Dead Mann Running

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Dead Mann Running

A Hessius Mann Novel, #2

I was hesitant the first time I picked up Stefan Petrucha's first Hessius Mann book, but I'm now a total fan, so I was really excited to see a sequel, "Dead Mann Running". The author has put a new twist on the zombie genre with his zombies that come back with about 60% brain power (if they're lucky), and only going feral if they get too depressed and lose hope. I really enjoy Hessius Mann as a detective, who must utilize memory tricks and a pocket recorder to try to remember stuff. This could be read alone but it's a much better read if you've read the first one and have the background. For those who see zombies as more than just mindless flesh-eating creatures, this is one author they'll want to pick up.

Hessius Mann is back and still solving crimes, but no one seems to be beating down his door. That is until an arm pulling a briefcase shows up, missing the rest of it's body. Then Hessius has everyone trying to get the briefcase while he's trying to track down some answers. But with the people he cares about threatened, a ninja following him, and zombie camps awaiting those who fail the monthly memory tests, Hessius may find the answers to his questions may be more than he wants to know.

Book Blurb for Dead Mann Running

Just because a bullet has your name on it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t duck…

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.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2012 4.50