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.
Are you looking for the next tale of a small handful of survivors trying to stay alive as they battle hordes of the living dead? Who isn’t? There’s plenty of those books out there, but that’s not what you get with Braineater Jones. Instead, you get one of the most unique books I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.
I have to admit, when I first heard about the zombie detective novel that was set in the 1930’s, I was expecting something a little more farcical. I did get a lot of laughs out of this book, Kozeniewski has a brilliant and dark sense of humor, but there is also a fabulous story that keeps you guessing every step of the way. Braineater Jones has all the elements of a classic detective novel. The only exception being that the detective happens to be a newly turned zombie. In the world of Braineater Jones, the undead return with little memory of their pasts, making detective work a little harder than usual.
I can’t say one negative word about this book. The characters are fantastic, the story is topnotch, and Kozeniewski does a great job of giving us witty dialogue and vivid settings that are authentic to the time period the novel is set in. Plus, he throws in an occasional homage to the classics of the zombie genre, which is something I always love to see in a zombie book. The macabre humor that stands out in the brothel scene and in Jones’ eventual “partner” had me laughing out loud and turning pages looking for more. I can’t recommend this book highly enough to anyone, regardless of the genre they normally read. Five stars and two thumbs up!
While I read this on my Kindle, and don’t normally do audio books, I will definitely be picking up the audio version of Braineater Jones. I’ve heard a little of it and highly recommend picking up that format. Steve Rimpici really knocked it out of the park narrating this very animated story!
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