The Dead Man's Brother

The Dead Man's Brother

by Roger Zelazny

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Former art smuggler, now respected art dealer, Ovid Wiley awakes to find his former partner stabbed to death on his gallery floor. When a CIA agent shows up to spring him from NYPD custody, things get really strange.

The CIA offers to clear up the murder charge in exchange for a favor: They want Ovid to go to Vatican City and trace the trail of a renegade priest who has gone missing with millions in church funds. What’s the connection? The priest’s lover, a woman Ovid knew in his smuggling days…

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BN ID: 2940015055504
Publisher: Black Curtain Digital
Publication date: 08/29/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 570 KB

About the Author

Roger Zelazny (May 13, 1937 – June 14, 1995) was an American writer of fantasy and science fiction, best known for his Chronicles of Amber series. He won the Nebula award three times (out of 14 nominations) and the Hugo award six times (also out of 14 nominations), including two Hugos for novels: the serialized novel ...And Call Me Conrad (subsequently published under the title This Immortal) and then the novel Lord of Light (1967).

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Dead Man's Brother 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Ovid Wiley was once an infamous art thief, but gave up the second story profession to become a highly regarded New York City art dealer. One morning he arrives at his gallery only to be met by his former criminal partner, Carl Bernini; who is a corpse on the floor.

NYPD charges Ovid with the homicide. The CIA offers Ovid a deal; they will spring him from jail and insure the charges are dropped in return for him working a mission for them. Ovid agrees and heads to Rome, Italy to follow the trail of money-laundering priest Father Bretagne, who recently vanished without a trace. Ovid wonders about the coincidences as his friend Maria Borsini was apparently lover to both Bernini and Bretagne. The clues send him next to Brazil where probable death awaits him from lethal foes.

Apparently the late great sci fi writer Roger Zelazny wrote this exhilarating thriller in the early 1970s, but was never published until now. The story line is fast-paced from the reunion of former criminal partners in Wiley¿s gallery and picks ups speed and several plausible twists as the hero hops continents working for the CIA. The plot contains a historical feel as the war of the moment was Viet Nam. Readers will appreciate this exciting detective tale as Ovid uses his crime experiences as he believes the same skills are needed for sleuthing.

Harriet Klausner
-Ray More than 1 year ago
Hard Case Crime does it again. The latest installment The Dead Man¿s Brother is from six time Hugo award winner Roger Zelazny. Zelazny¿s style is as sharp as a new machete with enough wit to keep the pages moving.

The story revolves around ex art smuggler turned legit art dealer Ovid Wiley, whose life takes a turn for the worse when Ovid¿s old partner turns up dead on his gallery floor. Being held by the NYPD for suspicion of murder, his only chance is to take a deal offered by the CIA. Now Ovid is on the trail of millions of dollars in Vatican money and the rouge priest who stole it.

Arriving in Italy, the story deepens when all Ovid¿s leads end up at Maria, his old partner¿s girlfriend and ¿good¿ friend of the priest. Having narrowly escaped with his live and causing a few causalities of his own, Ovid and Maria is off to Brail to find the priest¿s brother. The story comes to a great climax when Ovid finds what. He needs only to have to escape through the jungles of Brazil chased by the local unsavory police bent on his destruction.

