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Dead Mann Walking (Hessius Mann #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  221 ratings  ·  62 reviews
After Hessius Mann was convicted of his wife's murder, suppressed evidence came to light and the verdict was overturned-too bad he was already executed. But thanks to the miracles of modern science Hessius was brought back to life. Sort of.

Now that he's joined the ranks of Fort Hammer's pulse-challenged population, Hessius attempts to make a "living" as a private investiga
Paperback, 1st Edition, 352 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Roc
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4 Stars

I am excited to give you my very first "First-Reads" review:

This book is a great twist on the private eye genre. Here we have Hessius Mann, our protagonist, a former police detective that is now a private eye. Former, you see, as Mann was apparently convicted wrongly, sentenced to death, killed...then brought back due to the defense finding conflicting evidence contradicting his death sentence. Presently, Mann is scraping by (literally) as a private investigator, thanks to the remarkable
All Things Urban Fantasy
The word "noir" doesn't even begin to capture the dark, gritty world of DEAD MANN WALKING. Hessius Mann is an undead Humphrey Bogart, battered and flawed and wry, and his relationships with the other lost souls in Fort Hammer are poignant moments in this mix of mystery and undeath.

Petrucha's zombies, called "chakz" (mangled Spanish for “jerky”, as their bodies dry out), come back to life with lowered IQ’s, memory loss, and bodies that cannot heal beyond what Krazy Glue and stitches can hold toge

Hessius Mann used to be a police detective, with a photographic memory, and anger issues. Now, he's simply a private detective with some memory issues to go along with his rotting skin. Dead Mann Walking is the first book in the Hessius Mann urban fantasy series by Stefan Petrucha, it was quite a cool novel.

A new technology was developed that enabled bringing back people from the dead, essentially making them zombies. Hessius Mann is one of these zombie
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Dead Mann Walking is zombies,but with a twist. These zombies aren’t mindless shamblers,instead they are sentient beings. They’re also not the risen dead come to life as a result of some sort of virus or spell. Using good ol’ American ingenuity,a solution to the rapid rise of innocent death penalty victims was born,and upon exoneration,were brought back from the dead. The process soon became somewhat of a fad,with families
I got a copy of this though goodreads first reads.

Overall, I was kind of disappointed. I didn't really dislike the book, but I didn't like it either. I didn't like any of the characters, and just when I thought there might be an inkling of caring about a character developing, that character was killed off. If you like cynical detective stories--or are really, really into zombies--you'll probably like this book. I just found it too stark for my taste. Primarily, it didn't make me care about anyt
Qwill / The Qwillery
My description and thoughts:

Dead Mann Walking is the first in the Hessius Mann series by Stefan Petrucha.

Hessius Mann is a zombie (chak), but not the shuffling zombie of the Romero movies. Hessius is a sentient high functioning chak. He's one of the lucky ones having been brought back to 'life' before he had deteriorated much. His reanimation was sanctioned by the government because of his wrongful conviction for his wife's murder. In addition to those reanimated due to a miscarriage of justice,
Jan 28, 2012 Gary rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes their urban fantasy on the dark side
Recommended to Gary by: Beth Dawkins
Dead Mann Walking is an urban fantasy that manages to break free from the pack of most of the other urban fantasies I've read. Most of those others involve sexy vampires, sexy werewolves, wizards, or other...well, romantic figures. Ghosts. Fairies. Elves. That kind of thing.

Hessius Mann is a zombie. But they don't call them that. They call them chakz, after the Spanish word for "jerky," or "dried meat."

Mann, who was a policeman in life, was accused of murdering his wife (for good reason), and fo
Beth Dawkins
Hessius Mann is an undead PI. He was accused of his wife’s murder and killed. In this world when someone dies they can be brought back, so when evidence turned up that he was no killer he was brought back. He is hired to track down an undead man with a similar back ground. Soon there are reports of hacked up bodies, and Mann feels as if he has some kind of connection to them.

I like zombie stories, but this isn’t one. Mann is undead, but not a zombie. They call them chakz. Chakz can go feral, and
Ren Thompson
Hessius Mann, wrongfully executed for the murder of his wife, is brought back to “life” by way of a new scientific procedure known as “Ripping”. When this procedure became accessible to the general public, people started bringing back their relatives like crazy, unaware of the downside to this great plan. The Auntie Lulu that came back from the dead is not the Auntie Lulu that they remembered. The people that were brought back were more or less zombies now or the politically correct term “Chakz. ...more
Bailey Meeker
I got this book through a goodreads giveaway.

