazy man. Keep him in tattoos.
brjunkie More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS SERIES! Lucifer hires Stark as his bodyguard. Why would the devil need a bodyguard? Stark is suspicious that the fallen angel Lucifer may be his father, while he fights a zombie army. A movie is being made in Hollywood about Lucifer, sort of like a life story by the people's souls that he owns. Way more is going on than that. Not wanting to give away a huge wow moment in the book (which may leave this brief and vague), Stark comes upon a unique zombie that may give him the chance to see his murdered girlfriend. This second book in the series soars over the first. It's full of so much good and wonderful stuff, that you can't put it down once the story starts. There's the Bamboo House of Dolls, a Czech porn star, flesh eating demons, members of powerful and prestigious magic families' obese and weird sexual appetites, and lots of violence and smart aleck remarks from our hero whose escape from hell may lead him right back! Do yourself a favor and read this great urban supernatural series by Richard Kadrey. 'Aloha From Hell' the next book in the series soon to come out is sure to be just as good if not better.
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Shoots a zombie
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Walks in "Hi. I'm Cc"
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Sarcasticly witty and i enjoyed it just as much as the first. Cant wait to read the third book.
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
A supernatural take on the hard-boiled detective novel. Sandman Slim is a classic anti-hero, with the cynical lifeview of a pulp fiction PI, but there is a strong current of humor in both the continuous metaphors and the rapid-fire dialogue. With a severed head as his main foil, and a supporting cast that includes vampires, zombies, Lucifer, and some of Kadrey's unique creations, the story has a contemporary setting but a rich element of the inhuman. The intricate plot is best understood if you start with the first novel in the series, "Sandman Slim", as this is less a stand-alone sequel than a continuation of the overarching plot introduced in the first novel. And don't ignore the fun of watching people's eyes as you sit in your favorite coffee shop reading a book with "Kill the Dead" on the cover!
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Anothet fun read in this series. Looking forward to reading more.
mantor More than 1 year ago
good book a few misspelled work (maybe in the nook only).
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