There's something fishy going on in the Unnatural Quarter. Bodies are floating face-down, the plumbing is backing up, and something smells rotten—even to a zombie detective like Dan Shamble. Diving into the slimy underbelly of a diabolical plot, Dan comes face-to-tentacles with an amphibious villain named Ah'Chulhu (to which the usual response is "Gesundheit!"). With his snap-happy gang of gator-guys—former pets flushed down the toilet—Ah'Chulhu wreaks havoc beneath the streets. While feuding weather wizards kick up storms and a gang of thieving lawn gnomes continues their reign of terror, Dan Shamble is running out of time—before the whole stinking city goes down the drain...
About the Author
Kevin J. Anderson has published 160 books, 56 of which have been national or international bestsellers. In 2012 he launched his humorous horror series of mysteries featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., who has starred in five novels and numerous short stories, even a graphic novel crossover with Kolchak the Night Stalker. Anderson has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, Dune, and DC Comics universes, as well as unique steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart, based on the concept album by the band Rush. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, and the Saga of Shadows trilogy. He has edited numerous anthologies, written comics and games, and the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Slimy Underbelly based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Kevin Anderson has again combined the best of all worlds into this work. Sly references to horror pictures of the Golden Age as well as the film noir of the 1940s detective era plus puns and jokes galore. Greatly looking forward to more adventures of Dan Chambeaux and company. Shamble on!
2.5 stars Kevin J. Anderson's Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series has received "2 decaying thumbs up" from Jonathan Maberry, one of my favorite authors, so I had already purchased (but not yet read) the first three books when I stumbled upon Slimy Underbelly on NetGalley. This gave me the push I needed to start the series, and I read them all in order (alternating with "palate cleansers" in other genres to avoid the possibility of familiarity breeding contempt by the time I got to Slimy Underbelly). My response to all four books was the same: they're OK quick reads, but nothing in them compels me to continue following the series. When each book in a series has its own self-contained plot, what keeps the reader coming back is either (1) interesting and well-developed characters whom the reader cares about, or (2) intriguing mysteries to challenge the reader and bring her back to see what the author has come up with next. Unfortunately, neither is present in the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series. All of the characters are flat, the solutions to the mysteries are not surprising, and the humor just becomes more juvenile (and less amusing) with each successive volume. I would not describe this series as a waste of a reader's time, but for those looking for a fun series with supernatural detectives, I recommend John G. Hartness's Black Knight Chronicles instead. I received a free copy of Slimy Underbelly through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.