Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim Series #2)

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James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend’s murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It’s a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse.
Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard. Sandman Slim has to swim with the human ...

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Overview

James Stark, a.k.a. Sandman Slim, crawled out of Hell, took bloody revenge for his girlfriend’s murder, and saved the world along the way. After that, what do you do for an encore? You take a lousy job tracking down monsters for money. It’s a depressing gig, but it pays for your beer and cigarettes. But in L.A., things can always get worse.
Like when Lucifer comes to town to supervise his movie biography and drafts Stark as his bodyguard. Sandman Slim has to swim with the human and inhuman sharks of L.A.’s underground power elite. That’s before the murders start. And before he runs into the Czech porn star who isn’t quite what she seems. Even before all those murdered people start coming back from the dead and join a zombie army that will change our world and Stark’s forever.
Death bites. Life is worse. All things considered, Hell’s not looking so bad.

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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. Now in mass market paperback and NOOK Book.

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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.)
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.”
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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441806666
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Series: Sandman Slim Series , #2
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Kadrey

Richard Kadrey has published five novels, including Sandman Slim, Butcher Bird, and Metrophage, as well as more than fifty stories. He has been immortalized as an action figure, and his short story “Goodbye Houston Street, Goodbye,” was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award. A freelance writer and photographer, he lives in San Francisco, California.

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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Can't wait to read #3

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2010

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    This reviewer can't wait for the next Sandman Slim novel.

    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

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    A fun, pulpy, sequel to one of my favorite easy reads of 2009

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Don't listen to any whiners

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    .....

    I would have given it **** if it hadn't shambled along like a zombie in places, but the fact that it had zombies in it saved it from getting **.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    "Imagine shoving a cattle prod up a rhino's ass, shouting &

    "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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

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    Fantastic Better Than the First!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Arceus

    Shoots a zombie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Cc

    Walks in "Hi. I'm Cc"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Annabella and Thomas

    Annabella gazed at Arceus. -- Thomas cleaned his shotgun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Loved it

    Sarcasticly witty and i enjoyed it just as much as the first. Cant wait to read the third book.

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  • Posted December 1, 2013

    A supernatural take on the hard-boiled detective novel. Sandman

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Fanrastic.

    Anothet fun read in this series. Looking forward to reading more.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    recommended

    good book a few misspelled work (maybe in the nook only).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Please save my hellboy

    My entire family ate the nook after reading this book. Five stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Loved it!

    I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Best series ever..

    Can not put it down..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    No i am in trouble ya like thats going to happen i am to strong

    Awsome but wierd ina bad ir good way if u want to know then go ti me i think

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Awesome

    All of his books are excellent

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Awesome!

    What a great writer and a fantastic series!

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