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Dead Things
     

Dead Things

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by Stephen Blackmoore
 

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Stephen Blackmoore's dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts.

Necromancer is such an ugly word, but it's a title Eric Carter is stuck with.

He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He's turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits

Overview

Stephen Blackmoore's dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts.

Necromancer is such an ugly word, but it's a title Eric Carter is stuck with.

He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He's turned it into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course.

When he left LA fifteen years ago, he thought he'd never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him.

But now his sister's been brutally murdered and Carter wants to find out why.

Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it's the patron saint of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who's taken an unusually keen interest in him.

Carter's going to find out who did it, and he's going to make them pay.

As long as they don't kill him first.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fifteen years after necromancer Eric Carter last saw his younger sister Lucy, he’s devastated to learn that some “thing” tore her apart in her home. Despite their earlier estrangement, Carter drops everything to investigate, but what he uncovers increases his feelings of guilt: the killer left a hidden message that only he could read, making it clear that Lucy was just a convenient route to Carter. Blackmoore (City of the Lost) employs Chandleresque prose (“The Port of Los Angeles sits on the edge of an industrial pit called Wilmington that stinks of diesel, burnt oil, and dead dreams”) to smoothly incorporate a hard-boiled sense of urban despair into a paranormal plot, with occasional leavening provided by smart-aleck humor. Urban fantasy readers will appreciate the polished, assured writing and hope for a bevy of sequels. Agent: Allan Guthrie, Jenny Brown Associates. (Feb.)
Examiner.com
It's the L.A. of noir legend, with enough of a twist to keep things fresh.
Chuck Wendig
"For a book all about dead things, this novel is alive with great characters and a twisty, scary-funny story that teaches you not to tango with too much necromancy. My favorite book this year, bar none."
Chris F. Holm
"The funhouse reflection of L.A. Blackmoore conjures is at once vibrant, seedy, and mysterious - streets so mean, they feel as though plucked straight from Chandler's DT nightmares. CITY OF THE LOST effortlessly blends the grit with the fantastical, and paints a world in which magic is to be feared - but not nearly so much as the people behind it."
Seanan McGuire
"The gritty streets of CITY OF THE LOST are filled with snappy dialog, and fascinating characters, as well as a rollercoaster of a plot that doesn't slow down from beginning to end. This is the zombie crime novel we didn't know we were all waiting for."
From the Publisher
Praise for the Eric Carter series:

"Blackmoore can't write these books fast enough to suit me. Broken Souls is hyper-caffeinated, turbo-bloody, face-stomping fun. This is the L.A.-noir urban fantasy you've been looking for." —Kevin Hearne, New York Times- bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles

"Demons and dark magic and gods of death: what's not to like? Blackmoore's hard-charging prose hits like a bullet fired from a cursed gun.... Fast becoming my favorite urban fantasy series, Broken Souls is a welcome addition to the necromancer chronicles of Eric Carter. Read this book. Read it now." —Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds

"Eric Carter's adventures are bleak, witty, and as twisty as a fire-blasted madrone, told in prose as sharp as a razor. Blackmoore is the rising star of pitch-black paranormal noir. A must-read series." —Kat Richardson, author of the Greywalker novels

"Broken Souls is a deliciously gritty thrill ride. I can't get enough of Stephen Blackmoore's warped imagination and superb noir sensibilities. This is a must-read for any fan of awesome things." —Jaye Wells, author of the Sabina Kane series

"Blackmoore employs Chandleresque prose to smoothly incorporate a hard-boiled sense of urban despair into a paranormal plot, with occasional leavening provided by smart-aleck humor. Urban fantasy readers will appreciate the polished, assured writing and hope for a bevy of sequels." —Publishers Weekly

"Gritty, emotional and phenomenally imaginative, Blackmoore’s sophomore book is a pitch-perfect success.... Snappy, sarcastic yet heartwrenching style that defines the best noir narratives.... With wonderfully inventive paranormal elements, readers are sure to get lost in Eric’s journey and enjoy every moment of the ride, emerging at the end hungry for more." —RT Reviews (top pick!)

"Stephen Blackmoore’s Dead Things is a demon punch to the face. It will make you sit up and notice. Or fall down spitting out broken molars. Don’t mind the bloody drool, either way you’ll be smiling." —Pulp 300

VOYA - Beth H. Green
Carter, who sees spirits and can talk to the dead, makes a "living" by helping wayward ghosts. He works alone, but is being "romanced" by Santa Muerte, who goes by a variety of names, but who is known as the "Goddess of Death." After learning that his sister has been violently murdered, he demonstrates his capability to "visit" a place in time that replays a scene of a crime over and over again, making sure to watch for any clues that might alert him as to who it was that killed her. He makes his way to Los Angeles, the place of his sister's death, after having left fifteen years prior, determined to find her killer, and take his revenge. Reminiscent of "noir-style" writing, Dead Things features the classic detective, searching for the person who "did his family wrong," and who will pay the ultimate price. While older readers might find interest in Dead Things, strong caution should be issued to those who work with teens, especially due to the drug usage, extreme violence, and flagrant, and sometimes gratuitous, strong language. Adults who enjoy the seemingly more increasing stories featuring the paranormal might be best served by Carter and his Dead Things. Reviewer: Beth H. Green

