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Silver Zombie: Delilah Street: Paranormal Investigator [Kindle Edition]

Carole Nelson Douglas
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Zombies and Witches and Vamps . . . Oh, My! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas--at least that's Delilah Street's hope. With Sin City's vampire and werewolf mobs wanting to cash in her chips once and for all, she's retreating with her partner Ric Montoya and half-wolfhound Quicksilver to her Kansas birthplace. Unfortunately, when it comes to finding trouble, there's no place like home. . . .
Before long Delilah realizes she's not in Vegas anymore. Zombie cowboys and spectral cattle drives are kicking up dust, the local weather girls are total witches who forecast perfect storms, and some Hollywood fanatic is raising deadly stars of the silver screen. Speaking of silver, Delilah's special affinity for the all-purpose monster-repellent leads her and her posse straight down a silver brick road--and into a not-so-fun house of mirrors--putting her face-to-face with the nightmares from her mysterious past and a mystery woman named Lilith, who's a real dead ringer for Delilah. The key word being dead.

Editorial Reviews


"Award-winner Douglas places her heroine on a gut-wrenching road trip that forces her to face her deepest fears. This yellow brick road leads to zombies, vampires and witches...oh my!" (4 stars) --RT BOOK Reviews

"another fascinating installment... If you are a paranormal mystery buff, this is a series I would recommend jumping into. It is never boring and Delilah is a character who will enchant you from the very first page." --Bitten By Books

About the Author

Carole Nelson Douglas, author of more than fifty fantasy and science fiction, mystery, mainstream, and romance novels, was an award-winning reporter and editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. After writing some bestselling high fantasy novels and SF thrillers, she imported fantasy notions into her Midnight Louie mystery series, which features a hard-boiled Las Vegas PI who’s a feline “Sam Spade with hairballs.” Her Irene Adler historical series made Carole the first author to use a woman from the Sherlock Holmes stories as a protagonist in the 1991 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Good Night, Mr. Holmes. She’s won or been short-listed for more than fifty writing awards in nonfiction, sf/fantasy, mystery, and romance genres, including several from the Romance Writers of America and Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine, and the Cat Writers’ Association. In 2008, RT BOOKreviews magazine named Carole a “pioneer of the publishing industry. Carole and husband Sam Douglas, a former art museum exhibitions director and kaleidoscope designer, are kept as pets by five stray cats and a dog in Fort Worth, Texas. She collects vintage clothing, and does a mean Marilyn Monroe impersonation, and, yes, she does dance, but not with werewolves. As far as she knows.

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  • File Size: 2099 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439167818
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (November 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V1WWL0
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What is going on? January 18, 2011
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I absolutely loved the previous books in this series and was so disappointed by this book. Seriously, the first half of the book should be "What is going on?" It is written in a weird abstract technique without plot. The plot finally comes together about half way through the book and becomes a story. The nightmare at the gynecologist office - I suppose it was supposed to be healing for the character, but came off as a major cringe-worthy episode for this reader. The book falls into the abstract writing method again for the last quarter and I just skipped a lot a pages because I just wasn't interested anymore, and very frustrated by this time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip It December 14, 2010
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This was a disappointing installment in what has previously been a pretty good series. There was no underlying mystery or story for this book. It could have easily been condensed into a couple chapters or a short story and published in an anthology. As a reader, I'm bored with the too-perfect Ric and the constant inner angst of he and Delilah as a couple. Let's move on to something more interesting in the next one please.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombies in Oz (No spoilers!) December 31, 2010
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This book is a slight departure from the previous Delilah Street novels in that it deals more with Delilah's back story than any current goings-on in the new Vegas CinSim scene. You get a better look at Lilith and how Delilah ends up in Vegas. For me, it was less action oriented and more story building. It's great if you are devoted to the series but it's not a great starter book to get into them. I enjoyed it and will continue to wait, with tapping nails, for the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We're off to see the wizard-zombie-cowboys? December 16, 2011
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Before I start let me just say that I think Carole Nelson Douglas is one of the best authors out there. Funny, sexy, loves her movies and isn't scared of putting everything and anything into her books for the point of keeping the plot moving and interesting.
And this book is just the kind of wonderful, keep the characters interesting and the plot fresh kind of craft she puts out.
Delilah and Ric leave Vegas to visit her Kansas birthplace. Yeah, yeah, you are saying WHY?!?! Why leave Sin City to go to some boring, out of place one-horse town in the middle of no where? Well, don't worry. The author makes sure there is tons of danger and, frankly, some serious heart-breaking face-to-face with Deliliah's young adulthood. We learn about her past. And it is NOT pretty.
We also have Metropolis, the Wizard of Oz, and a new cocktail named, of course, Silver Zombie. We also get zombie-cowboys, a drive-in theater scene that made my day, and Native Americans. And of course Quicksilver. We also get Ric's Mother which does make for a interesting twist. Helena is pretty, smart and no fool. She is starting to understand that Delilah is not your normal girl and in some ways I really hope that Delilah and Helena become best friends. See? When you care about the characters - or want them to die a slow death - that shows the skill of the author.
Great characters, nice twists to the plot, love her taste on old movies - just get it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read March 18, 2011
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What do the Wizard of Oz, zombies and really cool bar drinks have in common? The answer is the heroine of Silver Zombie, Delilah Street, paranormal investigator.

