- File Size: 3057 KB
- Print Length: 71 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (January 20, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 20, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004LROVS0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,652 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Dead Love Longer Kindle Edition
|Length: 71 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $1.99 when you buy the Kindle book.
Matchbook Price: $0.00
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
Richard Steele (a great PI name) has just had his ticket punched by four bullets from an unknown assailant and finds himself in Purgatory. As his "caseworker" explains it, he has to complete a mission to get into heaven. The mission appears, well, heaven-sent; he has to solve his own murder, and to do so, he gets sent back to earth right before his death in more-or-less corporeal form. However, he faces complications; first from the rather bizarre plot that surrounds his death, and second, from his ex-wife, who committed suicide a few years earlier when she found out Steele cheated on her. Her mission, as she gleefully explains it, is to make his mission as tough as possible, and since she retains her bodily form, she’s got ways to distract him.
Tongue is definitely in cheek here, Nicholson has a lot of fun with the narrative. "The Dead Love Longer" is written in the first person, and Nicholson has the tough guy PI patter down perfectly. "I'd watched the Sam Spade movies like almost every two-bit gumshoe, and the rule of thumb was to cut gorgeous dames quick and cold and hard like you would the diamonds that were supposedly a girl's best friend." The case is right down a tough PI's alley too. There's a mysterious woman who hires Steele to get the goods on her cheating husband. Of course, that's a mere cover story, but the real story involves Steele's current girlfriend who is in danger from the same people who killed him.
The mystery is actually pretty decent for a story that clocks in at 70 pages and devotes less than half that time to the actual case. But the real fun in "Dead" is the way Steele goes about solving the case. Nicholson has put a lot of thought into this version of the afterlife and concocted a strange set of rules for Steele, who's not quite a ghost as he makes his way in the real world. That makes eavesdropping on the bad guys somewhat easier, but stopping them considerably more difficult. And, if he dies again, he has to beg the powers that be in the afterlife for a third, or even a fourth chance.
It sounds more complicated than it is. Nicholson spends the majority of the book describing the afterlife and the battle between Steele and his nemesis first wife. It gets a bit silly at times, but for the most part, it's quite humorous, and, instead of distracting from the "main" story, Steele's ongoing description of his thoughts and observations in Purgatory (and a brief stint in Hell) are what make the book as entertaining as it is.
The mood of “The Dead Love Longer” is a bit inconsistent. At times, Nicholson plays it relatively straight, the way a Philip Marlowe type might actually react if he wound up in the “waiting room” between heaven and hell. But it’s hard to take a story fully seriously if the man sitting next to him in that waiting room has a steering wheel embedded in his chest (the method of that unfortunate’s demise). For the most part, I just went with the flow and enjoyed the witty observations (of which there were many) and Nicholson’s spot-on adaptation of the hardboiled writing style. “The Dead Love Longer” is a hell of a clever story.
I picked this up for 99 cents in the Amazon Kindle store during a Kindle promotion vs. its normal price of $2.99 – even at $2.99 you’ll certainly get more than a couple of bucks worth of entertainment out of this one.
Because this is a novella, there is a difficulty in reviewing the actual tale, which is decently written, if not a completely new story. Too much could be revealed that wouldn't be fair to future readers.
The only real complaint I had, and it's a minor one in this particular instance, is the lack of editing and/or formatting of the book itself. A few minor glitches and some small editing improvements would've been beneficial. Personally, I liked the original title "Transparent Lovers" better. That's actually one of my major complaints about independent publishing - the constant editing, re-writing, title and cover changes. It makes it hard for those of us trying to follow indie authors. My main suggestion to most authors, as a constant reader, would be to polish your product before rushing it onto the market so that these revisions are not continually necessary.
However, the inclusion of the short story "She Climbs a Winding Stair" at the end was an unexpected bonus and I thought it was actually better than the title story. A decent ghost story, I would've rated it 4-stars on its own merit. Thank you for including it - I will look into the compilation it was taken from.
Most recent customer reviews
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts
- Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Hard-Boiled
- Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Supernatural > Ghosts
- Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages) > Literature & Fiction
- Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages) > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Hard-Boiled