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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841496820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841496825
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The final volume in the dark and gripping Joe Pitt series - a compelling blend of crime noir and vampire fiction.

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Charlie Huston lives in Manhattan with his wife, the actress Virginia Louise Smith.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Jan. 2010
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The fifth and final novel in the Joe Pitt series and one that I was pretty sad to finish. As a huge fan of Charlie's Pitt series its been a real roller coaster of a ride and one that really goes to bring the best of Film Noir into the Urban Fantasy genre. What perhaps made this even harder to finish was the way that the novel really didn't feel like it lasted any time upon my commencement of the first page. That by the way can be construed as a good thing as Joe's writing really does hook you in and keep you there for a guaranteed late night. Whilst you could start your journey with Charlie here, you really will have missed out on a hell of a lot of back story as well as the chance to get to know Joe as well as many of the fans have. Personally, I'd advise you to start at the beginning as I did again for the full pleasure of series.

Well written with great character scope alongside growth and you're going to have a real treat with a Charlie Huston novel, plus any author that makes it a must have for a guilt free reread of a series prior to commencement of the final piece really does deserve the readers respect.
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What to say , this is a great book , and a nice way to end this series, shame its over so soon , however sometimes its better not to have to much of a good thing .
For those of you who have just came across Joe Pitt , theres no point reading this book , go back to the start as you wont get a great deal of whats going on or why .
Joe is back after the revelations at the end of the last book , the war seems to be in full flow, Manhattan is at breaking point , and joe , slightly the worse for ware is back and is sent right back to the front lines of battle. Many of the story archs are dispatched deftly. the characters are all by this stage pretty well known and fleshed out. The story really generally follows on direclty from the last book, some aspects of it feel slightly rushed but on the whole really cant complain. I reckon this series would make a great set of Graphic novels.
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By Knitting Nellie on 3 Sept. 2010
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I love this series!
Huston's writing picks you up and carries you along with it right to the end. in this book you get more of the same kinds of writing and convoluted relationships that you find in the previous Joe Pitt novels. I thought that the author was perhaps tying off all the endings a little too neatly - there is certainly nothing left hanging over for another novel - but I found the resolution of some of the story lines too contrived. That being said, there was no way I was not going to read this book, and i still enjoyed rooting for Joe to come out OK in the end. I think it is interesting how the author still manages to imbue the main character with some sense of humanity. Despite the terrible, violent things he does, you're still (probably) on his side, becasue Joe still somehow has a sense of morality that works in his world.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By McDroll on 11 Mar. 2010
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OK...so it's a vampire book. I don't read vampire books...but I do read Charlie Huston. I read everything he's written that I can lay my hands on. His style is unique. The quality of his writing is amazing. It doesn't matter what the theme of the novel is.....he makes other writers look totally second-rate. Read this man's work - you must!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
About a Pint Low 27 Oct. 2009
By Gary Griffiths - Published on Amazon.com
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As my previous reviews stand witness, I'm a huge Charlie Huston fan; an evangelist for his quirky prose and off beat story lines, fast action and unapologetic violence. As a series, the "Vampyre" novels with the blood guzzling maverick bad guy Joe Pitt embody all that is Charlie Huston: hip, irreverent, cynical black humor wrapped around a larger-than-life protagonist who, if not loved, is certainly respected. So after devouring Huston's four previous installments of the Vampyre-Ronin Joe Pitt's after dark mayhem, and was really looking forward to episode five, the final chapter in this gore-splattered recharge of a tired genre.

And I was - disappointed. OK, I said it.

