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"I don't like horror novels. I don't much care for the fantasy genre. And buckets of gore put me off. So how come I read two of these books? I'll be honest with you: I was sort of trapped into it (don't ask). And what do you know, I loved them, notwithstanding the above. First of all,, Goldberg and Rabkin are keen observers and fine writers. Exposition, dialogue, plotting, description . . . they're all first-rate: economical, coherent, and convincing. And Mathew Cahill is a genuinely intriguing character. And--to my surprise--darned if the books aren't funny. To put it in a nutshell, I simply couldn't put them down. No, really, I mean it. Literally. Once I started, I read each one through in a single night, which isn't usual for me. And now I'm hooked on the series. My God, what's happening to me? " -Aaron Elkins author of The Worst Thing, Uneasy Relations, and The Dark Place --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Lee Goldberg earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from UCLA while working as a freelance journalist for such publications as American Film, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. He earned two Edgar Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America. His television writing and producing credits include SeaQuest, Diagnosis Murder, and Monk. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.

William Rabkin is a two-time Edgar Award nominee who writes the Psych series of novels and is the author of Writing the Pilot. He has consulted for studios in Canada, Germany, and Spain on television series production and teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension. He is also an adjunct professor at the UC Riverside's low- residency master’s program.

James Daniels is a labor organization attorney who performed Shakespeare in London, received a Grammy nomination for his audio book narration, and wrote the hard-boiled noir mystery Ghost Bride. He and his family live in the Midwest. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dead Man Series (Book 1)
  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455878502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455878505
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,588,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys horror/fiction.
KerriK
In a short book like this, you have to get moving quickly and I think too much time was spent talking about people that have never been mentioned again.
Troy Lyons
It's written with a sense of humor, the story moves at a good pace, and the length of the stories match well to the plot lines.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Janice Sims VINE VOICE on February 15, 2012
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I ordered The Dead Man volumes 1 & 2 because the synopsis stated that they were targeted to a male audience. Sure, the level of violence and the manner in which the intimate scenes are written might appeal to males, however women also like an exciting, fast-paced story! Actually, the stories (I've already read both volumes) reminded me of an old TV series: Kung Fu, in which a protagonist travels from town to town in search of someone. In The Dead Man series a really decent guy, Matt Cahill, dies in an avalanche. Three months later, he awakens and not only is he fine, but his body has improved. He now heals swiftly, and he suspects he no longer ages. Bonuses, right? Maybe not. Matt also now has the ability to see evil. When someone is about to commit an atrocious act, Matt sees them as rotting corpses. He actually sees the evil spreading in them. Plus, there is a supernatural being who calls himself Mr. Dark who goes around poisoning people with evil and inducing them to kill. Matt believes that unless he can vanquish Mr. Dark, the entire world will eventually be affected by his evil. As Matt tracks Mr. Dark across the USA he performs one heroic act after another. As someone who has read some of the best pulp fiction writers such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, I think this is a fine series and I look forward to other volumes.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 14, 2012
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I'm glad it wasn't just me who was missing the likes of the Destroyer or the Death Merchant or even Peter David's short-lived Psiman series. The market dried up some time ago for action-packed men's adventures like those. But then e-books came along and Kindle and such, and so we're getting a bit of a revival of the short novel. Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin take rapid advantage with their gristly, spooky THE DEAD MAN series. THE DEAD MAN Vol. 1 collects the first three novellas.

I can't get enough of the strong pulp horror vibe that this series generates. Goldberg and Rabkin, who would soon recruit other writers to the cause, lace these stories with a nasty streak. The prose is spare and peppered with a wicked sense of humor. This is right up Joe Lansdale's alley, although I like to think there's also some of Robert E. Howard's influence at play here (and no, I don't mean the Conan stuff).

FACE OF EVIL acquaints us with simple logger Matt Cahill who is a petrified cadaver as the story opens. As a hero's introduction that's pretty hard to top. Three months after lying dead and frozen beneath an avalanche, Matt Cahill suddenly wakes up on the coroner's slab (this doesn't thrill the coroner). Matt finds it a tough go, returning to a semblance of his old life. He's regarded as a medical phenomenon. He's on YouTube (or his corpse is, anyway). He'd willed his property to his irresponsible best friend Andy. But the worse thing is that he can now see (and smell) the evil in people, evil manifested in the form of festering rot. Is this sudden ability a gift or a curse? Worse, when he came back from the dead, did he bring back a demonic passenger? Or has Mr. Dark always been there, pulling strings, coercing people into terrible acts of violence?
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Kovacich VINE VOICE on February 16, 2012
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This is a collection of three stories: Face of Evil, Ring of Knives, and Hell in Heaven. This book is the first three stories in The Dead Man series. They all are based around the character Matt Cahill.

Face of Evil - This is the beginning to Matt Cahill. He is a logger that tries to have a romantic interlude with a co-worker and gets trapped in an avalanche and killed. But that is just the beginning. Three months later Matt wakes up on a coroner's table. He heals rapidly, doesn't age, and can now sense the evil in others. But Matt senses Mr. Dark and decides to go on the hunt for Mr. Dark before he can spread the evil to others.

Ring of Knives - Matt is still fighting Mr. Dark. He gets a tip that an institutionalized man may have the key to defeating Mr. Dark. Matt gets into the asylum but after facing the horrors there, he may not get out. He has one chance, to fight the evil in the woods by the asylum. Mr. Dark is not the only one out spreading evil.

Hell in Heaven - Heaven is a little town that has some hellish clan wars going on in it. The only thing keeping the clans from killing each other is the Lawgiver. But evil takes many forms and Matt learns that his ax-welding skills are going to be severely tested.

I loved this book. All of the stories are short novellas of about 65 to 77 pages that you can purchase separately. But I have to say that I love how they are combined into this book. This is a great, fast paced series. I love Matt's character and all the horror that he faces. When you think it can't get any worse, it does. I can't wait to start reading volume 2 to see what happens next.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Girod VINE VOICE on April 3, 2012
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I actually read "The Dead Man" books in reverse starting with Volume 2 and just finishing this first volume today, and I would recommend you do the same thing if interested in these tales. The second volume was quite a bit more fun than these first 3 stories.

"The Dead Man" are three seperate long stories revolving around the same character of Matt Cahill written by different authors. With this first collection we first meet Matt in "Face of Evil", a simple man dealing with the loss of his wife to cancer while working at a lumberyard in the Pacific Northwest. Matt is trying to piece his life back together when he gets trapped under an avalanche. Buried for 3 months under tons of snow and ice, Matt's body is taken directly to the morgue after being found. But Matt isn't dead, he's come back and is now haunted by a mysterious figure known as the Dark Man.

The second story, the weakest of the series so far, "Ring of Knives" deals with Matt traveling to a sanitarium in search of a mental patient who also claims to have seen the Dark Man. As Matt searches for the patient who may be able to help him understand who the Dark Man is, he finds himself facing the Midnight Crew who don't appreciate his snooping around.

The final story "Hell in Heaven", takes Matt to a small mountain named Heaven. Upon arrival is almost seems as if the town has been expecting Matt. Matt soon discovers the town has been living under the rule of a brutal "lawgiver" and is embroiled in the middle of a centuries old blood feud.

The first and third stories are good, bloody fun, while "Ring of Knives" kind of drags in places. Still if you are looking for something a bit different in horror, I suggest you give both volumes a try.
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