SciFi Book Review: Dead Mann Running

Dead Mann Running by Stefan Petrucha

Either I’m stubborn, or it’s rigor mortis, but being dead didn’t stop me from being a detective or finding my wife’s killer. But it’s tough out there for a zombie, and lately it’s been getting tougher. These days the life-challenged have to register and take monthly tests to prove our emotional stability. See, if my kind gets too low, we go feral. I’ve been feeling a little down lately myself…

So when a severed arm—yeah, just the arm—leaves a mysterious briefcase at my office, my assistant, Misty, thinks figuring out where it came from will keep me on track. But this case goes deeper and darker than I imagined, and my imagination gets pretty dark. Turns out the people after it know more about my past life than I can remember, and even more about what I’ve become.

Hessius Mann, zombie PI, is back for a new and exciting adventure. His latest case involves a briefcase containing mysterious vials of liquid. But Mann quickly learns there are people trying to get their hands on it and are willing to kill to get it. And his investigation takes an even more dangerous turn when Mann purposefully fails his emotional stability test and is sent to a “concentration camp”/prison for ferals.

Even more exciting than the first, Dead Mann Running is a riveting and fast-paced sequel. With plenty of plot twists, mystery, humor, and suspense – this is an impressive sequel that kept me guessing to the very end. Hessius Mann may be a zombie, but he’s all heart. Urban fantasy and zombie fans shouldn’t miss this fantastic series.

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