In fairness, "My Dead Body" does a good job of tying up the looses ends of its four predecessors. All the familiar faces are back for a final curtain call - the the buttoned down brutality of Dexter Predo, Terry Bird's "you know" progressive/liberal contradictions, the "Count" - punk Renfield turned Enclave leader, the brilliant and brainy "civilian" Amanda Horde, and of course Pitt heart throb Evie, Hurley, Sela, Digga - even the "wraiths" make a cameo - along with a cast of virtually every other clan leader and notable flowing through the pages from "Already Dead" through last year's "Every Last Drop". The central theme - Pitt's infiltration of the "Cure" house to free a young woman impregnated with the supposed Vampyre Messiah by her infected boyfriend - serves only as a convenient vehicle to find a conclusion that should have ended with the discovery of the "Hell Hole" in the previous 'Every Last Drop." But as rich as this ghoulish reunion of Vampyre politics, clan civil war, and Amanda's medical experimentation may have been, a worn out and worn down and blood-starved Joe Pitt left me wanting; the aging warhorse spending more time contemplating his own death than cracking heads as he fades away, piece-by-bloody-body piece. In what is completely uncharacteristic of Huston, a found the pacing uneven, even sleepy in parts, overdosed with arcane medical science fiction and the very real need to dispatch more justice and redemption that Huston's ambitious conclusion could contain within the limits of a 300-page paper back.

Should you read it? You bet - if you've been a fan for the distance, you'll definitely want to see how it all wraps up. If you've never read the series, this is definitely not the starting point - no matter how well it may have been written. But if you've not discovered "Already Dead" yet, you're in for a bizarre and entertaining literary treat.

For me, I'm sorry to see such a great series go out on a rather mediocre note, but hey - I'm in the minority here. Plenty of five star reviews to send this one away, and whether or not I agree, it doesn't change my conviction that Charlie Huston is the most interesting active writer of American pop crime fiction.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Satisfying end to a great series. 18 Oct. 2009
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This is the fifth and final book in the Joe Pitt series. Pitt is a vampyre in Manhattan. Vampyres are much more infected than they are mystical. They lead a harder life than they do in other stories. No Twilight or Sookie-style vampires here. This world of vampyres is a hard one, where only the strong survive (And even then, just barely.)

The Island is an enclosed community of vampyres, geographically sectioned off and ran by different clans. Joe starts off in the series as a troubleshooter for the different clans, but not beholden to any one group - rare, but Joe's skills in handling the "dirty work" make his existence outside of clan politics possible. Each book is self-contained, but does have an overall story from the first book to the last. Things happen in every book that shakes up Joe's world, so although you can read the series out of order, it's better to start at the beginning.

These books are definitely hard boiled. Joe's character reminds me of Parker from Richard Stark's books. He does whatever he has to survive or to accomplish his goal. Huston has created one of the greatest hard cases in modern fiction. And I don't want to shortchange the world he has created. The political workings of the clans, the explanation of how being a vampyre works, etc - make it easy to immerse yourself into this world.

I don't want to spoil ANY of the series, let alone the final book. So let me just say "My Dead Body" is a great book in series of great books, that does a fantastic job of finishing up the story of Joe Pitt.

Also - if you like this series, please also read the Hank Thompson trilogy by Charlie Huston. They're pretty amazing as well.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Joe Pitt Goes Out On Top 23 Oct. 2009
By TMStyles - Published on Amazon.com
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The five Joe Pitt novels are extraordinary examples of stylistic prose and horror noir at their best. "My Dead Body" is designed to end the 5 novel arc and as such, it ties a lot of loose ends together but the casual reader should be advised that "My Dead Body" is not a good novel to first experience this excellent series. In fact, each subsequent novel has become murkier and more entangling than the previous entry and there are parts of this finale that become deeply metaphysical and philosophical. And be forewarned, Huston writes in a sparse economical manner, usually in the first person, and the dialogue flows in real time without each character's comments being identified textually which can lead to confusion at times for the inattentive reader. His styling is in a "stream of consciousness" mode that sometimes seems to leap off the page and in other instances the reader is forced to reread the paragraph to get the proper character identified as the speaker.

In "My Dead Body", Charlie Huston continues the disturbing portrait of his new strangely intriguing world in which gang-like "clans" of vampires (humans who have been infected with the Vyrus) have divided Manhatten Island into territories and fiefdoms, each with its own governing structure, borders, spheres of influence, and purpose in existing. Huston has effectively created a world where vampires coexist with unknowing humans and where the sociological, psychological, and philosophical conflicts between individuals and between clans make for stunning parodies and commentaries on our lifestyles. Indeed, the loyal reader often forgets the vampire/blood dependence angle as the action and the emotions mirror those of any great noir novel that visits eternal themes of loyalty, betrayal, greed, and passion.

