Thursday, October 4, 2012

UF Review: Dead Mann Running: A Hessius Mann Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

I've finished "Dead Mann Running" the 2nd book in his Hessius Mann series by Stefan Petrucha.

Product Description

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.

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Roc; Original edition (September 4, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451464745
ISBN-13: 978-0451464743

My Review:

Hessius Mann was executed for the murder of his wife but after the his death DNA testing proved his innocence.   Hessius was brought back to life as a Chak (a form of zombie) using the Radical Invigoration Procedure (RIP) and is tested every month to ensure he hasn't turned feral.  The sides effects are enormous because his memory with his IQ are gone, his bones break easily and he has severe dry skin which no lotion will help.

One day a live human hand along with it's fingers knocks on Hessius's door to deliver a briefcase.  It leaves the case and then jumps through the window.  Misty Hessius's office manager arrives and informs him he should investigate why the arm left a case with two vials of blue liquid and who it belongs too.  During their investigation they are chased by adversaries.

I highly recommend this series if you enjoy urban fantasy page turning with tons of eye-dropping twists and turns.  


Books in series:

1.  Dead Mann Walking
2.  Dead Mann Running

Thanks Stefan for sending me your book to review, greatly appreciated!

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