Published: October 14, 2013
Genre: Horror / Noir
Braineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he’s now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto to solve his own murder.
But Jones’s investigation is complicated by his crippling addiction to human flesh. Like all walking corpses, he discovers that only a stiff drink can soothe his cravings. Unfortunately, finding liquor during Prohibition is costly and dangerous. From his Mason jar, the cantankerous Old Man rules the only speakeasy in the city that caters to the postmortem crowd.
As the booze, blood, and clues coagulate, Jones gets closer to discovering the identity of his killer and the secrets behind the city’s stranglehold on liquid spirits. Death couldn’t stop him, but if the liquor dries up, the entire city will be plunged into an orgy of cannibalism.
Cracking this case is a tall order. Braineater Jones won’t get out alive, but if he plays his cards right, he might manage to salvage the last scraps of his humanity.
It begins when a man wakes up face down and naked in a swimming pool. In his torso is a hole where a bullet passed through. How did he wake up? He's a walked dead, of course. The difference here is that he's coherent, can speak, engage others and move around. His pain tolerance isn't quite what it was and he has a penchant for the liquor, but he's alive.
Braineater Jones gets his name through a variety of clever encounters as a newborn zombie. Zombies in this world wake up with a clean slate. There's no memories of their previous life at first - these come back slowly. For Mr. Jones, they're really taking their time. So for now, he's essentially clear of all past sins and we get to tag along while he discovers clues to solving his own murder and the mysteries of this ghoulish world.
He ends up at the Welcome Mat, a part of town that is anything but welcoming. There he finds himself a job as a detective, a bodiless Watson-esque sidekick, plenty of "Death Becomes Her" dames and an underground criminal network. Kozeniewski doesn't allow mystery-fan enough time to breathe. It was really hard to put this one down. I found Braineater Jones to be highly entertaining. He almost had a Harry Dresden quality to his quips and outlook on the craziness around him. By craziness I mean things like the Whorehouse having zombie girls that you can mix and match body parts to. I think Mr. Jones was as shocked as I. The difference is that I started laughing afterward. That is just one example of the absolutely quirky world that's been created.
Each new case brings Jones closer to the truth and each new case brings about new problems. I loved the story, how it was told. I'm totally a fan of this author's undead stories and look forward to buying a few.
about the Author:
During his time as a Field Artillery officer he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where, due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star. The depiction of addiction in his fiction is strongly informed by the three years he spent working at a substance abuse clinic, an experience which also ensures that he employs strict moderation when enjoying the occasional highball of Old Crow.
He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor’s is in German.
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