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Dead, She Said Hardcover – December 30, 2008

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Grade 10 Up–Private-eye Coogan wakes up one morning battered, bruised, shot, and, yes, dead. Fully zombified, he no longer feels pain but suffers from the normal deterioration and rot every dead body goes through. He quickly sets out on the most bizarre case of his career as he tries to uncover who killed him and why. What starts as a slightly twisted noir story soon lurches into H.P. Lovecraft territory when he discovers a mad scientist creating giant insects and reassembling dead humans into monstrosities in a crazed plot to take over the world. Niles does a fair job of tossing this Sam Spade-esque character into a world of fantastically over-the-top horror. Packed with plenty of dark twists and violent turns, the story also has some darkly comic moments, such as when Coogan embalms himself in an effort to slow down his body&'s decomposition. Wrightson flaunts his pedigree as a horror illustrator with grisly, macabre images that are not for the faint of heart. The volume includes a wonderful set of bonus artwork showcasing his range and skill over the last 35 years. Dead, She Said develops into a fine twist on a classic horror tale that genre fans will love.–Matthew L. Moffett, Pohick Regional Library, Burke, VA
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After years of tailing cheating husbands and murderous thugs, private detective Joe Coogan has developed a lot of enemies, including one who burdens him with a rather curious problem. One morning, Coogan wakes up dead, quite literally. After fighting off the rigor mortis and taping up the gaping gunshot wound in his stomach, Coogan hits the streets to find out who murdered him and why. With a detour at the local police station, where he finds he is a suspect in a series of grisly murders, the trail quickly leads to the macabre laboratory of Doc Baxter. There the megalomaniac scientist is plotting world domination by deploying an army of mutant insects. Coogan’s consultations with a dinosaur expert and a comely mortician might be all he needs to foil Baxter’s plans before it’s too late—if, that is, his rapidly decaying flesh doesn’t finish him first. Niles’ script astutely keeps the focus on gratuitous thrills, and legendary horror artist Wrightson’s superbly detailed drawings are, as usual, strikingly gruesome. --Carl Hays
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600102859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600102851
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,303,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jon Repesh on February 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Leave it to Steve Niles to meld noir with his trademark horror, along with a liberal sprinkling of dry humor, to concoct Dead She Said, a Sam Spadesque detective yarn that takes a serious wrong turn into the macabre. Hard drinking private eyes waking up with hangovers is part of the genre, but rigor mortis?! Risks do come with the territory in this line of work, but when one is hired to tail a man suspected of adultery, he may not expect him to wind up a mad scientist with some serious despicable secrets. This sordid story successfully incorporates many different styles, but is regrettably all too short, with the engaging and evocative noir unfortunately taking a disproportionate back seat to the horror towards the end. While the ghoulish and ghastly is Niles' forte and its precedence should come as no surprise, in the process of writing this tale he may have found another genre to explore. Move over Azzarello and Brubaker.
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While not a very long story (4 issues), the combination of classic Swampthing horror artist Wrightson (who is just as good as ever) and 30 Days Night scribe Niles make an excellent escapist tale. The story is a perfect marriage between horror and pulp detective story and fans of either genre should definitely give this a try.
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So I picked this up after reading a couple pages using amazon's "look inside" option and thought there was some promise to the series, but after finishing the book I was left kind of bleh.

This book follows a detective around as he tries to piece together his own murder. Yes, I know sounds weird and kind of cool, but I didn't feel the story was executed right. Maybe Niles just isn't my type of writer, but I felt like there was not as great a story here as there should have been. Guy gets murdered, pieces his own murder together, lol and then we are left with a weird ending.

If you like Niles, you will prob like this. However, I only mildly recommend this to others looking for a good read.
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