Monday, July 4, 2011

Working Stiff-Rachel Caine

Working Stiff
Rachel Caine
Roc, Aug 2 2011, $7.99
ISBN: 9780451464132

Bryn Davis learned two things about being in the army in Iraq for four years; first the military was not a career for her and second she handled corpses without her stomach betraying her. After leaving the service, she became a Funeral Director at the Fairview Mortuary. Her new “commander” Lincoln Fairview IV is a bit creepy but embalming a cadaver is imprinted in his DNA.

When she finds the corpse of a woman whose late father was the client, Bryn feels a bit unnerved. However, it is when she finds her boss and his prime henchman Freddy selling a unique pharmaceutical, she becomes more than unnerved; Freddy kills her. Investigator Patrick McCallister revives her with a special top secret drug. He hopes Bryn has insight into the source of the leak of the drug that keeps the dead alive for twenty-four hours at a time. To obtain future doses of Returné; Bryn acquiesces to work for McCallister.

The opening of Rachel Caine’s newest urban fantasy series is a terrific chemical Zombie thriller as the heroine learns what it means to truly be a Working Stiff with ultimate undying loyalty to one’s firm. Establishing rather quickly the realm of the Revivalist, fans will relish Bryn’s adventures in death and life as she and McCallister investigate the selling and misuse of a pirated drug returns the dead benefactor into a slave zombie.

Harriet Klausner

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