Kill the Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel
by Richard Kadrey
Review by Benjamin Wald
Eos Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061714313
Date: 01 October 2010 List Price $22.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Kill the Dead is the sequel to Richard Kadrey’s inventive and intriguing first urban fantasy novel Sandman Slim. Unfortunately, this second outing into Stark's grim world is a bit of a disappointment. While it retains the fast paced, action-filled plot and Stark's own surprisingly endearing blend of tough-guy machismo and self-deprecating dry humor, the plot is a mess, with lots of action but little sense of motion, and Stark himself is frustratingly ambivalent and unmotivated throughout most of the novel. While Kadrey has retained some of the strengths of the setting and character, these aren't enough to redeem a lackluster sequel. From official release/information:
From back of book: What do you do after you've crawled out of Hell to wreak bloody revenge? If you're Stark, you turn to bounty hunting, tracking and decimating whatever rogue monsters you're paid to kill. Stark hates the work, but he needs the money, especially the big bucks Lucifer is offering. In town as an advisor on a biopic of his life, Lucifer needs protection, and he wants Stark as his bodyguard. But the gig isn't all bad; there is the very sexy, very hot French porn star Brigitte Bardo, a friend of Lucifer's, in LA to remake her reputation as a legit actress. While it isn't love, it's pretty damn good, and after eleven years of demonic chastity, it's enough for now.
Stark has enough trouble juggling a diva devil and a scorching French bombshell without a zombie plague to complicate matters. And just what happens when a human-angel half-breed is bitten by the living dead? His human side begins to die transforming him into an unstoppable angel of death--a killing machine devoid of emotion or thought, with no regrets or future to worry about. Not a bad way to be when your choices are limited. Now Stark has to decide...if he does find a cure for the zombie infection, will he take it?