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Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead Paperback – July 6, 2011

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This is an absolutely engaging noir detective tale. Avery is a well-developed character and the author draws you into the story from the start. The violence is handled with finesse, making the story appropriate for a wider-aged audience than many current horror tales. You can't go wrong with this one! Anna Lowther - Smashwords

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Okay, here's the deal, Avery Nolan is a Lucky Strike smoking, scotch drinking, hard fighting, straight shooting private investigator from New York City. Sure, he takes his lumps every now and then, but he is always the first in line when payback is due.

Add in your desired side characters, including plenty of dames with great gams, cops that are willing to bend the law slightly for a friend, and a hot librarian and you get an idea as to where I am headed with the story.

Fact is, I had a heck of a lot of fun writing the story and hope that you will have as much fun reading it.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463631979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463631970
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,074,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven Konkoly on April 12, 2013
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Easing into the Zombie genre is no easy feat. The sheer volume of books can be overwhelming, and like any genre, quality can run the the full spectrum. Most of these books are released by small press publishers and are relatively unknown outside of the Zombie-genre community. Fortunately for me, I had a shepherd, who regularly edits for these publishers...and has apparently read every zombie book on the market. As a disclaimer, I have read World War Z...which I thoroughly enjoyed, so this isn't my first zombie book.

Tony Faville's Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead came highly recommended as a primer, and based on the title, I was skeptical...but this novella exceeded my expectations. I was pleasantly surprised to find a hard-boiled 50's detective story, merged with a cold-war conspiracy that involves the regeneration of the dead. The term "zombie" didn't exist in the early fifties, and Faville, true to the era throughout the story, honors this detail. The characters, props and settings felt authentic for this era, and captured the essence of one of my favorite movies, LA Confidential.

So, what about the undead? They're in the story from the start, but they don't occupy the story's focus. The novella proposes an interesting take on the emergence of zombies, related to a cold war military experiment...and the chaos that descends on private detective, Avery Nolan, as he searches for the key scientist involved in the controversial research...and starts to unravel the forces behind the rash of murderously bizarre behavior spreading through New York City.

Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead is a quick paced, enjoyable read, merging two genres into a unique story that kept me entertained. Tony Faville has a great sense of humor, which shines at numerous points throughout the story, adding to the experience. I would not hesitate to read another book in this series, if written by the author.
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I don't usually care for first person stories, but this one held my interest all the way. The whole story flowed smoothly and the main character was well-developed. I was expecting something a bit different from the title however. The zombie part seemed like just an after thought, and I would like to have seen more emphasis on that part because the story didn't have much to do with the title. Altogether an enjoyable read.
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Easing into the Zombie genre is no easy feat. The sheer volume of books can be overwhelming, and like any genre, quality can run the the full spectrum. Most of these books are released by small press publishers and are relatively unknown outside of the Zombie-genre community. Fortunately for me, I had a shepherd, who regularly edits for these publishers...and has apparently read every zombie book on the market. As a disclaimer, I have read World War Z...which I thoroughly enjoyed, so this isn't my first zombie book.

Tony Faville's Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead came highly recommended as a primer, and based on the title, I was skeptical...but this novella exceeded my expectations. I was pleasantly surprised to find a hard-boiled 50's detective story, merged with a cold-war conspiracy that involves the regeneration of the dead. The term "zombie" didn't exist in the early fifties, and Faville, true to the era throughout the story, honors this detail. The characters, props and settings felt authentic for this era, and captured the essence of one of my favorite movies, LA Confidential.

So, what about the undead? They're in the story from the start, but they don't occupy the story's focus. The novella proposes an interesting take on the emergence of zombies, related to a cold war military experiment...and the chaos that descends on private detective, Avery Nolan, as he searches for the key scientist involved in the controversial research...and starts to unravel the forces behind the rash of murderously bizarre behavior spreading through New York City.

Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead is a quick paced, enjoyable read, merging two genres into a unique story that kept me entertained. Tony Faville has a great sense of humor, which shines at numerous points throughout the story, adding to the experience. I would not hesitate to read another book in this series, if written by the author.
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Having never read anything by Tony F. before I went in with no idea what to expect. I loved the mixing of the genres, though like many I would have liked to see a bit more of the zombie action. It worked regardless and it may have hurt the story to add more scenes with them, who knows.

The first person style really worked well here and they fleshed out Avery Nolan and didn't just make him another dime a dozen P.I. Add in such diverse elements as the DOD and KGB and you have a hell of a story which moves along briskly but tells a great story.

I know I would enjoy seeing Mr. Nolan take on more cases with slightly off or strange elements about them in the near future and hope to see that soon. Any fan of Crime Noir, the undead, or strange conspirisy stories should check this out.

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This detective noir is set in the 1950's, with the title character being a Korean War vet. He gets pulled into what seems to be a missing-persons case, but turns into a government coverup vs KGB agents and (as you might guess from the title) the undead.

While Faville revels in the vocabulary, turns of phrase and the cliches of the genre, the underlying story moves along nicely, with some fun twists in the plot and an exciting, well-written (IMHO) fight scene near the end. The undead element was set up fairly well; althought it felt as if the main character accepted the situation a little too easily. While I'm not a regular reader of this type of book, I did enjoy it for what it was. Recommended to fans of genre novels looking for something a little different.
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