This is the fourth book in the series and Ms. Douglas keeps getting better and better. I think it helps to have read the previous books in the series just so a reader can understand one of the very intense and personally traumatic events that happens in this book. Ms. Street has had a severe phobia haunting her for fourteen years and it really impacts her love life. A reader finally finds out why she can't remember a period of time in her life and it's quite graphic. So, reader beware. I was outraged and horrified on the heroine's behalf. I am so very glad her beau and lover was there to see her through it.

I keep finding new aspects of Ms. Street's character that I like or am surprised by. I love her invisible internal, and sometimes I wonder if she's truly imagined, sidekick, Irma. She reminds me of having Mae West as a conscience.

One of the reasons I adore this series so much and have been addicted is the fact that the zombies that populate the books are actually movie characters. I mean Humphrey Bogart has shown up in the past and quite a few other famous characters from the black and white movie heyday. Even Peter Lorre has been on scene. However, in Silver Zombie, Ms. Douglas has tapped into my inner sci-fi geek and it's totally and completely amazing. If the series has any of the author's personality in it, is has to be her love for the movies of old. There are sleights of hand references throughout that really tickled my funny bone. They are included so smoothly, so naturally that it's a pleasure and a challenge to find them all and to wonder what I've missed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super rural fantasy December 4, 2010
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Delilah Street has faced down several nasty souls while residing in Las Vegas. However, her next assignment takes her to the most dangerous place in the world, not Dorothy's Kansas but Delilah's Kansas where she comes from. Her boyfriend Ric Montoya and her wolfhound Quicksilver accompany her as she drives Dolly her mintage Caddy.

Delilah promised she would investigate her childhood to learn her past and confront it and those involved. Ric's former FBI friend Leonard Tallgrass greets the trio as he wants to question Delilah about a cow mutilation story she investigated just before leaving town. They soon become entangled in an inquiry into who is using zombies and why with the silver road leading to a house of mirrors and Lilith a mirror image of Delilah.

The fourth Delilah Street urban fantasy (see Dancing with Werewolves and Vampire Sunrise) takes a rural trek home that affirms you can go home, but leaving alive is a bit more difficult. Silver Zombie is much more personal than the previous entries as Delilah and readers learn much about her past. With a nod to the Emerald City and zombie fever, this is a terrific tongue in cheek thriller as Lilah sums it up nicely when she considers Maria the robot from the film Metropolis is a poor thing virgin and will remain a poor thing virgin forever.

Harriet Klausner
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love Carole Nelson Douglas
just started reading the series but like her midnight Louie series it grabs hold and doesn't let go. if you like paranormal mysteries and the author then these are a must read.
Published 13 months ago by dwszoo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series
Not the best series you'll ever read, but a good read that you often can't put down. Good characters, weird situations. Enjoyed it immensely!
Published 14 months ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars carole nelson douglas
I Have all of her Midnight Louie series and all of this series too. Looking forward to Midnight Louise's series.
Published 21 months ago by MICHELLE CHIODO
1.0 out of 5 stars tarnished silver
The earlier three volumes of the series, a paranormal detective in an alternative and horrific Las Vegas, were cleverly done. Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by Doctor at Arms
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Zombie streaks along!
This is #4 of the series, and it is hard waiting while Carole finishes the next book in her OTHER 3 series of fun&games... Read more
Published on April 11, 2011 by Betty Cochrane
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend
This book did not disappoint. This is a wonderful continuation of the series. In the paranormal genre their can be a lot of cookie cutter books. This series is not one of them. Read more
Published on February 19, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars We ARE in Kansas!
LOVE this hip, smart, paranormal world! Would definitely make a stop at Shezmou's House of Wines and Oils when in Vegas and beg at the doorstep of The Enchanted Cottage for a peek... Read more
Published on February 11, 2011 by R. Rhyne
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 4 of the saga of Delilah Street
I enjoyed the first 3 books in the Delilah Street series and was looking forward to finding out more about Delilah's background in this book, as the scene moved from Las Vegas back... Read more
Published on January 27, 2011 by SEPpietoeing Through the Tulips
4.0 out of 5 stars Do not attempt to read this book without reading the previous three...
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More About the Author

Award-winning ex-journalist and novelist Carole Nelson Douglas has written sixty novels ranging from historical and contemporary mystery and romance to science fiction thrillers to high and urban fantasy. No wonder her home office is a Twilight Zone landscape of mannequins in vintage dress.

She's a four-time Rita Award finalist and has RT Reviews Magazine lifetime achievement awards in Suspense, Mystery and as a Pioneer of Publishing. Currently, she writes two popular Las Vegas-set series: the Midnight Louie, feline PI, mysteries partially narrated by a "Sam Spade with hairballs" and the Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator, noir urban fantasies of werewolf mobsters and Silver Screen zombies in a paranormal Sin City.

Douglas was the first author of a Sherlockian series with a female protagonist, diva-detective Irene Alder, the only woman to outwit Holmes, debuting with the New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Good Night, Mr. Holmes. Douglas says if she has a literary muse, it's definitely feline: mysterious, wise, playful, and packing sharp shivs in velvet gloves.

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