3 of 5 stars.
Following the success of wizarding detectives, the latest urban fantasy cluster has been a shift toward zombie detectives, with or without the noir voice. The added bonus for the zombie detective is the impetus to investigate one’s own turning as an origin story. On television and on print is iZombie. A similar modern day take is found in My Life as a White Trash Zombie, also with a female assistant coroner. And in Braineater Jones, a 1930s noir-voiced world is rich with zombies.
This overly brief tale is set within the urban fantasy world of Nightside, a fictional London neighborhood that never leaves the bleak darkness of 3am. I previously read “The Spirit of the Thing” which is also a detective noir vignette set within this world by this author. At the time, I found the story a little too convenient and brief, lacking in the development and relying too heavily on readers perhaps knowing his urban fantasy world. The same holds true for this tale, especially in that it’s an entirely new cast of characters including the protagonist detective.
Larry Oblivion awakens to find himself walking dead and lacking a few days worth of memories. He rightly decides to solve his own murder and turning. Step one: contact his detective partner and ex-mistress and update her as to his current circumstances . . .
This tale appears in Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations edited by Paula Guran.
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