The fourth book in THE DEAD MAN series is due for release on June 2nd. It has rapidly become one of my favorites, an amalgam of the old men’s adventure novels that had their heydays in the seventies and a touch of horror. Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin created the story of Matt Cahill, the living dead man, and have penned a couple of tales so far. They’ve opened up their playground to some of the best writers working today and THE DEAD WOMAN by David McAfee is the second by one of those writers.
Matt Cahill arrives in Crawford by bus, clutching an old newspaper he’d found, to respond to an ad inside. Funds were low and he needed some job to earn more in his search for the horrible -monster?- Mr. Dark, that being he’d been seeing since his return to life after being dead for three months, frozen in an avalanche. As a result, he now saw the evil in people, knowing they were about to do something soon. It manifested in open sores, rotting flesh, foul odors that only he could see.
Abbey was the young woman who’d advertised for someone. She was cleaning out an old antique shop that her late mother had owned, moving everything to storage, and was offering ten dollars an hour. Just the kind of thing Matt was looking for to build his bankroll. She was good looking as well and Matt felt an attraction.
There were things going on in Crawford.
The Blake County Killer, a serial murderer who’d killed a dozen young women in the last few years, was being hunted. A jealous cop, the ex-husband of Abbey, was making things hot for Matt. And of course Mr. Dark puts in an appearance, following a man that passes Matt while he’s having lunch with Abbey, the first he’d seen in town with rotting flesh dripping off his skull. That’s when Matt learns of the Dead woman, a person like him.
A fine edition in the series. We learn a few new things about Matt Cahill and a possible new plot thread.
At the end is an exert of the next book in the series, THE BLOOD MESA by James Reasoner, as well as the first chapter of David McAfee’s horror novel, 33 A.D. Both look good.
update: THE DEAD WOMAN is available now on AMAZON KINDLE.