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  • Mass Market Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Original edition (4 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451464745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464743
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,714,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in the Bronx, Stefan Petrucha spent his formative years moving between the big city and the suburbs, both of which made him prefer escapism.

A fan of comic books, science fiction and horror since learning to read, in high school and college he added a love for all sorts of literary work, eventually learning that the very best fiction always brings you back to reality, so, really, there's no way out.

An obsessive compulsion to create his own stories began at age ten and has since taken many forms, including novels, comics and video productions. At times, the need to pay the bills made him a tech writer, an educational writer, a public relations writer and an editor for trade journals, but fiction, in all its forms, has always been his passion. Every year he's made a living at that, he counts a lucky one. Fortunately, there've been many.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"You'd Be Surprised How Little You Know About Yourself" 17 Sept. 2012
By Steven Holtz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Who and what is Hessius Mann?

Imagine that Raymond Chandler decided to write a detective novel (The Big Half-Sleep?) but Phillip Marlowe was dead and had been reanimated. Imagine that the process by which he was reanimated left that detective with physical, mental and emotional impediments that affected his ability to act, think, feel and otherwise do his job. Imagine that the story was set at a time and in an environment in which a good segment of the population was "dead" like the detective (Petrucha refers to these reanimated dead as "chakz," and they are the second-class citizens of this world) but another segment of the population was still "alive" and that these two segments were, for the most part, at odds with each other. And, finally, imagine that the case in which the detective was embroiled went to the very heart of of his and the world's predicament.

Or, perhaps, imagine that Philip K. Dick decided to pen a SF novel in which he attempted a variation on one of his more significant themes - what it is and means to be "human" - and instead posed the question as what it is and means to be "alive."

There are some authors of genre fiction, like Chandler and Dick, who transcend the genres in which they write and who craft finely tuned and entertining stories that, when examined and peeled back, reveal layers of meaning and examine deep philosophical questions. Stefan Petrucha is such an author and Dead Mann Running is such a novel.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Zombies Never Give Up, Do They? 11 Sept. 2012
By connywithay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Title: Dead Mann Running
Author: Stefan Petrucha
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 978-0-451-46474-3

Some zombies just cannot move on with their lives. In Stefan Petrucha's second in the Hessius Mann novel series, "Dead Mann Running," the dark, dry tale of zombies blending with us live humans continues, but this time on a somewhat humanistic note.

This three hundred and thirty nine page paperback book is smaller than the normal size so can be easily hid inside a backpack, toted in a back pocket or tucked under a pillow for safe keeping, away from prying, covetous eyes. With using two of the main profanities freely and bizarre descriptions of body parts from the afterlife, the peculiar topics covered may not be acceptable for preteen age or younger, unless, of course, they are cussing zombies themselves or appear to be.

Without knowing all the gory details of Petrucha's first novel, "Dead Mann Walking," the reader can easily put together the facts in this written in first person tome: past police detective Hess Mann has been executed yet is somewhat alive, has been accused of killing his wife, and is now living haphazardly in the city as a chakz who pathetically still tries to solve police cases. When a live human arm complete with fingers knocks at his door to deliver a briefcase and immediately several rogue groups are trying to confiscate it, Mann and his assistant try to figure out what the two precious vials inside the case really contain and who are their owners.

With his body deteriorating, bones broken yet super-glued together and mind afraid to go feral at any moment, Mann has to deal with his old boss who had slept with his wife and still hates him, a raggedy who is more a ninja than a disfigured young girl, a painted-up zombie newscaster whose supervisor has a niche to help the decaying needy, a charismatic chakz evangelist who communicates to his followers virally by cellphone and a sadistic female scientist who has more than a simple interest in testing her patients. From going into depressing chakz camps, surreal science labs, watched office buildings and a mental asylum, the weary but determine detective tries to solve his past memories of his father, the current deteriorating problems of being a zombie and the fractured future of all mankind.

