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Death Warmed Over (Dan Shamble, Zombie PI Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kevin J. Anderson
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"A darkly funny, wonderfully original detective tale."--Kelley Armstrong

Single Dead Detective Seeks Clue

Ever since the Big Uneasy unleashed vampires, werewolves, and other undead denizens on the world, it's been hell being a detective--especially for zombie P.I. Dan Chambeaux. Taking on the creepiest of cases in the Unnatural Quarter with a human lawyer for a partner and a ghost for a girlfriend, Chambeaux redefines "dead on arrival." But just because he was murdered doesn't mean he'd leave his clients in the lurch. Besides, zombies are so good at lurching.

Now he's back from the dead and back in business--with a caseload that's downright unnatural. A resurrected mummy is suing the museum that put him on display. Two witches, victims of a curse gone terribly wrong, seek restitution from a publisher for not using "spell check" on its magical tomes. And he's got to figure out a very personal question--Who killed him?

For Dan Chambeaux, it's all in a day's work. (Still, does everybody have to call him "Shamble"?) Funny, fresh, and irresistible, this cadaverous caper puts the P.I. in R.I.P. . ..with a vengeance.

"Wickedly funny, deviously twisted and enormously satisfying. This is a big juicy bite of zombie goodness. Two decaying thumbs up!"--Jonathan Maberry

"Anderson has become the literary equivalent of Quentin Tarantino in the fantasy adventure genre."--The Daily Rotation

"An unpredictable walk on the weird side. Prepare to be entertained." --Charlaine Harris

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About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson is the author of the Star Wars: Jedi Academy trilogy, the Star Wars novel, Darksaber, and the comic series The Sith War for Dark Horse comics and the science fiction novel Blindfold. He has edited several Star Wars anthologies, including Tales From The Mos Eisley Cantina. He is a New York Times bestselling author and lives in California with his wife, Rebecca Moesta.

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  • File Size: 1204 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (August 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007T9WNRS
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I almost died laughing... May 8, 2014
But then I had a one in 75 chance of returning from the dead as an unnatural.

Not that it would be bad, Cyndi Lauper sang it best, Ghouls just want to have fun. I wanna have fun.

Anderson has created a compelling character straight from the grave, Dan Shamble, who could be the Thin Man, or Richard Diamond if they were dead. Chambeaux, as he is written, is witty, determined, and resourceful. Give him a case, whether from a natural or un-natural, and he will find a way to solve it, even if it kills him again. Not that people haven't tried.

"Death Warmed Over" is delightful.

A dead P.I. looking to revenge his own death, distracted along the way with a dead artist's almost last piece, a vampire who just wants to play cribbage, and a big mystery that involves dissolving unnaturals who just want to keep fresh smelling and 'clean' is a perfect way to spend your undead life.

oooh, the puns...the violence...the werewolves, vampires, and zombies.

My favourite scene is the zombie fight over the patchwork girl.

This is a series I have to keep reading, Douglass Adams meets the undead.

you just have to read about. 'Chambeaux', or Shamble, wakes
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as Dark as Other Zombie PI Novels August 30, 2012
Chambeaux, or "Shamble" as his friends like to call him, is a smart investigator with a big heart. Unfortunately, both he and his lady love are both dead. And that she's a ghost means that they can't even touch, so their relationship is mainly based on their past memories. While he tries to investigate both of their murders, it has to take a backseat to his client's problems.

Unlike most urban fantasies, this PI doesn't just follow one case. Chambeaux, together with his lawyer partner, has a handful of clients that keep them extremely busy. From a frightened vampire scared for his undead life to a rich werewolf trying to fight a prenup while divorcing her sleazy husband - Chambeaux is kept busy with stakeouts and searching for clues. Because of the abundance of character, the jumping around cases was a bit confusing at times. But several of them were great comedy relief and others dramatic and tense.

Tim Waggoner's Matt Richter zombie PI series is the first zombie series I read (though not the only), though Waggoner has more world-building and is a darker urban fantasy series with more horror and darker comedy. Anderson's new series is a bit more light-hearted and based here in the real world, after the "Big Uneasy" is unleashed, creating all kinds of monsters and undead. Fast-paced and full of fun characters, adventure, suspense, mystery, and humor - Death Warmed Over is the first in a promising new series. Urban fantasy fans should check out this unpredictable and complex story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice premise but not up to snuff November 18, 2012
Let me start off by saying I am a huge fan of Kevin Anderson's work. I love the Dune books he has written with Brian Herbert and his seven volume Saga of the Seven Suns is one of my favorite series of all time.

