Nekropolis is a hard boiled crime mystery set in an urban fantasy landscape within a shadowy dimension separate from Earth. Matthew Richter, a cop from Cleveland, followed a murder suspect through a two-way portal into Nekropolis. There he ends up as a zombie working at the only business he knows: as a private eye.
Considered a rare entity as a self-willed zombie, Richter does favours for the creature citizens of Nekropolis in exchange for fees to purchase restorative spells. Now that they have begun to fail, every day he focuses on survival while searching for an alternative spell to preserve his decaying body.
A voluptuous half-vampire named Devona enlists his assistance in locating a magic crystal missing from her father’s collection. While unraveling the mystery of the disappearance of the Dawnstone, Richter finds more questions to every answer he uncovers. He follows the same method he used when he was a detective in Cleveland, while carrying a sense of responsibility from his former life.
The pace was steady, with situations and places explained in short bits of detail as the story moved forward while Richter put together his case. I had to keep reading to learn how Richter made out by the end.
Described in vivid detail, the different creatures such as the genetically enhanced shapeshifters and gangs of cyberpunk vampires, and the incidents within the story have a decided ick factor to them. There were episodes of humour throughout combined with the intriguing history of Nekropolis.
It’s an interesting book meant to be fun. I recommend this book for any crime, mystery, fantasy or horror reader who wants a taste of something a little bit different. As this is the first volume in a series with two follow-up novels, I look forward to the next.
Book format: paperback, 419 pages
Publisher: Angry Robot Books, imprint of HarperCollins
Author website: Tim Waggoner
August 6, 2009 (UK / Australia)
ISBN 978 0 00732 386 9
January 2010 (Canada / US)
ISBN 978 0 00732 946 5