Dan Shamble

Unnatural Acts
(Dan Shamble #2)
by Kevin J. Anderson (2012)

In the Unnatural Quarter, golems slave away in sweatshops, necromancers sell black-market trinkets to tourists, and the dead rise up–to work the night shift. But zombie detective Dan Shamble is no ordinary working stiff. When a local senator and his goons picket a ghostly production of Shakespeare in the Dark–condemning the troupe’s “unnatural” lifestyles–Dan smells something rotten. And if something smells rotten to a zombie, you’re in serious trouble. . .

This is a mash-up of urban fantasy, noir detective fiction, and (a bit of humour). It feels like Kevin has read Mike Resnick’s ‘Chasing the …’ series and decided to have a go. On the plus side, there is plenty of interesting characters and plot. Don Shamble is the neutral character, main protagonist and general good guy.

This is a case of just ‘OK’ there is no real spark or new slant that makes this anything but a workman-like novel.