After exposing the secret source of blood for half of Manhattan's Vampyres, private eye Joe Pitt is definitely a dead man walking. For a year he's sloshed around the subway tunnels and sewers, tapping the veins of the lost, while above ground a Vampyre civil war threatens to drag the Clans into the sunlight once and for all. What's it gonna take to dig him up? Just the search for a missing girl who's carrying a baby that just might be the destiny of Vampyre-kind.
Not that Joe cares all that much about destiny and such. What he cares about is that his ex-girl Evie wants him to take the gig. What's the risk? Another turn playing pigeon in a shooting gallery. What's the reward? Maybe one shot of his own. What's he aiming for? Nothing much. Just all the evil at the heart of his world.
©2009 Charlie Huston; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"One of the most remarkable prose stylists to emerge from the noir tradition in this century." (Stephen King)
"[Huston] creates a world that is at once supernatural and totally familiar, imaginative, and utterly convincing." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Warning this is not the next book in Joe Pitt's series , it is book 5. A lot has gone on since No Dominion. Huston has a way of telling his story that you will not be lost but it will ruin the other two books. that said great book! Scott Brick perfect for this narration.
Ever since I downloaded Already Dead and No Dominion I have been looking for more of this series on audible. When I saw "My Dead Body" I did an instant download. I was sad that audible did not includes Huston's other 2 books in the series on audio but like the other reviewers say the way this author writes he fills in where a reader might be confused.
Hopefully more people will ask for the rest of the series. I love the Twilight books (I know, I know all the boys reading this are going "EW!") but I also love the classic horror vampire of Necroscope, Vampire$, 'Salem's Lot, and The Strain. This series has what Butcher's Harry Dresden series has, good horror/fantasy with an ass-kicking but everyday guy kind of hero.
THIS IS *NOT BOOK 3 IN THE SERIES!!!
I think the first review nails it, it's the same high quality in and of itself, BUT messes up the flow
At first I thought the author was going for a different "backstory" approach and was waiting for it to fill in and listened to enough to say
1) it's consistent with the other books in terms of quality
both by Huston and by the reader Brick
2) You'll get overall plot arc spoilers which is a drag
Larry & Cheryl. Truck Driver/retired military and Dental Hygenist, respectively. Interests: action, sci-fi, urban fantasy, & historical fict
My All-Time Favorite audiobook .
Take "Marv" from Sin City and make him a vampire in a pulp-noir NYC setting. How can you go wrong?
The writing style of the author takes a little getting used to initially, but soon you will think it is absolutely perfect and couldn't imagine it being otherwise. Specifically, the author doesn't use quotation marks and doesn't go out of his way to use "he said/she said"; you sorta gotta figure it out. But, like I said, it becomes PERFECT.
I loved this book so much that, after reading it twice, I went and joined Audible so I could get the whole series (5 books) as audiobooks. And, even though I am a cheap S.O.B., it was the best decision I have ever made (other than marrying my wife). Scott Brick is the reader of the audiobooks and is absolutely perfect. I could rave on and on about how good the audiobooks are but I hope you get the point.
The books are fantastic, over-the-top pulp noir detective stories so don't be put off by the "vampire" moniker. I promise you won't regret it. Joe Pitt, the anti-hero, is IMHO the best character ever written. I mean that. If you can think of one better, holler. Dexter may be a distant second but I can't think of anyone else even close...
I really enjoyed the first 3 or so books in this series. My Dead Body has gotten to the point where it has run out of steam. Its a brutal noir like its predecessors, but lacks the plot that made its fore runners engaging.
If you love this genre but hate the typical vampire vs human series, this is a must for you. Unique storyline and fabulous character creation. This was written to make us think twice about who your standing next to and what is in the bad, really. Fun and scary
I've listened to all of the book & I've enjoyed each one and especially the last book. The only thing I would say that I don't care for is the speaking parts of the "Black" characters. I've been Black for about 43 years & I have yet to encounter any other Black folks that speak like the Black portrayed in the books...EVER. I'd gladly recommend the books to others most certainly, but as I was listening I just kept saying to myself that there was no way possible that ANY Black, African American or persons closely associated with those mentioned people were consulted about the speech patterns used in the stories.
Joe would be at the top of my favorite character list followed by Esperanza, Hurley, Chubby Freeze (love the name) and Mrs. Vandewater.
A hard days night.
Other than the deplorable accents of the Black people the books were great.
Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.
I have to admit I always had a like/hate relationship with Charlie Huston’s work. Sometimes it really blows my hair back (like his run on Marvel’s Moon Knight) and sometimes I can’t believe he could allow his name on the book (Marvel’s Deathlok). Those are just the comics, but it also applies to his novels. I get it. He’s a pulp writer. His job is to pump these stories out and that’s what he does. Maybe it is my fault for reading so many of them. Again that’s the like/hate thing. The first one or two Pitt books were pretty solid. Seemed like it was a vampire Bruce Willis by way of Shane Black and Tony Scott's Last Boy Scout. That’s what Joe Pitt always seemed like to me anyway. I like that stuff. But, man. By the last book (I skipped the second to last because I could already tell what was going to happen and that it would take 8hrs to get there and it seems like I was right), I was just curious enough to see how far Huston would take the Pitt story while also being really fed up with...frankly it seemed like Huston was just filling pages with all these friggin monologues. Cripes. “Figure you don’t have to read all of dem pages. Figure you could just throw the book across the room and go out for some fresh air. But...you don’t. No, you just sit there and take it and you’ll sit there and keep taking it until Charlie Huston decides you’ve had your fill.” That’s my Joe Pitt impression.
This is one of those series where instead of having one or two really good works, the story is spread and beaten over and over again across maybe six of them? Five or six? And it doesn’t really add up either. The character motivations and their opinions of Joe and what drives Joe. It’s only a mystery because it doesn’t add up. Maybe it took reading five of these to figure that out.
The best way to experience Joe Pitt is read the first and then skip to the 3rd and then read the last. Each book tells you what happened previously anyway.
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