This book is seriously good urban fantasy. Think Jim Butcher, but with a man whose only power is that he's dead. Unlike the typical urban fantasy detective, he's forgetful, kind of thick, and far from a lady magnet. He tends to shamble from place to place, and can't use a powerful weapon in case it dislodges his arm. But he uses his experience as a police detective to help other "chakz" (zombies) that the government ignores.

The main character, Mann,
This is not the type of book I would normally read. I'm not a huge fan of detective stories. I do have a fondness for zombies, however, and that is why I entered the giveaway. Who knew that I would end up becoming a fan of both the book and the genre.

The hero of the book, Hessius Mann, is a zombie detective. Not a detective for zombies (although he is that too)- he is an actual zombie who also happens to be a detective. The zombies in this novel are not your average walking dead like the ones I
I thoroughly enjoyed this as my first first-reads experience. The story of Hessius Mann, private detective who also happens to be a zombie, was funny, engaging, and left me looking forward to another book in this series.

Seeing as we are currently inundated with vampire books, movies, and t.v. shows it was nice to read something a little different. It also helped that it was well written and I found myself rooting for Hessius to solve the mystery and keep his sanity intact. I would definitely re
Paranormal Haven
Hessius Mann is an undead PI. He was accused of his wife’s murder and killed. In this world when someone dies they can be brought back, so when evidence turned up that he was no killer he was brought back. He is hired to track down an undead man with a similar back ground. Soon there are reports of hacked up bodies, and Mann feels as if he has some kind of connection to them.

I like zombie stories, but this isn’t one. Mann is undead, but not a zombie. They call them chakz. Chakz can go feral, and
Livebloods call us chakz-a mangled version of charqui, or, en ingles, jerky-dried meat. If we're still oozing, whch is pretty rare, they call us gleets or juicers. Then there are danglers, but I'll leave that definition to the imagination.~Hessius Mann

It's like the holidays came early this year and every couple of weeks I am lucky enough to read a really fabulous book, one that I would easily recommend to every person that I know. Dead Mann Walking is exactly that kind of book, full of action an
The Reading List (Megan)
I was easily swept away into this zombie novel because it is a completely different take on the urban fantasy genre.

Petrucha has done his research on zombies, even going so far as to creating different levels of cognitive awareness which varies from zombie to zombie. Fortunately for Hess he came back "highly functioning" which means he is much more intelligent than some of the other types of chaks. But all chaks, even the higher functioning ones, have a hard time remembering things. Hess often r
Brian Blocker
Hessius Mann is a zombie private detective. You read that right. Now, does that mean he investigates zombies, or is he a zombie that investigates live bloods? Yes and yes. Brought back from the dead by the judicial system to correct executions based on wrongful convictions, Hessius Mann is one of the ‘lucky ones’. Now he exists in a plane between the living and the dead, a gray area that society barely recognizes as relevant. Mann would fight to clear his name and find his wife’s real killer, if ...more
Equal parts Raymond Chandler, George Romero and Laurel K. Hamilton -- but original enough to be called its own beast. Yes, this is a zombie novel written with braaaiiinnssss, and also quite a bit of pathos. Hessius Mann is a great character, and his narration gives us a book crackling with snapping zombie bones and witty noir humor.

I have to say, I really feel for the zombies in this universe, who are the recently dead resurrected by science gone wrong and lacking a key piece of their personali
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This book was a total surprise for me. I was a bit hesitant to pick it up but I figured I'd at least give it a try. I'm not a big zombie fan, some zombie books are okay and I've read a few that I ended up loving, but I'm still a bit wary of them. Luckily I'm open minded enough to at least try things because I would have missed out on a great story if I hadn't bothered! I ended up liking this one a lot!

