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Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Publisher: Galaxy Press
Publication Date: 01/01/2010
Synopsis from Goodreads: Detective Terry Lane is a standout homicide cop who thought he’d seen it all . . . until now.
As tough as Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness of The Untouchables—and just as incorruptible—Lane has seen the darkest side of human behavior. But he’s never seen a murder spree like this, targeting the wealthy, the powerful and the privileged. For the evidence is clear: the killers have not emerged from the seamy underside of the city . . . but from six feet under it. They are the walking dead, spreading terror and showing no mercy.
Following a trail of drugs, blackmail, and the twisted clues of a seductive nightclub singer, Detective Lane will have to think outside the box…or he could end up inside one, buried alive.
In 1934, while living in New York, the heart of the publishing industry, Hubbard struck up a friendship with the city’s medical examiner—a relationship that started his education in undetectable crime and provided him with authoritative clinical background for his detective stories.
“A rollicking horror yarn [that] taps into the current craze for zombies. . . . heart-pounding.” —Publishers Weekly
*An International Book Awards Winner
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Don’t believe the rumors or everything you read about Dead Men Kill – it isn’t campy, it isn’t pulpy, and it isn’t obviously paid-by-the-word rubbish. I’ve seen all of these terms used to describe the story, but those aren’t it.
Is it old? Of course it is – it was originally published in Thrilling Detective Magazine in 1934. But that’s one of the things that makes this story great. It doesn’t have all the techno-babble that is so prevalent in today’s stories. Are there zombies? Yep, but with a surprising twist. This mystery combines the horror of dead men who walk (and kill) with the mystery of who is controlling these zombies. And an interesting note – in the book, these zombies are referred to as “the walking dead.”
It’s a quick read – it takes around an hour to get through the story. The action is fast-paced. You don’t have to think too much to get through it and it’s easy to get lost in the story. There are plenty of plot twists and things you wouldn’t expect, and this is not one of those mysteries where you have an idea of who the bad guy is less than halfway through the story.
There is, as per usual, a glossary for terms we “young whippersnappers” might not be familiar with. There is a preview of another story in the Stories from the Golden Age series. The book is a wonderful example of how utterly great the older works can truly be.
I received a copy of this book free from Galaxy Press in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.