Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Book Review: Nekropolis by Tim Waggoner


I'm a big fan of detective mystery fiction, horror, and cross-genre books so picking up Nekropolis at the Imaginarium Convention last year turned out to be real treat. Matt Richter is a great, memorable fictional character with one-liners that made me laugh out loud despite the immeasurable tensions that this zombie private detective faces. You read that right, Richter is a zomibe who was once a police officer and now works as a guy who does favors. 

The city of Nekropolis is fascinating and I never knew what was going to happen next. I found it delightfully terrifying and engaging throughout. Richter is a great character to introduce the reader to the strange occurrences since he always has a witty explanation. Waggoner does a great job explaining how the rules work while not bogging down the story with exposition.

The other characters are great as well. Devona is the attractive vampire that comes to ask the zombie Richter for help and fills the role in many classic detective thrillers while also subverting it with magical abilities and her vampire powers. Lazlo is a wild demon taxi driver that helps Richter and Devona out of jams while also creating a few hilarious situations of his own that the protagonists have to escape.

The mystery kept me enthralled throughout and has a satisfying conclusion. Waggoner keeps the pace running throughout and made me feel as if I had explored a lot of the world by the end. I could recommend this book to readers of mystery, horror, sci-fi, and fantasy and would believe that all of them would end up satisfied by the end.

This book was published by Angry Robot Books few years ago and was rewritten as an extended edition so I'm glad to see that there are two more books in the series to check out and will most definitely be picking those books up soon!

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