- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: PointBlank (January 9, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809556383
- ISBN-13: 978-0809556380
- Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.1 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secret Dead Men Paperback – January 9, 2007
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In a nutshell, Del Farmer was murdered by The Association, which is his name for the unknown members of the Las Vegas mob, with whom he had run afoul thanks to his work as an investigative journalist. When he died, his soul was "collected" and stored inside the mind of another person effectively keeping him alive, at least in spirit if not in body. He now controls that body and devotes his time to hunting down The Association with the aim of eliminating them. Along the way he collects the souls of the dead, using their talents to draw him nearer to his goal. But while Del is concentrating on satisfying his thirst for revenge he is unaware that one of the souls he has collected is about to send his virtual world spinning out of control.
Secret Dead Men is a fast-paced story based around murder, revenge, peace of mind and peace in mind. . The obvious difference here to other murder investigation stories is that people are seeking revenge for their own murders! Author Duane Swierczynski (it's pronounced the way its spelt) has come up with a mind bending scenario for life after death and the possible fate of your soul once it has departed the body.Read more ›
So yeah, Del Farmer is a private detective, but he is also dead, murdered about a decade before the novel's 1976 setting. Upon is death, his soul was transported into the body of another, and from that point, Farmer is able to "host" the souls of others in his own "Brain Hotel". This comes in handy as Farmer, bent on taking revenge on the mysterious "Association" that offed him in real life, is able to collect the souls of folks with knowledge and facts that could help him on his quest of vengeance. Sound convoluted? You bet - but trust me, it works. Swiercynski's management of the Brain Hotel is brilliant - Sartre created a philosophy and won a Nobel Prize with less - while Swierczynski simply bends culture, religion, the spirit, and noir for fun.
Look, this is a book that is better read than reviewed. Just do it - or you'll be missing the first truly original novel of the 21st Century. Well done, Mr. S!
When I picked up this book, I literally couldn't imagine where the author would take me from one page to the next. Swierczynski creates this odd afterlife (not the kind learned at church) and forces the reader to emotionally invest into the whacky characters and their plights.
Set in Philadelphia in the seventies, I didn't understand any of his cultural allusions. However, by the end of the novel, I was fully familiar with the Brain Hotel, the soul stealing capabilities of the protagonist, and even had a new appreciation of toilets.
This is the kind of book that will make you giddy with the eccentricity of it all... and might make you a tad disappointed in the next book you pick up. But, don't fear... I think the author has another novel coming out soon.
If it's anything like "Secret Dead Men," buy it on a long weekend. You'll want to do nothing else!
Del Farmer is a P.I., but he doesn't collect clues; he collects the souls of the recently dead, hoping they can help him with his investigations. Of course, they usually don't. Most of the time they just end up causing him trouble.
Del is trying to get the goods on an organized crime group known as "The Association," but the harder he digs, the less he seems to know. The souls he keeps stashed away in his mind (in a place he calls the "Brain Hotel") are no help either, not even those of the former FBI agent or the mob hit man.
If you're starting to suspect that Secret Dead Men is not the ordinary mystery novel, you're right. It is offbeat, quirky and confident, revealing Swierczynski as a talented newcomer.
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Another winner from Duane's early work, don't miss this author!Published 6 months ago by Cheryl Fitzpatrick
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I read this after Severance Package and The Blonde, so it has a much different pace and style than I was expecting. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't the fast read that the others are. Read morePublished on December 9, 2009 by earlybird
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