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Hell In Heaven (The Dead Man #3)

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  171 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Third book in the series about Matt Cahill, a man who'd died, but didn't, now wandering the country looking for answers. He sees the evil in people that others don't, possibly infected by Mr. Dark, the entity that he alone sees, that takes great delight in taunting him.
Published 2011 by Adventures In Television, Inc.
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Heaven, Washington was not what Matt Cahill had expected when he'd turned his motorbike at the sign on the main highway, the perverse humor of a dead man going to Heaven striking him. It seemed out of time, a small town with a general store, a diner, and wood houses, the men all dressed in jeans, flannel shirts, and boots, some of the women as well, others in old style dresses. No tee shirts or athletic shoes.

The really odd thing was the banner strung across the street that read WELCOME HOME MAT
Giovanni Gelati
Hey, welcome to Thursday; we are one day removed from TGIF, can’t wait, seriously. I am looking forward to this weekend because I have another new release this week, G.S.I. Gelati’s Scoop Investigations, Psychotic Detectives, another in The Author’s Lab/Collaboration Series with Thomas White, author of Justice Rules. Really fun stuff, his style is just brilliant, but ‘nuff said on that, I will pop in a post on Monday morning for it. Today I am dropping in two posts, the first on this enjoyable s ...more
The main protagonist is on the road again and this time enters a town called Heaven where the residents are strange in a cult sort of way.. This is another step in his journey of realisation of his situation in search of Mr Dark. Was entertaining reading nothing highly new, plot thin at times.
Nathan Shumate
Matt the once-dead man stumbles into a little timelost town where a demon lords over two warring clans -- and by solving one problem, he manages to cause an even greater one.

To my mind, this is the least impressive of the first five installments. The plot twist halfway through makes absolutely no sense to anyone giving it even ten seconds of thought, and the portrayal of the warring clans as cliched yokels is almost inappropriately comical.

This installment also introduces a persistent problem wi
Tyson Adams

I'm not a fan of gambling. I once watched a friend of mine place $1000 worth of $1 bets on roulette in the space of half-an-hour before heading to the ATM to get more money to throw away. I'm pretty sure I could have found more fun things to do with that grand, and not all of them would have been immoral. Since I'm not a fan of gambling I'm not a fan of horse racing, a sport that exists merely in order to gamble. In spite of that, I feel the need to use ho
This is book #3 in the series and I loved it just as much as the first two. The main character, Matt Cahill, is finally fully realizing that he is dead and he's taking on the role of saving the world quite well. In fact, he glories in the power a little bit in this installment and the result of that is endearing and funny. I love this character because he never seems to realize quite how good he is, and watching him struggle in an effort to do the right thing makes for great entertainment. How t ...more
Peter over at The Man Eating Bookworm had a pretty good line to describe the third installment in The Dead Man series, and the wondering by readers of the second book as to where Matt Cahill's precious ax was: The ax is back!

If you haven't read the first two books in this series, you won't be totally lost reading Hell in Heaven, but there are aspects of the novella that can only be appreciated in you've been reading the series from the start. One such aspect is the lead character, Matt Cahill's
I won't dwell on this so just a couple of notes.

It seems to me that this may have been a couple of short story ideas thrown together in the most slapdash manner possible. It wavers between an "fish out of water" western and an ill conceived homage to Robert Howard's Conan stories.

Here we see Matt Cahill riding into town on a steel horse which he has presumably recently bought from Jon Bon Jovi. He's no gunslinger though, no, he's an axe wielding warrior instead bringing his own form of reluctant
Matt Cahill is a dead man. Literally. Months ago, he was killed in an avalanche while skiing with his girlfriend. Then, suddenly, while in the morgue having his autopsy done, he was mysteriously resurrected and now finds himself with the ability to see evil in people, in the form of rotting flesh, tumors, etc. Now, haunted and manipulated by the sinister and enigmatic being known only as Mr. Dark, who may or may not be responsible for his current condition, Matt travels the country searching fo ...more
The transient nature of Matt Cahill’s place setting is an emerging theme instilling an episodic-like feel to the Dead Man series. The third instalment lands Matt in a down devoid of modern community and ruled by the paranormal. Deviating from the initial two novellas, ‘Hell in Heaven’ is laden with uncharacteristic actions of the protagonist and misguided continuity plot threads – most notably Matt’s ability to see evil in the form of a persons rotting soul. While the mysterious Mr. Dark was all ...more
With this third installment, series creators Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin continue Matt Cahill's journey in search of the mysterious Mr Dark. Here, he finds himself in a small town that seems to be isolated from the rest of the world, under the malevolent influence of some oppressive force. Matt eliminates the source of the town's problems, but only unleashes more in the process. Can Cahill bring a violent, unending feud to an end before the whole town wipes itself out?

