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.