Not quite a year after he defeated a serial killer, vanquished a demon, and lost the love of his life, ex-cop Jake Helman, introduced in 2009’s Personal Demons, has set himself up as a private investigator. When a woman comes to him with a seemingly impossible story—her dead grandson is dealing drugs on the street—Jake discovers that a drug kingpin is using zombies to take over New York City. Proving that the first Helman novel wasn’t a one-off fluke, Lamberson (who’s also written the werewolf novel The Frenzy Way, 2010) serves up another helping of action, horror, and supernatural mayhem. As in Personal Demons, it’s Jake’s own journey that provides the story’s dramatic anchor—with all this otherworldly stuff going on, Jake’s efforts to save the life of a friend provide a nice counterpoint. Another fine novel from this increasingly interesting writer.
This review originally appeared in Booklist, August 2010.