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Feb 10, 2012 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of dark suspense/thrillers and horror
Traveling across northern Washington state on a motorcycle, Matt decides to stop off for a bit in a small town called Heaven, where the people live simple lives with simple pleasures – there is no TV, to internet, no franchises or big-box stores, and the people wear simple, sturdy clothing that is built to last and easy to work in. He is befriended by a woman whose son is due to come home from the war, only she is worried – something about her son has seemed off in his letters home, and she asks ...more
Continuing the Dead Man Series, this is the goriest and initially, most traumatizingly horrific story so far for me. In fact I'd dare say it's may favorite of the first three stories. Of course, that's a limited pool but it's true. Since these have a more episodic, self contained narrative the overall mythology isn't touched upon and I'm fine with that. I enjoy the Matt Cahill adventures and his discovery of the hidden darkness/supernatural existence that lurks just off the road. The blending of ...more
After reading the 3rd book in this series, while I still like the main character of Matt Cahill, and his sparring with Mr. Dark, I still don't feel like I'm uncovering much new in this book. Also, I was a bit turned off by how dark, no pun intended, and graphic some areas of this book were. This was more than what you'd see on a showtime, well in most cases. I think Spartacus was a bit graphic in the way this 3rd book was at times. It all came down to a spin on the Hatfields and the McCoys, and ...more
This is an improvement over the first book in The Dead Man series, by the same writers, but a bit of a drop from the second, by James Daniels. The writers' background in television is really starting to show here, as this instalment is very much like an extremely gruesome supernatural episode of something like The Fugitive. This time Matt wanders into a small town called Heaven, which (predictably) does not live up to its name in any way. It's a bit silly and over-moralistic. Reckon I'll take a ...more
This book is really disappointing. I really like the series and the premise but this book, I'm not a fan of. The main thing that I didn't like about the book is the feuding families part. Just seemed very stale. Next, the town they lived in, was it there or not? Finally, now he can only see the evil in people when they are being evil, not when they are not actively being evil? This book just didn't have the same feel as the first two and I am hoping the fourth is better.
I wasn't sure how this book was staying with the theme of the series. Maybe I missed something, but there was no decaying bodies for Matt to see. The evil was not apparent to Matt. I'm not sure how Mr Dark fit into this book, either. The end left many unanswered questions, including Matt's role in the plot. What did Matt accomplish in Heaven? Why was he drawn to Heaven? How did this book fit into the series???
I honestly did not like this one as well as the previous two in the series; however, I am still very much willing to follow Matt into whatever adventures Mr. Dark leads him next time. Hoping the next book brings more of what the first two brought, including more of Mr. Dark!
The Dead Man series is something of a guilty pleasure for me. It's not trashy in a sexual way, but there is plenty of trash talk and gratuitous gore. It's mystery, suspense, horror, and comedy in a stupid, mindless, page turning pulp fiction. Fun.
Suspenseful in that I kept waiting for something to happen...and then the book was done. It was creepy but not nearly as good as the first two in the series. I'm looking forward to #4 and hoping it will be back on track.
Same review as Book 1... complete with creepy, evil, "lonely" (if you know what I mean) monster woman. Female? Not sure what she was to tell the truth.
Ming Siu
Didn't really work for me. Some logic issues, and the moralizing (weird, for a horror/gore book) was rather on-the-nose. Hope the next one returns to form.
Matt Cahill thinks he's found Heaven, but he totally hasn't. The third book in The Dead Man series doesn't disappoint.
A throwback to the 1970s, and not necessarily in a good way. I want to like this series much more than I actually do.
Rod DeBord
I like the concept.....Cahill is a very interesting character...but this story was just too strange.
Great series .. Not for the squeamish.
Aug 12, 2011 Debra marked it as to-read
Book 3 in Dead Man series.
Melody marked it as to-read
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New York Times Bestselling author Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee whose many TV writing and/or producing credits include "Martial Law," "SeaQuest," "Diagnosis Murder,""Hunter," "Spenser: For Hire," "Nero Wolfe," "Missing." "Monk" and "The Glades." He's also the author of the Fox & O'Hare series with Janet Evanovich (The Heist, The Chase, The Job), "The ...more
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