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101635247
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Series:
Eric Carter , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
46,507
File size:
984 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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What People are Saying About This

Seanan McGuire
"The gritty streets of CITY OF THE LOST are filled with snappy dialog, and fascinating characters, as well as a rollercoaster of a plot that doesn't slow down from beginning to end. This is the zombie crime novel we didn't know we were all waiting for."
Chuck Wendig
"For a book all about dead things, this novel is alive with great characters and a twisty, scary-funny story that teaches you not to tango with too much necromancy. My favorite book this year, bar none.
Chris F. Holm
"The funhouse reflection of L.A. Blackmoore conjures is at once vibrant, seedy, and mysterious - streets so mean, they feel as though plucked straight from Chandler's DT nightmares. CITY OF THE LOST effortlessly blends the grit with the fantastical, and paints a world in which magic is to be feared - but not nearly so much as the people behind it."

Meet the Author

Stephen Blackmoore is an author and a blogger. His first novel is City of the Lost, a paranormal noir with zombies, demons, witches, and a lot of action. He can be found at stephenblackmoore.com and on Twitter @sblackmoore.

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Dead Things 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Sensitivemuse 18 days ago
This is a perfect book for you to get out of your reading rut and to get back into your reading groove! It’s got everything you needed. Lots of action, a protagonist that tries to have a heart but doesn’t because he still ends up looking like the jackalope of the year. Wow. Where do I start with this one. Eric is the lone wolf type of character who although he tries to reach out and have some friends- sometimes it’s just not a great idea. Seems like everything around him likes to crash and burn. Don’t mistake that for him being a tragic hero. He’s a jerk all right. Yet he’s a jerk because of what he’s gone through and what he’s put his loved ones through. That’s what makes his character readable and what makes the book a good one. Here, you don’t have the typical hero who’s out to save the day and you don’t have the sad sap that’s out to prove himself. He did some bad things, left town, and came back and is most likely going to do more bad things. It’s about time we read an anti hero like Eric. Plot wise, it’s pretty straight forward. Lots of supernatural elements and magic. Lots of action and fighting. There’s not much guess work but it’s pretty much figured out who did what and why (although the revelation at the end paves the way for the next book). I rather like the Santa Muerte plot arc. I think there’s going to be more where that came from and can’t wait to read more. Setting wise, it’s generic but when it gets to the supernatural elements with the ghosts and how Eric can travel between both worlds makes it more interesting (the part where he goes to find Santa Muerte is even better it’s like alternative worlds with a supernatural twist to it) Loved the book, and I’ll keep going with this series. If you’re into The Dresden Files, or Urban Fantasy with a jerk anti hero this is the book to read. It’s quick and fast paced if you’re fully immersed in the book as I was then this book will be finished in no time.
Tiffany_Dover57 10 months ago
Really enjoyed it. Sort of a cross between Harry Dresden and Charley Davidson. Looking forward to the next one.
InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
Dead Things is a pretty good read. Reminds me of Felix Castor and Harry Dresden done in a grittier style. The action keeps moving along without a lot of exposition and yet the reader gets the background necessary to follow the story. Do not read if frequent use of the "f-bomb" offends you. It's used very appropriately and often. This book is gritty urban fantasy -- no paranormal romance, nothing light and fluffy, no high-polish shine. It's anger and guilt and violence and trickery, and a really good start to a new series. I hope we see more Eric Carter stories soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was first directed to this series by Kevin Hearne and while it is not necessarily my normal type of book it is quite good. If you are in the mood for a character who knows he is a good guy, a hero albeit with some problems (like Butcher's Dresden) then you will be surprise by Eric Carter in this first book. It is a much darker urban fantasy book than I was expecting-but come on, the guy sees dead people so of course its a bit dark. It was a very fast read, enjoyable, with lots of action. I will definitely read the next books in the series. For those who love Butcher and Hearne there is a decent chance you will like Blackmoore too, he has a similar quick wit but it has a MUCH darker twist. The language at times annoyed me not being a fan of excessive profanity but it won't stop me from getting the next book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author is easily as good as Butcher or Kevin Herne. If you like them you will like this.
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Misty_Gale More than 1 year ago
Kevin Hearne of the Iron Druid Chronicles review on his blog brought me for a look at this first book. Liking what I saw, I snapped it up and gulped it down like a sea-bird with a particularly tasty fish. I cannot beat the reviews of all the learned authors and reviewers above so I will say simply BUY THIS BOOK. I already have the next preordered and Mr. Blackmore Good Show!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read..found book since author's name was on list with several others I read so took a chance & got it...very fast paced gritty book. I have the next one marked to buy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is NOT my typical read. I try to stay away from really dark books, prefering something a little less likely to induce suicide. I was in the bookstore one day, bored with the selection, when i found this. I read through the book in a matter of hours, then promptly searched for anything else written by Blackmoore. It's dark, gritty, yet sewn with unexpected humor that balances the story nicely. Read it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It flew by..