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Monday and the Murdered Man (Fifth World Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Kirschbaum
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Book Description

In a sprawling urban landscape where magic is as common as technology, Zack Monday is a hard-working private detective, street-smart, resourceful, and clever. When a dead man walks into his office to solve the mystery of his own murder, will our hero be able to track down the hard truths that no one wants found? Along the way Zack must confront thugs, corrupt cops, ghosts, undead mobsters, angels, devils, and his ex-wife. But he won't have to do it alone; he'll get help from his partner – a half-goblin bruiser with a secret, and a slacker street-warlock whose involvement in the case is a bit of a mystery in and of itself.

Product Details

  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Cherrytree Publishing; 1 edition (November 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067NOW3K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,448 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and clever genre blend July 31, 2012
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Monday and the Murdered Man deftly melds urban fantasy with detective noir in this entertaining self published novel by Andrew Kirschbaum. Zach Monday is a private investigator whose latest client is a revenant, a man raised from the dead bent on avenging his own murder. Unusually the revenant can't remember who he is, nor the circumstances leading to his death and wants Monday to find out. Despite his distaste for his clients rotting flesh, Zach agrees to take the case only to find himself in the midst of conspiracy, corruption, a mob war and a battle between heaven and hell. But Zachariah Monday never backs off until he has the truth, results guaranteed.

The world in which Monday lives is populated by a mix of humans, goblins, faeries and a raft of other mythical creatures. It is an alternative Earth, also known as the Fifth world, where magic is as commonly used as technology. The author has created a alternative world that is inventive and interesting and he builds it naturally throughout the narrative. Germane to this novel is the war between the Goblins and Faeries that has been transformed into 'The Game' a televised event of individual fights between the two races. The death of 'Freakshow', one of 'The Game's' most popular Goblin fighters, at the hands of the Prince of Faery becomes relevant to Monday's investigation when he stumbles across a new street drug known as Passion. The plot is actually quite complex, as Monday pieces together the clues to identify his client and his murderer he is drawn into an illegal drug manufacturing ring, a mob turf war, sport fixing and the evil plans of the Duke of Sorrows. Throw in time travel, magical disguises,a touch of romance and plenty of action, and Monday and the Murdered Man is a terrific read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series Start April 29, 2012
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This is a very entertaining first book by the author. Being a fan of the noir detective genre, I was set to be hypercritical. Instead, I found myself pleasantly surprised. Well developed characters & settings blended with a nice plot twist that kept me reading to the end!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read April 5, 2012
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If you like a combination of real world and fantasy, then this is the book for you! I enjoyed it a lot; it's in the same style as one of Poul Anderson's works, "Operation Chaos". A contemporary world where the outlandish is normal. The characters are interesting and while fun, can be taken seriously. Monday is a man who doesn't have all the answers but knows where to look to find them. I highly recommend it and I'm looking forward to reading more about Our Man Monday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic murder mystery in a great new setting February 23, 2012
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I'm a friend of the author, but will strive for an accurate review:
fantastic easy reading book blending urban magic & noir detective novel with some unusual twists thrown in. In a world with fey that have more than human abilities and where Perdition & Salvation have an uneasy and often broken truce, Monday is the man you want to have on your side to see that justice is done. He'll follow the facts to wherever they may go, however unpleasant and however twisty the path may end up being. And a delightfully twisty path it is.
The story itself has plenty of humor, with surprising revelations and insights into this new world. It keeps you guessing the outcome till near the end, but nothing is hidden. You'll end up reading this book at least twice, once to get to the ending (yeah, it is a page turner) and another after you know the ending to see how well the story was setup for that ending all the way from the beginning. The only minor complaint is that some of the exposition can get tricky to follow through one of the later chapters, but as it was essential in setting up the hook for later events, so the complexity is forgiven.
If you're a fan of mystery novels or urban fantasy you can't do much better than this; looking forward to the next few in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny! December 22, 2011
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This book made me laugh. The premise is quirky and intriguing. However, it's not unusual for a ghost to want revenge for his own murder. Shakespeare started that a long time ago with Hamlet's ghost. But to borrow it, throw in an urban landscape, with a detective much like Phillip Marlowe from the 1930s, well that's just rich, thug making creativity through a new kind of magnifying glass. Sweet.

Other than Zach Monday, the hero of the story, the rest of the cast left a vivid impression on your mind. They reminded me of the cast from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" Let me explain further by using a line from the book and not spoiling anything for you.

"She rewarded me with a laugh, but she didn't loosen up one notch. I was hoping to put her at ease and relax her. She held the smile, but her eyes were sharp on me and her body language said `control, control, control,' I guess Charming Zack isn't so charming as far as Alexandra Sycorax is concerned."

Again, very funny book, it continued to make me chuckle with its colorful cast and strange premise. But, about sixty percent of the way through it there was a bump. I won't go into details, but it had something to do with death, life and all things in-between. It felt very confusing for the next several chapters; therefore, unnecessary. There seemed to be a number of ways Andy Kirschbaum, the writer, could have reached his very clever plot end without being confusing for so long.

I also have to point out that although I enjoyed many of the clever colorful descriptive character traits, as the end approached - I needed less of them simply to find out `who dun it'.

In the end, I highly recommend "Monday and the Murdered Man" for its humor and for its very complicated plot that in the end tied together nicely. Andy Kirschbaum is a talented writer that will make you laugh.
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More About the Author

Andrew Kirschbaum was born in Nebraska in 1967. Education, employment, and an overseas war kept the Kirschbaum family on the move for the next ten years, living in Nebraska, Iowa, Nevada, and Florida before settling in Massachusetts. In 1991, he started 3 Trolls Games & Puzzles - a traditional board game and puzzle store in Chelmsford, MA - with his family. In 2011 he collaborated with a group of friends and family to produce Verdigris, an interactive novel for the iPhone, iPad, and Droid; Monday and the Murdered Man followed. Monday and the Counterfeit Corpse was released in 2013. He is currently working on the next Monday adventure, another Verdigris interactive novel, and various live action role playing games.


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