From Publishers Weekly
Political reporter Ben Bennington, troubled inner-city pastor Leopold Mack and defiant punk-rocker Maria Ramirez take on marauding zombies and crooked Chicago politicians in this wickedly satirical page-turner by Kenemore (Zombie, Ohio). Knowing where the bodies are buried is integral to the power struggle that ensues after a resurgent Al Capone devours the mayor on television, an effectively gory scene that hints at Chicago's buried past coming back to light. Ramirez's father is next in line to be mayor , but amid the zombie chaos, some conspire to usurp his power. In the ensuing melee, Kenemore steers our sympathies: "...zombies are more a force of nature than a sentient, evil entity.... The humans are the ones with murder in their souls." Nevertheless, both are lethal, and Kenemore creates an authentic sense of place and character in ravaged Chicago as well as wittily sustained tension throughout. Pastor Mack's statement that they " start by taking care of each other" invokes atypically hopeful sentiments for a zombie-genre offering: the self-reliance of the poor may set the stage for a renaissance of city spirit. This blend of idealism and wry political commentary infuses new meaning into the zombie ravages portrayed so graphically here.
One thing’s for sure, you won’t be thinking: ho-hum, another book where the mayor of Chicago gets eaten by a zombie Al Capone. That’s one of the highlights of this follow-up to Zombie, Ohio (2011), in which a college professor survives an attempt on his life, only to discover he hasn’t really survived at all. But this isn’t really a sequel: it takes place at roughly the same time as the earlier book but in a different location and with different characters: the drummer in an all-girl rock band, a church pastor, and a newspaper reporter (in one of many of the book’s in-jokes, the paper he works for is called Brain’s). The reporter has the hots for the drummer, the drummer hates the pastor (whose daughter also plays in the band), and all three of them soon run into some shady politicians who are determined to use the zombie apocalypse to gain control of the city (one of the politicians being the drummer’s father, whom the drummer also hates). Did we mention the zombies? They’re crawling out of the cemeteries, they’re lurching out of Lake Michigan, they’re attacking and chomping and tearing the living apart. Fans of zombified mayhem will not be disappointed. If Zombie, Ohio was at its heart a noir with zombies (man tries to solve his own murder), this is a political thriller with zombies (good guys try to stop evil politicians from taking over the city)—different in tone from Ohio, but in its own way just as good. It’ll be interesting to see what story the author tells next. --David Pitt