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Hell In Heaven (Dead Man Book 3) Kindle Edition

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The Dead Man series blends the horror of Stephen King with the action of classic men's adventure pulp fiction to create short novels that are thrilling to read. See the whole series, available on Kindle.

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Q & A with Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin creators The Dead Man series

Lee Goldberg
Lee Goldberg
William Rabkin
William Rabkin

Question: How did The Dead Man series come about?

William Rabkin: It started with a TV pilot script and 12 storylines that Lee and I wrote twenty years ago. The TV series didn’t sell, but we never stopped thinking about Matt Cahill… about what happened to him and what sorts of adventures he’d face. Finally we got sick of thinking about it and decided we’d write it ourselves as a series of books. Shortly after that, we had the idea of inviting some of the wildly creative, brilliant authors and screenwriters that we know to write books in the series as well…

Question: You are both avid fans of the “men’s action adventure” genre. What made you think The Dead Man could revive the genre?

Lee Goldberg: It has all the elements of the classic men’s action-adventure series….a rugged hero, an open-ended mission, a clear enemy and the potential for lots of violence … but with an occult edge that allows us to imbue a dated genre with more surprising twists and darker humor. We felt by embracing the supernatural, and the traditional elements of the men’s action adventure genre, we opened the door to story- telling that would push the envelope a bit. More importantly, though, we adopted a voice, and an approach to the material, that we think is more character-based, more self-aware, and perhaps more wise-ass than most of those series were back in the day (with the possible exception of “The Destroyer”).

Question: You both love horror novels. Is there an author that you particularly admire?

William Rabkin: Stephen King, of course. He marries the human and the horrible so brilliantly that he transformed the genre forever.  In terms of writers who can carry a single character over a long and constantly exciting set of adventures, I’d love to see us compared to Lee Child.

Question: How do you two write your books together?

Lee Goldberg:  So far, the way we’ve done it is that one of us writes the first draft and the other one does the revisions (or suggests revisions that the other writer does). But we talk to one another throughout the process. I won’t tell you who wrote the first draft of which book…you’ll have to figure that one out for yourselves. But it won’t be easy. Bill and I have written together in television for so many years that we’re very good at creating and maintaining a shared voice, though this is the first time we’ve collaborated on books.


Hell in Heaven is the best so far in an already splendid series and is super rush of a read with plenty of sharp twists and turns and some truly smashing lines. --Paul D. Brazill

If you haven't read The Dead Man books you are certainly missing out on some terrific reads --Man-Eating Bookworm

This series has kept me rapt from the first page [...]these authors are the Jamaican sprint team doing the 4x100m relay, each stage just gets better and better. --Right What You No

Hell in Heaven is a direct spiritual descendant of the sorts of awesome pulp action adventure tales that the greats like Robert E. Howard loved to write. --Post-Modern Pulps

For anyone who has not taken up the world of Matt Cahill yet, you are missing out on some truly crowd-pleasing fun. --Bookgasm

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  • File Size: 227 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (October 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine on May 9, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I have no idea what adventures Matt Cahill will be experiencing in the next books, but I do know that I want to ride shotgun until the end--I'm hooked I tell ya.

I love reading horror, mystery, suspense and humor. The Dead Man books encapsulate all of that, and then some. I know I'm gushing, but seriously, I've not been this excited about a series since The Green Mile. Thankfully, these are being released quick enough that I don't have to wait too long for the next one.

"Alive, dead, alive again" Matt is my favorite (of course), but the supporting characters are equally fleshed out and believable. One, in particular, stands out in this installment: Mouse. She is memorable to me because that was my daughter's nickname when she was little...but let me tell you, she'd have been taken out back to the wood shed if she'd shared any other qualities with the 11-year-old Mouse in Hell in Heaven. Oh, and the names of the other characters? Awesome! I had almost as much fun saying the names out loud as I did recapping the story to my husband.

Goldberg and Rabkin are a great team, I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on February 10, 2012
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Traveling across northern Washington state on a motorcycle, Matt decides to stop off for a bit in a small town called Heaven, where the people live simple lives with simple pleasures - there is no TV, to internet, no franchises or big-box stores, and the people wear simple, sturdy clothing that is built to last and easy to work in. He is befriended by a woman whose son is due to come home from the war, only she is worried - something about her son has seemed off in his letters home, and she asks Matt so stay and meet her son, also named Matt - well, what else can he do? What is the mystery of this town that time forgot?

In this book, Matt continues to seek the meaning behind his resurrection, and wonders if maybe Heaven and its problems was the purpose. While he tries to figure out what is going on here, he is also working to understand what his purpose should be. An interesting episode in the life of The Dead Man - recommended for fans of dark suspense/thrillers and horror.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Anderson on May 6, 2011
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This is book #3 in the series and I loved it just as much as the first two. The main character, Matt Cahill, is finally fully realizing that he is dead and he's taking on the role of saving the world quite well. In fact, he glories in the power a little bit in this installment and the result of that is endearing and funny. I love this character because he never seems to realize quite how good he is, and watching him struggle in an effort to do the right thing makes for great entertainment. How these authors created such a likable, out to save the world, good-natured character who also happens to be going down on women, whether in remembrances of things past, or in the present, in almost every book I'll never know. It does make it interesting and I'll admit it's done well. It's smoothly weaved in without mushy or overly sexual scenes. What can I say, these boys know how to write!

So Matt finds himself in a town called Heaven in this installment. It's exactly what it sounds like as it's the last stop for many. Matt is stuck in the middle of a feud that he must fix before he can continue on his mission of scouring the country to find the people who can shed light on who he is and his greater purpose. Once again, between a cyst filled evil, intestine leaking woman, and men fighting with animistic-type power, there are more than a few bodies left in Matt's wake, which after all, is why we're reading this to begin with. It's graphic in a good way and has just enough adult humor to make it a perfect mix and a perfect supernatural thriller in this reader's opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. KAPLAN on July 31, 2011
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With this third installment, series creators Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin continue Matt Cahill's journey in search of the mysterious Mr Dark. Here, he finds himself in a small town that seems to be isolated from the rest of the world, under the malevolent influence of some oppressive force. Matt eliminates the source of the town's problems, but only unleashes more in the process. Can Cahill bring a violent, unending feud to an end before the whole town wipes itself out?

What I'm loving about the Dead Man series is that while they are intended to be an updating of the men's adventure series concept, they also wholeheartedly embrace the bloody, visceral, violent horror genre. So far, the two regular series installments I've read (after the opening origin story) are very visual, cinematic stories that look, in my mind, like the gritty low-budget horror films of the 70s and 80s. They aren't coy about the horror elements or the violence, and those elements are never gratuitous or forced.

Because the Dead Man books are relatively short, they can afford to be as dark and violent and over the top as they are, because they don't overstay their welcome. Matt shows up, he encounters whatever the problem this month is, and he deals with it, with fast-paced action and suspense, but without unnecessary complications. It's like a great supernatural TV series, and I look forward to reading the next story (and the next, and the next...).
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