Joe has been hiding underground since the action in "Every Last Drop" where he initiated a war among the vampyre clans when he agrees to return to the dangerous world above to rescue Chubby Freeze's daughter who has been impregnated by her vampyre boyfriend--the possibilites of that child are enormous; however, Joe's real motivation is to please his old girl friend, Evie, and to see her once more. Within steps of returning to the surface world, Joe is embroiled in danger, double crosses, and gore as, seemingly, all the clans and all the major characters from the previous novels want to see him dead. Through artful and not so artful negotiations and manipulations, Joe soon has everyone at one another's throats (no pun intended).

While trying to survive and rescue the young couple, Joe stumbles upon a secret developed by Amanda Horde's research that could effectively destroy the entire world as the vampyres know it. Loyal readers of the series will experience the savagery of the Coalition, the Society, The Enclave, and The Hood at war with each other and with Joe. Similarly, Huston ties up the loose ends involving Digga, Predo, Terry Bird, Hurley, the Count, Sela and the rest of our surviving cast of characters. "My Dead Body" is a wild ride with many unexpected stops that, all in all, is a fitting climax to the Joe Pitt saga. I highly recommend the series, but be aware, it is a long way and a far cry from the "Twilight" and the "Sookie Stackhouse" novels.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
weak 4 Feb. 2010
By John Bowes - Published on Amazon.com
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Not so much a conclusion as an erasing of what came before. This one doesn't stand alone. If you haven't read the earlier books, this will leave you scratching your head. These "endings" to various story lines could have been done sooner. I wonder if the undead will return to see how things are in the new social structure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So long, Joe Pitt. You're gonna be missed! 3 Jan. 2012
By W. V. Buckley - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been putting off reading My Dead Body, the conclusion to Charlie Huston's astonishing series featuring Joe Pitt, a postmodern vampire gumshoe. I just didn't want to see the series come to an end. Over a three-day weekend I finally sat down and took a dive once again into Huston's twilight world of vampire clans living just beneath the public's awareness in New York City.

There's just so much of this series that shouldn't have worked. Try recommending the series to someone not familiar with it and chances are you'll get a "Huh?" when to try to explain what the series is about. But so many of the people I've recommended the Joe Pitt books to have come back and thanked me for the recommendation.

In a world where vampires have been domesticated into romantic figures and brooding eternal teens, Huston's Joe Pitt is a throwback to grittier - much grittier - times. The stories are violent. Pitt doesn't always inflict the violence; sometimes it's inflicted on him. When My Dead Body opens Pitt is still living in the sewers to which he fled after lighting a fuse that would bring New York's vampyre clans to each others' throats in the series' fourth installment, Every Last Drop. He's still missing an eye and a toe when the fifth novel opens and you can rest assured he'll be missing more body parts before it's over.

Joining Pitt once again is a parade of characters from the previous novels, many of whom won't make it to the last page. Since Pitt literally went underground in the previous novel things have gotten tense in the intervening year since Pitt let the vampire clans know where the blood they are supplied with comes from. The shock of that revelation is still rippling when Pitt comes back into the light (so to speak) to help his old friend, porn producer Chubby Freeze, track down his wayward daughter who is pregnant by her vampyre boyfriend. The trouble is that Pitt and Chubby aren't alone in wanting to find here. Some of the clans see the girl and her baby as a threat to the (un)natural order. Some see her as the hope for mankind and vampyrekind. And others want to turn the baby into a science project.

To say much more about the plot would be to take away much of the pleasure of reading Pitt's efforts to get the major players to take aim at each other long enough for him to save the human girl, her unborn child and her vampyre boyfriend. Just sit back, buckle up and enjoy the ride as Huston brings the Joe Pitt casebook to a bloody and satisfying conclusion that takes loose ends from the previous four novels and weaves them together into a gore-splattered bow.
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