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Hair Raising (Dan Shamble Zombie P. I.) Paperback – April 30, 2013
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Hair Raising is another fun entry in Kevin J. Anderson's Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. series. This time werewolves take center stage as friction between full-time and part-time werewolves comes to a head. As always, zombie detective Dan Chambeaux (aka Shamble) is in the middle of it all. Sorting through customer satisfaction issues with a body parts store, helping a harpy track down the culprit of a back luck charm, assisting a zombie with child support issues (if you're dead, do you still pay child support?), and solving the mystery behind random werewolf scalpings, Dan has his hands full. The book certainly keeps the story entertaining with lots of crazy, oddball elements.
In previous books, we've seen Dan deal with a lot of weird cases. This time around, someone is scalping werewolves. The random violence serves to worsen the already tense relationship between werewolves. On one side is the full time werewolves derogatorily called hairballs. On the other side is the once a month werewolves who transform when the moon is full, aka monthlies. The two sides hate each other and are looking for a fight. Unfortunately it's up to Dan to try and avert a massacre in the Unnatural Quarter.
Of course one case is never enough, and Dan has several. Each case blends the mundane reality of the real world with the fantastical reality of the Unnatural Quarter. In a city where monsters are very much real, crazy stuff happens. It makes for some entertaining situations, plus it gives the story plenty of room for humor. However, I was also surprised by the tension and drama that developed later in the book.Read more ›
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Hair Raising by Kevin J Anderson
Rusty the full time Werewolf has been running an illegal cockatrice fighting ring. Since cockatrices are well known to be so ugly the sight turns people to stone, these are specially bred specimens, all of the claws and fangs, none of the stone turning business. When McGoo innocently drops by, the spectators flee, and Rusty and his nephew Ferguson grab the cockatrices and flee as well.
This means Dan Chambeaux, the Zombie PI has to explain his presence at the games. He has been hired by Rusty who suspects trouble-makers Scratch and Sniff, two full moon only biker Werewolves of skimming his profits. There is trouble brewing among the Werewolf population of the Quarter, with full time Werewolves (Hairballs) and full moon only Werewolves (Monthlies) both crying foul on the others.
To complicate matters, with someone deliberately knocking Werewolves (Hairballs only) and scalping them, the problem just escalated. The Hairballs are certain the Monthlies are guilty, Scratch and Sniff specifically; and the Monthlies are just as certain it is a frame up. The Hairballs heal quickly, but regrowing hair on their renewed scalps is iffy.
Coroner Archibald Victor has a complaint he wants investigated. Victor is a part time Mad Scientist who is into body building. In the Unnatural Quarter, this has nothing to do with a gym. It has a lot more to do with the work of Doctor Victor Frankenstein. The Coroner likes to build his bodies from the bones up. He has no need to rob graves, since there is a parts supply shop in the Quarter.
Body parts there are supposedly from donated bodied.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another entertaining zombie detective novel i enjoy Kevin J Anderson's work in Dan shamble, neat way to displace reality for a while.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Hysterical! I not a fan of typical zombie things. This book, however made me a fan of all things Dan Shamble! Thanks, Kevin Anderson!Published 15 months ago by Christine Maynard
I have met Kevin Anderson and I bet he had a good time writing the two books about Dan Shambles. He does a good job explain how zombies function in this universe. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Printophile
The fur has really started to fly as a serial scalper is taking the top off several full-time werewolves in the Unnatural Quarter. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Cherie Barstow
This is my third book following zombie P.I.'s cases these books have been fresh and offer a new twist on an old genre. Can't wait for book four.Published 23 months ago by Ruth Gant
Mr. Anderson really has a way with words. This book is really interesting the way all the cases come together and get solved by the zombie PI.Published 23 months ago by Ronnie R. Purcell
Mr. Anderson has set out to produce another comedic, fantasy, detective noir mash up. Not the hardest thing in the world but probably in the top ten. Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by Al Hence