So I was expecting another great series with his venture into humorous horror/mystery with the Dan Shamble books. I was somewhat dissappointed. The story was rather thin, seeming like a collection of shorts that was slow to get into. The jokes were forced and predictable in most cases and the characters less developed than I would like.

As the book progressed there were some scenes that were fun, such as the ones with the paranoid vampire and the two witches travails with a publishing company, but overall I found the book average and not up to Anderson's usual level.

The wrap up at the end was good enough to give it 3 stars.

I suspect that the inspiration for this series about a zombie PI named Dan Chambeaux (hint sounds like shamble) came from the BloodLite anthologies he has edited which I have not read since horror is not really my thing.

In conclusion the book is not bad by any means just not a novel that did anything for me but I suspect a lot of people will enjoy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read September 9, 2012
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There are a lot of different types of stories out there, but Death Warmed Over is hard to top. Kevin J. Anderson takes the classic detective noir story and populates it with zombies, vampires, werewolves, mummies and every other sort of ghoul and goblin. The end result is a fun story full of surprises.

Heading into this book, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I knew it starred a zombie PI in a world filled with monsters including werewolf hitmen. However the cover struck me as a little cartoonish and comical, so it was a bit of a surprise when I came across some of the adult oriented content in the novel. Amid comical characters like vampire interior decorators and a pair of witch sisters, one of which who was accidentally turned into a sow, you almost get the feeling that this could be a kid's story. However there are some more mature elements like vampire porn, ZILF, zombie cougars, and BBV (big breasted vampires) that certainly let the reader know that this is not a kid's book. There's also some violence as people are sometimes torn limb from limb due to unfortunate encounters with the book's monsters. In fact, at one point a troll nearly deep fried a kid as a tasty snack. It's an odd combination but Kevin J. Anderson makes it work. By taking light hearted material and blending it with some darker stuff, he creates a believable mix that imitates the real world.

The bizarre setting for the story is based on an event called The Big Uneasy. About ten years ago an event occurred that caused the dead to rise, spirits to linger, and vampires, werewolves and the like to pop up. The book doesn't dwell very long on the details but instead focuses on the characters. Dan Chambeaux aka Dan Shamble is the main character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Hilarious Romp in Zombieland (Earth).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Most of the good character development is spent on the lead
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK
OK book. Did not give it 5 stars because I don't care for zombies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Fun book with unusual characters. I enjoyed reading it. It was a good, "I don't want to have to think about what I'm reading" book
Published 29 days ago by Melody Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read!
Very entertaining - I'll be buying more in the series soon!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor leftovers
The premise sounded so cute. So many ways to be clever, dark and funny at the same time. But this never was. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary Glass
2.0 out of 5 stars It just wasn't for me...
Basically, my rating only reflects my dislike of the plot material. I normally like detective stories and paranormal fantasies, but I just couldn't stomach the Zombie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carol Mendenhall
5.0 out of 5 stars very cool read!
Loved the characters, the scene, very descriptive without treating us like idiots. I would read all of his books. This wouldn't be the worst future I could imagine!
Published 2 months ago by Deborah W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay it was fun
The story started out a little slow, but overall it was fun in a campy kind of way but better than a B movie. I do plan to read the next in the series. Read more
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Kevin J. Anderson has written more than 125 books, including 52 national or international bestsellers. He has over 23 million books in print worldwide in thirty languages. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, Shamus Award, and Silver Falchion Award, and has won the SFX Readers' Choice Award, Golden Duck Award, Scribe Award, and New York Times Notable Book; in 2012 at San Diego Comic Con he received the Faust Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement.

He has written numerous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels in the Dune universe with Brian Herbert, as well as Star Wars and X-Files novels. In his original work, he is best known for his Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita trilogy, the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series, and Clockwork Angels: The Novel with Neil Peart. Find out more about Kevin J. Anderson at

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