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"The story races by at a brisk rate of knots, each twist and turn, and shift in time providing another revelation [...] I was enjoying it so much, I didn't want it to end." --Permission to Kill Blog

"THE DEAD MAN: FACE OF EVIL is a tight, well written, supernatural thriller [that] satisfies all on it's own, while being a terrific opener that promises an epic tale to come. I'm excited for the next book." --Man Eating Bookworm Blog

THE DEAD MAN FACE of EVIL reminds me of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.[...]a fascinating horror story that leaves you wanting more, more, more! --Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine

"I'm hopeful they continue with this character since it's set up so well. I've not seen a writing tandem like this since the glory days of Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy" --Bookgasm

"Buckle up! THE DEAD MAN: FACE OF EVIL starts at full-speed and never lets up. This is big-ticket horror with characters you care about who are driven to the very edge. Highly recommended!" -New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry, author of Dead of Night

About the Author

Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin's TV writing and producing credits include MONK, DIAGNOSIS MURDER, MARTIAL LAW, NERO WOLFE and THE GLADES. They are also the authors of SUCCESSFUL TELEVISION WRITING. Lee Goldberg's books include THE WALK, MAN WITH THE IRON-ON BADGE, MY GUN HAS BULLLETS and the bestselling MONK original mystery novels, based on the hit TV series. William Rabkin is the author of the hugely successful PSYCH series of original mystery novels based on the hit TV series.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460920589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460920589
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,699,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By moshe25 on March 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Review of "The Dead Man: Face of Evil" by Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin

Ok, here's another review of another Lee Goldberg book. I promise I'm really not related to him. It's just that coincidentally, I started reading his books around the same time that I started writing (and reviewing) and I just happen to love them.

The Dead Man is a series that Goldberg and Rabkin had intended to be a TV series about 20 years ago. Face of Evil, the first book, does indeed read like a TV pilot, and like many TV pilots, leaves you both satisfied and dissatisfied.

Let me explain. First of all, I couldn't put it down. It reads well, and the main character is attractive. Matthew Cahill is what in Australia we'd call a good bloke. He's strong, handsome, lots of integrity, helps those less fortunate, and basically what you see is what you get. And the problem he initially has to solve is one that we can readily identify with. Not that any of us have ever really had that problem. It's just that you can get that if you did have it, you'd probably feel exactly the way Matt does. So you're totally engaged in trying to solve that problem with him.

Secondly, there are cheeky little hints along the way that something a little unusual is happening here. It's tricky, because even at the end, we're still not completely clear that it wasn't all just in Matt's imagination. But you do know that there's more here than meets the eye.

On the other side - it's short!! Just 78 pages. And at the end, I was left like I often am at the end of a favorite TV show: "Aw gee, do I really have to wait another week for the next installment??!" But you know, that's not so bad. I really have something to look forward to.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By CS on March 22, 2011
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The Dead Man: Face of Evil by Lee Goldberg (one of my favorite authors) and William Rabkin presents the reader with a tantalizing mixture of mystery and macabre. Matthew Cahill is a proud woodsman who is the unfortunate victim of an avalanche. For three months, his body remains buried under thick mountains of ice.

He's obviously dead. Right?

Not exactly.

But things have changed for Matthew...

And...well, you'll just have to read the story to find out!

A tale, no matter how unrealistic or outlandish, works if the characters are ones you can care about. The authors have given enough depth to Cahill and his various relationships that you'll find yourself rooting for the main character and "turning the page" to find out what's around the next corner.

Is The Dead Man too short? Of course. But in a way, all good stories are. I certainly can't wait to read more.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Coral Russell on March 8, 2011
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I really liked this, but am going to make a short review because it is too short! I liked the characters, the plot, the descriptions (they're very hip) and then poof! It's like an installment... I hear there is a next one and am waiting... impatiently! :) All right guys, don't make me go Misery on you! o.~
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Buddy Gott on March 1, 2011
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Wow, what can I say about this one that the other reviewers here haven't already said?

I loved this book.

The story itself is very clever and the writing is excellent. One of the things I liked most about it is that there are parts that are downright creepy and twisted, yet there are also parts that are very, very funny. There's a great mix of horror, thrills and humor in this one.

Like my title of this review says, I had a hard time putting it down. The story was very compelling and I'm anxiously awaiting the second book in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew P. Mayo on March 5, 2011
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The Dead Man: Face of Evil, the first in a planned series of books written by series creators Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin, takes its cues from the best of the men's adventure genre of past decades and then hits the highway with its own twists, turns, and flaming rollovers.

The novel is horrific, suspenseful, mysterious, and adventurous, all at once. It's also fast-paced, grim-humored, and cleverly written. But mostly, it's a seat-edge read, equal parts chuckles and winces, that slams our hero from one peril to another. Did I mention it's a page turner?

I'll not rehash the plot--no need to spoil anything--except to say that I like where it took me (and where it promises to take me) and I dig the characters I met on the way. It's short, novella length, but that suits me just fine. I like my action in-close, pummeling, and tinged with humor, and The Dead Man: Face of Evil offers that in spades.

The Dead Man: Face of Evil is pure pulpy goodness. And even better--there's more to come! Book number two, The Dead Man: Hell in Heaven, also written by Goldberg and Rabkin, is due out soon. And after that, we're promised further installments written by more modern pulp masters. Count me in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Badelaire on February 21, 2011
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Mix one part lurid crime thriller, one part Stephen King-esque weird supernatural horror, add in a dash of colorful sex and a few sprinkles of gratuitous violence, then shake well over ice and pour into a tall frosty mug of icy death. You've just mixed up Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin's new short novel series, THE DEAD MAN.

I've been asked to avoid any spoilers, so I'll just say that the plot involves a young man who suffers a traumatic event, and afterward, finds himself exposed to a mysterious secret he never knew existed.

The short novel (only about 25K words) is fast and tightly written. There isn't a lot of action (this is the first book, so a lot of things have to be set up first), but what violence there is counts as definitely cringe-worthy - in a good way. After reading Goldberg's book JUDGMENT I have definitely become a fan of his over-the-top depictions of murder and mayhem, and this new book doesn't disappoint.

Face of Evil has some sex thrown into the mix, which is always a good thing. I for one think there needs to be more sex in action novels; like peanut butter and chocolate, the two go so well together. There's some sharp humor as well, although the humor is rather bleak - just the way I like it in a crime / horror novel. The random asides given to minor characters throughout the book are especially amusing.

With the soaring popularity of the eBook format, I think we are going to see a great resurgence in the short novel and novella as a legitimate book length, something that's been largely missing from genre fiction since the late 80's. Despite the book's modest word count, I felt it is worth every penny of its $2.99 price tag, and would have been more disappointed if the story had been "padded out" to give it bulk. Face of Evil is a lean, mean story that does well to whet your appetite for future DEAD MAN releases.
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