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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

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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: #11,467,074 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 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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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 Alan Draven on December 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Tony Faville's sophomore book, a fast paced Noir novella, hits all the right notes. Done in the tradition of the pulp novels of Chandler, Hammett, Block, and Westlake, Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead is sure to please Noir aficionados.

I won't go over the story as it has already been stated in other reviews. Faville nails the genre's conventions and his dialogue is pitch-perfect; you are whisked away to 1959 in New York during the tail-end of the second Red Scare. Avery Nolan is a very well developed character, a tough private investigator that loves dames and hates bad guys. Faville populates his story with an assortment of intriguing characters and spins a mystery that climaxes into a hail of bullets. There are just enough twists to keep things moving at a breakneck pace throughout.

As a writer myself, and huge fan of Noir and Horror, I really dug the supernatural element thrown into the plot. I'd recommend this mainly to Noir fans, but I think readers who enjoy Horror or a good mystery will get a kick out of it as well. I'm eager to read about Nolan's next case!

Alan Draven, Author of Fractured Time and The Bitternest Chronicles
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ursula K. Raphael VINE VOICE on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Avery Nolan was not what I expected at all; the title led me to believe 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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