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Stalking the Zombie (A John Justin Mallory Mystery Collection)

by Mike Resnick

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Title: Stalking the Zombie
Series: John Justin Mallory #3
Author: Mike Resnikc
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 222
Format: Kindle digital scan


Synopsis:

A collection of short stories about John Justin Mallory, a private investigator who has been transported to an other worldly version of Manhattan.

Solving mysteries with an old fat lady who hunted monstrous creatures in the deepest jungles and taking care of a spoiled cat girl, Mallory also has to put up with the East Coasts most powerful demon. Who never tells a lie. Odd that.


My Thoughts:

This was ok. While it is the 3rd book in the series [something I didn’t realize when I started reading this], being a collection of short stories it fills in everything you need to know to feel right at home.

Certain aspects were extremely repetitive, which once again, is because of it being short stories that were written at widely varying times and for widely varying publications. I found I could skip about 3 paragraphs per story once I’d read the first story.

Mallory was supposed to be a hard bitten PI but he came across a gambling addict who relied too much on his own perceived smarts instead of working hard. One short story was ok but more than that and it just wasn’t fun any more. Too bad, because Resnick has a pretty good track record with me. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0961035250, Hardcover)

Collected for the first time anywhere, here are the short stories of detective John J. Mallory, from Resnick's STALKING THE UNICORN, STALKING THE VAMPIRE and STALKING THE DRAGON. Mallory is a hard-boiled detective from our world, unhappily stranded in a Manhattan filled with trolls, pink elephants, a blue-nosed reindeer, powerful demons and more.

The stories are witty fast-paced urban fantasies with dialogue seemligly drawn from 1930s film comedies. Connie Willis writes in her preface: STALKING THE ZOMBIE is the fun, funny, tall-tale telling Mike at his cutting-loose best. It's inventive, satiric, fast-paced, a roller-coaster ride of a book. And you're going to have a whale--oops, pink elephant---of a time reading it!

Eight short mysteries, the title story being original to this collection. Cover by Spectrum Artist Douglas Klauba. And all-new introduction by Mike Resnick explaining where the character came from and detailing Mallory's history. A preface by Connie Willis. This is collection is a treat for John J. Mallory fans.

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