If you thought you knew everything about how a zombie lives and lasts but want a page turner with bone-snapping twists and turns, this emotional, passionate and very twisted read about zombies verses lifebloods should do the mortal trick.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
super Mann zombie detective thriller 4 Sept. 2012
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The state executed former Liveblood cop Hessius Mann for murdering his wife. After his death, suppressed DNA evidence proved his innocence. To atone for their blunder the state applied the Radical Invigoration Procedure (RIP) to reanimate Mann as a Chak in which he is tested every month to insure he does not go rogue. The side effects are horrid as his IQ is gone along with his memory; his bones break easily and no lotion can help with the dry skin. He needs money so Mann becomes a private investigator with Misty the Liveblood as his office manager.

He asks who is it to a knock on his office door, but no one responds. Mann opens the door to see a hand attached to an arm holding the handle of a briefcase; there is no rest of the body. The arm enters the office taking the case inside with it. Leaving the case behind on the floor; the arm jumps out of a window. Misty orders Mann to investigate why an arm left him a suitcase containing two vials of a blue liquid; while adversaries seek the bottles.

The key to this super Mann zombie detective is the RIP seem plausible due to little nuances that enable the reader believe a walking arm seem reasonable. The Livebloods consider the Chakz an inferior race. Only Misty is an exception as she treats her employer with tough love affection as if he is a senile uncle who needs bullying not because he is a Chak, but because he is filled with self-pity. The mystery is fast-paced from the moment the hand knocks and never slows down as there are several people who will kill to get their hands on the vial.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Normally out of my comfort zone, but I loved it! 20 Sept. 2012
By Candace Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is such a great series! It's not something I would have ever picked up on my own but once I started reading the first book I was completely hooked.
This book is different for many reasons, but number one is that the main character is a zombie. No, these aren't of the brain eating variety. In this world they (the government or whoever) can bring people back for various reasons, one is if someone has been proven innocent after they have been given the death penalty. Once they are brought back they have diminished brain activity, rot can set in causing loss of body parts, muscle, skin, etc. They have to work hard to keep their brain working well. Hessius Mann has a better working brain than most, but he still has trouble with his memory. His body is also not in the best shape ever either. Walking or running far just doesn't work so well for him. While he may not be the typical guy for the job, he does a surprisingly good job at it. He has a sense of right and wrong and wants to protect the people, dead and alive.
This book isn't as freaky as the first was and wasn't scary really, but it had plenty of gross bits. There are a lot of nasty zombies (called chakz) with missing parts, but there is a part with some experimentation that would make about anyone cringe.
This had pretty much constant action with very little down time. It was easy to keep reading and hard to put down.
This is what I call a guy UF. Oh plenty of girls will like it, I certainly do, but its light on the romance (pretty nonexistant) and heavy on action and gore. I think there are plenty of UF books that work for men and women, but some men are preferring a more manly book without the romance. I think this would fit that category.I wouldn't recommend this for YA readers unless you've already ventured into adult horror.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
ZOMBIE NOIR... 16 Nov. 2012
By Lawyeraau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Zombie enthusiasts will find much to like in this wildly creative series. The author has created a new urban hero, Hessius Mann, a former New York City Detective who was possibly framed for his wife's murder, found guilty, and then executed, only to be brought back from the dead, when a legal technicality caused the guilty verdict to be overturned.

Yes, technology has crossed a new frontier, and the dead can be brought back to life, but not life as they knew it. Suddenly, the earth finds itself populated with this new class of citizenry, the living dead, with all kinds of issues and difficulties.

Job hunting is one of those difficulties, and clearly this is problematic for the truly living to do in even the best of economies. For the living dead, it is nearly impossible. So, Hessius Mann hangs up his shingle as a private investigator. Hope springs eternal for Hessius, as it is no easy thing for a zombie to get a case.

In this second book in the series, our undead Detective gets a real surprise when a mysterious suitcase gets delivered to him in a most unusual way and from a most unlikely source. What is inside the suitcase will certainly lead him on a merry chase through the labyrinthine world of the undead, as well as through that of the truly evil who are among the living. What he discovers, with the aid of his trusty living assistant, Misty, will ultimately shed some light on the reasons that the undead are as they are.

This is a well-written book that is teaming with details about life for the living dead. The author successfully creates a whole zombie culture that is believable, with quirky characters who just happen to be members of the living dead. Those who are partial to books about zombies will definitely become fans of this new series, as will those who enjoy chiller thrillers or those who simply like an old fashioned detective story with a twist. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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