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"An effortless and engaging read, and fans of tongue-in-cheek macabre will devour it." - Hub Magazine

"Waggoner is without a doubt proving he can hang with all of the hybrid horror/noir heavyweights that are out there with ease. Big thumbs up!" -www.infini-tropolis.com

"You love detective stories? You love zombies? Christmas came early."
- Schrodinger's Stoat

About the Author

Tim Waggoner is a novelist and college professor. His original novels include Cross Country, Darkness Wakes, Pandora Drive and Like Death. He's also created tie-in books for Forgotten Realms, Stargate SG-1, Doctor Who, Xena Warrior Princess, and others. He teaches composition and creative writing at Sinclair Community College, in Dayton, Ohio.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Nekropolis Archives (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot; Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857660462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857660466
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I write fantasy and horror for both adults and young readers. I also teach creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University's MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on April 11, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a private detective and a zombie, Matt Richter has more than his share of enemies. But after Matt is decapitated, he discovers that someone used his body to steal and powerful artifact, effectively framing Matt in the process. Now, along with his vampire girlfriend Devona, the duo must find out who abducted him and stop them before they're able to use the artifact to destroy Nekropolis.

Matt Richter is an incredibly fun character - a zombie with a will of his own and without a nasty penchant for brains. Waggoner creative world of vivid, monstrous creatures has endless possibility and plenty of imagination.

This is a sequel to Nekropolis, yet works well as a stand alone novel as well. As a zombie, Matt often finds himself (painlessly) deteriorating and needing patched up. But when Matt is decapitated, and loses his body, even more suspense and hilarity ensue. With just as much dark humor, adventure, mystery, and incredible characters, I enjoyed this installment even more than the last. It's non-stop excitement from beginning to end. This series is a must read for fans of dark fantasy and horror.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris on May 19, 2011
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This is the second book in the Matt Richter series, but it works fairly well as a stand alone novel.

There are several sections that summarize the first book, so you aren't left with a big mystery of what's going on, why things are the way they are, or even why Matt happens to be a zombie. They aren't told in great detail though, so it is worth it to pick up the first book in the series.

Fans of the Nightside and Dresden Files should feel right at home with this series. It's a terrific take on a detective series (I don't know of any other zombie detectives), and the humor and writing is top notch.

I rated this book higher than the first one because the author seems to have gotten a pretty good editor, and there is not so much information overflow about the Nekropolis. That was pretty much my sole nitpick of the first book. The plot is handled with great care, and the storyline flows very organically. I really can't recommend this book enough for fans of urban fantasy. It's original, it's amazing, and the price can't be beat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter S. Bradley on October 8, 2011
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This is Matt Richter's second outing in Nekropolis - the underworld, under-city where the lycanthropes, demons, vampires, ghosts and witches retired to after being outbred by normal humans. Matt was originally a human police officer from Earth who was shanghied into the wacky world of Nekropolis, killed and revived as history's only self-willed zombie. With no feelings, no need to sleep, no need to eat, Matt takes on the role of a zombie Phillip Marlowe private investigator.

The first novel - Nekropolis: A Matt Richter Novel (Matt Richter Novels)- introduced Matt as the quintessential loner noire detective, broke, anonymous and with nothing but associates who might sell him out. Matt did have one thing going for him; a coat with inexhaustible pockets filled with just the right gadget for dealing with the specialized trouble he might happen to face. "Nekropolis" also introduced the eccentric world of Nekropolis, which is filled with eccentric but generally good-natured denizens of the dark, and the supporting cast of characters that any good PI has to call upon, including Matt's hot, half-vampire love interest Devona. By the end of "Nekropolis," Matt has earned fame by saving the city from complete destruction during the Descension Day festival, when the five Darklords and the mysterious creator of Nekropolis, Father Dis, have to recharge the object that serves as Nekropolis' sun.

In the second book - Dead Streets: A Matt Richter Novel (Matt Richter Novels) - Matt is more or less domesticated.
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This book immediately reminded me of Simon R. Green's "Nightside" novels. It has a similar cluttered setting, where every supernatural monster from any tradition is real. It shares both the strengths and weaknesses of Simon R. Green's novels. The "throw away references" to the monsters and beings we meet are all clever and evocative, but collectively they wear on the reader and can make the book hard to take seriously.

The premise of the book is that all the monsters of our world escaped increasing human populations and technology by retreating to another dimension, where they built a city of monsters. Sections of the city are run by demons, vampires, were-beasts, witches & wizards, and the dead. The setting is a little more orderly then Green's Nightside. Our hero is a zombie private eye. It is amusing that the hero notes that, while most supernatural creatures are faster then humans, he is much slower. He also has an amusing but squick inducing relationship with a beautiful half-vampire. The details of the treatment of Frankenstein's Monster are clever and well thought out...they go beyond the movie portrayal, to the more complex portral from Mary Shelley's book.

My biggest problem with this book was (as I said) the way the endless bestiary wore at my suspension of disbelief. Also, as a decaying corpse who smells like garbage on a good day, the hero really should have more angst. It is amusing that gorgeous immortals like Edward Cullen whine incessantly yet this decaying corpse takes things so calmly. The "Frankenstein tech" got a little silly, especially when it was used for things that could be done much easier in a conventional manner. Also, there are SO MANY close calls and fights with monsters it gets increasingly difficult to believe any of the characters can possibly survive the week.

Still a fun read, though.
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