This book doesn't hav
I thought this was interesting enough...for a zombie story. It seems as if for a few years now I've heard of way too many books and movies with zombies. I usually steer clear of it all because after a while, it does become repetitive right? I've already read a book with a zombie detective and it was very colorful but I think I enjoyed reading this one more for some reason. I felt like I was watching an old black and white crime movie sometimes and if not for the mentions of modern technology, it ...more
The word "noir" doesn't even begin to capture the dark, gritty world of DEAD MANN WALKING. Petrucha's zombies (called "chakz", a mangled version of the Spanish word for "jerky" because they dry out) deal with not just the decline of their flesh but with memory loss, their tissues drying out, and roving bands of "livebloods" coming to hack them to pieces for weekend sport. It's a novel twist to hide in the dark with zombies, afraid of the living coming to kill them, but Petrucha isn't just playin ...more
Kerry Allen
Quit on page 133.

1. I've decided I don't like zombies as protagonists. They're gross. They're too fragile to be effective. They're supposed to be dead, so I just can't sympathize with their survival goals.

2. The premise that a "signature" pattern on a pair of clippers would leave an identifiable impression on a shear injury doesn't work.

3. "It" requires an antecedent. I had to spend way too much time figuring out what "it" was on way too many occasions. One of those cases of "Did an editor ev
Hessius Mann is a detective. He used to be a cop, back before his wife died. Before he was arrested and convicted of her murder. Then he was dead. Executed for her murder. Too bad he was innocent.

Then the scientists came up with this new treatment thing that brought the dead back to life. Well, make that half life. Hessius Mann is also a zombie.

Totally different look at the whole zombie thing, and I really enjoyed this book. It looks like there are more to come, and I will read those too.
Zombie fiction is pretty much my last choice for something to read, but Petrucha earns the “most creative and original storyline I’ve read in a long time” award hands down. Loved this book. And it had so many twists and turns--I never saw the bad guy coming. This would be a great “crossover” book for fans of hardboiled detective novels that want to try something new, or for zombie fans looking for a dash of reality.
The theme of this book is people aren't always who they say they are. I really liked this book because it starts off pretty good and it doesn't have the usual mystery story plot. This book actually seemed like The Walking Dead with nice zombies that don't try to kill you. The language the author uses isn't confusing in any way, and it's just a really good book. The backstory of the book is really what hooked me into it. A company brings dead people back to life, but they look and act like zombie ...more
I don't normally read these kinds of books but I'm glad I did. A must read for anyone!
Feb 29, 2012 Cheryl marked it as to-read
Zombie saga. I want it. I need it.
Jami Zehr
Dead Mann Walking is the story of Hessius Mann a zombie detective. That is, he’s a zombie who used to be a cop and is now a detective for zombies and anyone else who will pay. At some point in the not too distant future, a way to eternal life emerges, a miracle, people can be brought back to life. Wrongful convictions don’t mean permanent death and those wrongly killed at the hands of the State are brought back to life, including Mann who was exonerated after being wrongfully convicted of his wi ...more
This is a true noir tale, only it happens to include zombies.

Mann is the name of the detective and ever since he found out his wife was having an affair with his boss, his existence has been a major disappointment to him. First, his wife is murdered, then he's arrested and convicted for it, then he gets brought back to a pseudo-life as a zombie. And zombies in this world have few rights and are nearly everyone's favorite punching bag.

Then along comes a guy with seemingly more money than brains
Dead Mann Walking is the first book in the Hessius Mann series by Stefan Petrucha and an Urban Fantasy from ROC.

Book Blurb:

The name is, or maybe I should say was, Hessius Mann. I’m dead. After I was executed for my wife’s murder, suppressed evidence came to light, and the verdict was overturned. Lucky me - I was brought back to life, thanks to the miracles of modern science. Not that anyone believes I’m innocent. Hell, even I don’t, seeing as I can’t remember.

Livebloods would rather we zombies b
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A zombie horror mystery that makes you think what it would be like to truly not be able to die.

Opening Sentence: Sixteen pieces. That’s how many chunks the newslady said Colin Wilson was cut into.

The Review:

Hessius Mann is a chak, a re-animated corpse. A cop before he was sentenced to death, he now spends his time as a private investigator. Hessius is hired by a lawyer to find a missing chak, at the same time the news is reporting zombies be
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Stefan Petrucha (born January 27, 1959) is an American writer for adults and young adults. He has written graphic novels in the The X-Files and Nancy Drew series, as well as science fiction and horror.
Born in the Bronx, he has spent time in the big city and the suburbs, and now lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, fellow writer Sarah Kinney, and their daughters. At times he has been a tec
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