I found this book to be quite the page turner, so set aside a block of time, pour yourself a glass of bourbon and be prepared to take a journey into crime, deceit and more twists than a gun man¿s barrel.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Being a bit of a Zelazny fan, I was pretty intrigued by the idea of this book. Zelazny is known for his science fiction and fantasy but here he ventures into the realm of pulp crime fiction. According to the Afterword, this was an unpublished manuscript found lying around an office. Well, there might be a reason for that—I don't think it's one of his best. It felt like it needed a good editor to come along and say, "Take these parts out; they drag a bit," and "Punch up the character's motivations a bit; they don't make a lot of sense."It wasn't a disaster but it didn't have that certain something that makes some of his other works memorable. In other words, I'll probably forget almost everything about it other than the fact that Zelazny wrote at least one story in this genre.
Prop2gether on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved Roger Zelazny's science fiction (except for the Amber Chronicles, which I managed to avoid), and what a delight to find this thriller mystery tucked into the Hard Case Crime series! The style is absolute Zelazny, the plot is pure noir, and there's a final tweak at the end. You could not ask for more. If you're a fan of Zelazny's, try this one. If you're not, try it anyway.
wjohnston on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun, noirish pulp from a science fiction master, seeing publication for the first time as part of the "Hard Case Crime" series of neo-pulps (complete with suggestive cover art).Feels like vintage Zelazny - in fact, I found echoes of "Nine Princes in Amber" throughout. I always love his first person narratives. Zelazny's protagonists are often noted for being godlike; he comes about as close to that as he can here with a multilingual art dealer with a streak of good luck on his side.There's a ton of stuff going on here - murders, art theft, shenanigans at the Vatican, Latin American revolutionaries - and, in the end, none of it makes much sense. There's more than one Macguffin to help keep things rolling. Some of it seems a little dated (which is true of 9 Princes as well), but it's still a fun ride.There's an interesting afterword from the author's son, about the discovery and publication of the manuscript. It makes me wish Zelazny were still around, as I'd love to see what else he could have done in the genre.If you're a Zelazny fan, you'll want to pick this up just to check it out. If you like noir or vintage pulps, give it a try, although it may not end up being your cup of tea.
Jannes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I'm not sure about this one.I picked it up on a whim; an unpublished Zelazny book, and a spy thriller to boot, seemed to good to pass up, for sheer uniqueness if nothing else.The plot follows the protagonist, Ovid Wiley - an ex art thief turned gallery owner - as he is strong-amed by the CIA to look into possible case of svindle in the vatican fiscal offices. I won't go into detail of it here, not as much to avoid spoilers, but instead simply because I didn't care for it that much.The story is complicated, in the way that spy stories often are, but in a vague, noncommittal sort of way that doesn't really get your heart punping. There's no sense of a web of deceit, or secrets, or anything, really There's just a lot of blanks that are gradually filled in, with few twists and no real surprises. It's rather oddly paced, and you get no real sense of urgency or danger, even when the character's are supposed to fear for teir lives.The protagonist is also a bit odd, since he, most of the time, does what he does for very vague reasons, and at times make very little sense.Stylistically it's a mixed bag, but mostly good. the narrative is highly subjective to the protagonist, and some of his internal monologue rants are rather nicely done. Other parts, however, is a bit more lackluster: Environments are reasonably well described, but rather coldly so, and characters are most of the time also rather vague.I might make the book seem a bit worse that it is; it's actually a fairly decent read, but it's mainly unremarkable. I wouldn't have picked it up if it wasn't for the name on the cover, and that'll prbably be the reason I'll remember it in a few years, if I do. It's a curio, and a funny thing to have read, but not much of a story on it's own.
Wova4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hard Case Crime has enjoyed mixed success publishing posthumous novels like Dead Man's Brother, The Last Match, and Dead Street. Zelazny's novel falls just on this side of success, partly because it's so fun to see an author working outside his normal genre. The plot jets from New York to Rome to Sao Paulo, all the while building an intricate plot. The only obvious weakness is a supporting cast of characters that are a tad flat--the gallery hacks and torturers of Brazil were hard to keep straight. Ovid Wiley's miraculous "luck" as speculative element serves as a nice connection to the science fiction and fantasy genres.
red_wolf More than 1 year ago
What could I say? According to what I read about this book it was an early writing of Roger Zelazny, time-wise? The book speculates early seventies, I personally think earlier. The book is great! Can't say much more without giving anything away. I don't think any Zelazny fans will be disappointed.
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JessedrowninginWaters More than 1 year ago
And he always did a great job. Even his weaker pieces are head and shoulders above most. It was such a treat to discover this. Great plot, great characters, and Zelazny's style in pretty much unmatched. If you want a good crime story with very poetic prose, check this one out!