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Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead Paperback – July 6, 2011

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This is an absolutely engaging noir detective tale. Avery is a well-developed character and the author draws you into the story from the start. The violence is handled with finesse, making the story appropriate for a wider-aged audience than many current horror tales. You can't go wrong with this one! Anna Lowther - Smashwords

From the Author

Okay, here's the deal, Avery Nolan is a Lucky Strike smoking, scotch drinking, hard fighting, straight shooting private investigator from New York City. Sure, he takes his lumps every now and then, but he is always the first in line when payback is due.

Add in your desired side characters, including plenty of dames with great gams, cops that are willing to bend the law slightly for a friend, and a hot librarian and you get an idea as to where I am headed with the story.

Fact is, I had a heck of a lot of fun writing the story and hope that you will have as much fun reading it.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463631979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463631970
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,175,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tony was born in Springfield, Oregon in the fall of 1969 and spent much of his childhood being moved from one location to another. Finally setting out on his own at age 16 Tony has since made his own way in the world with time spent in the military (USN 88-91), in the medical field(91-95), as an IT Guru during the era (95-2003), and as a professional Chef for many years. He wrote his first full length novel in 2009 for that years National Novel Writing Month. Since that time he has sold that book as a self published title until it was picked up for publication by Permuted Press. He is currently working on a significantly more ambitious project in between the rigors of working a full time job and trying to keep his life together during these rough economic times.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rhonny Reaper on November 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
In Tony Faville's second book, he does a fantastic job at grabbing readers from two separate genres, classic crime and zombies! It also would be enjoyable for those of us who enjoys a good conspiracy story. The story itself is well written and tells of an ex GI and ex police officer who is now a detective who seems tough as nails, but like all good 50's detectives, has a softer side. It goes into a cold-war conspiracy, the regeneration of the dead, and has a whole world of corruption as a big red cherry on top of this crime drama sunday. I love how we get to know who Avery Nolan is and what makes him this way without ever being bored. The most remarkable part of the whole novella (just around 120 pages, making it a quick and easy read) is how true Tony stays in keeping that 50's noir theme throughout the entire story (in fact, the term "Zombie" is never used since it really wasn't around back then...instead, they are called "Ghouls", which I think adds that extra layer of realness). Overall, Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead is a great fast-paced noir book with great ghoulish undertones and a sense of humor mixed in with the action and suspense. Think Dick Tracy mixed with Resident Evil!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luanne King on April 19, 2012
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I don't usually care for first person stories, but this one held my interest all the way. The whole story flowed smoothly and the main character was well-developed. I was expecting something a bit different from the title however. The zombie part seemed like just an after thought, and I would like to have seen more emphasis on that part because the story didn't have much to do with the title. Altogether an enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April on March 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am not an average reviewer, or even a normal one at that, I describe things the way I describe things, and I have been told, on many occasions I see/explains things differently than others. Now that is said, I treat each of my reviews with love and attention because ... well I wouldn't be writing them, if I didn't think the item I was writing about was special and wonderful and great and (help me thesaurus) magnificent and exhilarating and exciting. Ok well I hope you get the point.

I love old time radio shows, old time detective shows, mysteries well I just love them. I love the hair-doos the ladies had, the hats the guys wore, the way people dressed up, and the way they talked, ALL OF IT!! I loved Sam Spade, The Shadow, Suspense, the list goes on. Ok again you get the idea, right?

Well I had no idea how much I loved, and MISSED them till my buddy Tony Faville gave me this book. Avery Nolan Private Dick of the Dead. Now if you don't get the idea from my screen name, or the name of my blog, I LOVE ZOMBIES that you couldn't have missed.

DAMN! He mixed two of my favorite things together and what he got was GOLD, old time mystery thrilling GOLD!!

You have Avery Nolan a hardworking, ass kicking, clue finding, booze drinking gumshoe, slaying zombies of all things!! I started reading this book, and it was like the world when all black-and-white, and I could hear old time folly effects in my head, I was hooked!! Hell I even named my new hamster Rex after Avery's best friend, HECK I could just name you Rex if you hold still long enough for me to write HELLO MY NAME IS REX on you somewhere.

Tony you did good! It was great!! There is only ONE thing, ONE thing I have to suggest....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Konkoly on September 20, 2011
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Easing into the Zombie genre is no easy feat. The sheer volume of books can be overwhelming, and like any genre, quality can run the the full spectrum. Most of these books are released by small press publishers and are relatively unknown outside of the Zombie-genre community. Fortunately for me, I had a shepherd, who regularly edits for these publishers...and has apparently read every zombie book on the market. As a disclaimer, I have read World War Z...which I thoroughly enjoyed, so this isn't my first zombie book.

Tony Faville's Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead came highly recommended as a primer, and based on the title, I was skeptical...but this novella exceeded my expectations. I was pleasantly surprised to find a hard-boiled 50's detective story, merged with a cold-war conspiracy that involves the regeneration of the dead. The term "zombie" didn't exist in the early fifties, and Faville, true to the era throughout the story, honors this detail. The characters, props and settings felt authentic for this era, and captured the essence of one of my favorite movies, LA Confidential.

So, what about the undead? They're in the story from the start, but they don't occupy the story's focus. The novella proposes an interesting take on the emergence of zombies, related to a cold war military experiment...and the chaos that descends on private detective, Avery Nolan, as he searches for the key scientist involved in the controversial research...and starts to unravel the forces behind the rash of murderously bizarre behavior spreading through New York City.

Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead is a quick paced, enjoyable read, merging two genres into a unique story that kept me entertained. Tony Faville has a great sense of humor, which shines at numerous points throughout the story, adding to the experience. I would not hesitate to read another book in this series, if written by the author.
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