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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: 8 x 5 x 0.3 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: #10,177,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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 dot.com 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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I'm eager to read about Nolan's next case!
Alan Draven
Toss this together with a well written story, superb pacing, awesome characters and amazing action scenes, and you have one hell of a tale.
Author Tonia Brown
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rhonny Reaper on November 5, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracey Morris on June 3, 2013
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This detective noir is set in the 1950's, with the title character being a Korean War vet. He gets pulled into what seems to be a missing-persons case, but turns into a government coverup vs KGB agents and (as you might guess from the title) the undead.

While Faville revels in the vocabulary, turns of phrase and the cliches of the genre, the underlying story moves along nicely, with some fun twists in the plot and an exciting, well-written (IMHO) fight scene near the end. The undead element was set up fairly well; althought it felt as if the main character accepted the situation a little too easily. While I'm not a regular reader of this type of book, I did enjoy it for what it was. Recommended to fans of genre novels looking for something a little different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Author Tonia Brown on May 10, 2013
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I must admit, I have a soft spot for the whole crime noir scene. Some of my favorite films are of the genre, but I must confess I had never really had the chance to read such a thing ... until now.

Avery Nolan, Private Dick of the Strange: The Case of the Zombie Menace, is everything a gal could want in a noir story, with the added benefit of zombies. (Zombies! I know, right?) Toss this together with a well written story, superb pacing, awesome characters and amazing action scenes, and you have one hell of a tale. Faville sets out to explore the noir scene but does so much more. His characters are all typical of the genre, yet each one somehow manages to transcend the two-dimensional molds of which they were born. Especially the lead, Mr. Nolan. I have to admit, I fell head over heels for the big galoot. With his no nonsense attitude and quick on his feet thinking, Avery is the kind of guy who could have my back any day. Though, being the gentleman he is, he would probably remind me I am married and move along.

What moved me most about the story was the sense of realism. Not just the slang or metaphors remaining so true to the era, no, I mean the little touches and details I couldn't help but feel came straight from Faville's own personal history. The military references. The passionate concern for local characters. The well described action sequences. Even the epilogue gave me pause, and in that pause I wondered if perhaps Mr. Faville had drawn that story from his own life? Perhaps, but either way, such things gave it a memorable personal touch.

If I had one complaint about the tale, then it would be the style in which it was written-- present tense. I am not a huge fan of present tense stories, but that said, Mr. Faville held his own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2013
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Avery Nolan was not what I expected at all; I thought that this would be a humorous undead tale about a detective, Dick Tracy-style, but, instead, this was a serious and elaborate crime/mystery/thriller with zombies. Granted, there was not a lot of undead action (I would have liked more zombie scenes), but I love that Faville was willing to go back to the 1950s Cold War Era for an outbreak setting.

Avery Nolan is a private detective hired to find a missing scientist. The scientist was working on a reanimation experiment to help soldiers. Both the FBI and the KGB are involved, but I don't want to risk ruining the story by discussing that angle any further. Even with the emphasis on the crime drama and intrigue, there are touching moments whenever Avery is among his friends and daily acquaintances. I liked that Avery could be moved by little things, and wasn't just strolling through the story as some tough-guy working a case. It's Avery's POV that provides the novel's engaging quality. Allow yourself some time to get into the plot, and you'll understand.
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