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In a future where death is a thing of the past, how far would you go to solve your own murder?

Paul Donner is a NYPD detective struggling with a drinking problem and a marriage on the rocks. Then he and his wife get dead--shot to death in a "random" crime. Fifty years later, Donner is back--revived courtesy of the Shift, a process whereby inanimate DNA is re-activated.

Paperback, First Edition, 320 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Night Shade Books (first published October 1st 2011)
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Sep 29, 2012 David rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Smarties, rebes, alcoholic police detectives
Argh, this book. It's so "Hollywood" and by that I mean it reads like a Hollywood script, like the author is full of Big!Ideas! and he can totally visualize Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson playing Paul Donner and Maggie.

It's got Big!Ideas! executed with the finesse of a mediocre comic book scriptwriter doing a bleh imitation of Raymond Chandler.

Oh, I shouldn't be so harsh. The premise is fairly entertaining. A New York City police detective named Paul Donner who stumbled into a hold-up at...more
The cover screamed at me from across the bookstore. It was a beautiful noir rendition, with gorgeous neon blues and pinks limning a dismal scene right out of a Raymond Chandler novel. No matter what anyone says, a book is judged by its cover. With such a fine cover, the story's bound to be great isn't it?

Fortunately, it was. So Paul Donner goes to buy a cigarette. Then wakes up in a New York that has changed beyond almost all recognition. The city has been contained under a dome, and the dead ar...more
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Necropolis had a couple of things going for it right away for me. One, it’s a Night Shade Books title (I loves me some Night Shade), and secondly, what a great cover! Noir, sci-fi, suspense, and horror? Yes please! When NYC cop Paul Donner and his wife Elise are gunned down in a bodega holdup, it seems it’s lights out for our hero. Not so fast! Fast forward 40 years later, post Shift (bioweapon? something else?), and Donne...more
This is one twisty tail. I had no idea where this was going. With multiple points of view it could get confusing at times. I was thrown for several loops, yet this only made me want to read more. I had to figure out what the heck was going on. Mr Dempsey has this way of dangling information just out of your reach making you read more, before letting you have it and dropping another piece just out of reaching. Giving you just enough to keep you guessing and reading.

Donnor is basically the main ch...more
Paul Donner, a New York police officer who was murdered in the early 21st century, finds himself brought back to life several decades later, in the wake of a viral attack that caused the “Shift.” Donner becomes part of the new underclass known as the “reborn”: reanimated corpses who gradually grow younger and who aren’t exactly appreciated by the living segment of New York’s population, trapped under the geodesic Blister that protects the rest of the world from the Shift virus. Lost in an unfami...more
Very interesting and unique story.. Some of the future words could've been defined better. The story was drawn out but had several good twists along the way. The end was sad but I felt that after all that happened it was well deserved. I don't read science fiction that much but this was very good. I recommend this to anyone looking for something different and unique.
This book was won from Goodreads first reads
First sentence: “Ten minutes before I died, I realized I was out of cigarettes.”

I’m not normally a huge fan of the science fiction/fantasy genre. I want to be, but I have so many preferences I’m too picky for most of them to satisfy me. Occasionally I’ll come across one that makes me happy and hits all my buttons. Such was the case with this book. I got this as an e-book when it was on sale and I thought it sounded pretty interesting, and it got bonus points for being a mystery as well. I’m real...more
Necropolis really struck my fancy this holiday season. I mean, just listen to the premise: a guy is brought back to life in a futuristic New York City to solve his own murder case. How cool is that? Well, throw that premise into a noir, Bogart-movie-esque atmosphere so thick you can practically feel and taste it, as if swimming through pea soup, and add a truly scary villainess—she’s frighteningly wealthy, powerful and brilliant and stashes razors up her sleeves, for Pete’s sake—and a pinch of t...more
Evan Scangas
Nov 29, 2011 Evan Scangas rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Evan by: Michael Dempsey
This was a well done book. I enjoy a good detective novel and this one fit the bill nicely. The mixture of future technology hidden inside retro objects was fairly well done but did seem to be a somewhat easy cheat for making things happen that would have been otherwise difficult. I did enjoy the whole reverse aging system as well as possibility that well known people could be alive again, though almost none are actually featured in the book. I'd pickup the next novel from Michael Dempsey to see...more
Necropolis by Michael Dempsey

The novel starts with a bang, literally.
Paul Donner, a 40ish NYC police detective is married to the love of his life, his beautiful wife Elise. Sounds like a typical cop drama until he and Elise are murdered – and this is in the prologue. Donner awakens in a New York City fifty years in the future. He has a sense of self, but his visage is unfamiliar to him and his hair is freaked. The beginning of his new life in Necropolis, a city which was New York is now teemin...more
Erik Borgmeyer
This book was really different from something I would normally read. I am not a Sci-Fi reader by nature but I won this on a Goodreads Giveaway and thought what the heck, sounds interesting. The plot is kind of hard to really understand until you get into the book a little ways. There was a few times that I was like... Erhmm.. What??? Once you get into the story though it starts to get good. It is a really interesting take on I guess you could say zombies. It's not a typical "zombie" story, it ta...more
Steven Kaminsky
A terrific book! Quality Sci-fi often addresses thorny issues that plague our society today without becoming preachy or pedantic, and quality detective novels keep the reader guessing till the last page, all while creating empathy for the characters in the book. Michael Dempsey does this with the best of them! I've read many lesser books that were considered best sellers.

Michael Dempsey has been compared to other writers,but such comparisons are unfair since his writing style & story line is...more
Taylor Preston
Cool mash up of cyberpunk and Chandleresque noir with a dash of urban fantasy. A virus hits NYC and the dead come back, not as reanimated corpses, but flesh-and-blood people who age backwards. The city is controlled by a powerful corporation, which may hold the key to stopping the virus. After a cop and his wife are killed during a robbery, he comes back but she doesn't. Thrown into a world of flying Studebakers, neo-20s fashion, gangsters with plasma Tommyguns, and holographic AI assistants, he...more
Mathieu Chénard
I love it! It's a great genres crossover. I got hooked at "plasma tommy guns"! Multiple times during my reading of the book, I wanted to quote new favourite lines I stumbld upon. The characters are interesting, the universe is interesting, the plot is interesting. I think I noticed a few typos o maybe, being french canadian, I just have a sucky english. The ending was satisfying but somewhat quick. Other than that, I can't recommend this book enough!
Colleen Clayton
This book has an incredible hook and the multiple perspectives lend for a twisty,'keep you on your toes' ride! Very eloquent and well-crafted prose as well. Plus lots of dark, clever humor.

Diesel-punk-sci-fi-detective-noir at its finest!

A delicious genre slushie!
Nocturne Reads
This book is an edge-of-your-seat, can't put it down, thrill ride through urban fantasy at its best.

Read more of the review on NRR's website
Eric Smith
A fantastic combination of noir detective story and scifi that was difficult to put down. Unique premise and the writing was solid and witty. Really glad I decided to pick this up.
John Finnegan
This is an awesome book. I do know the author, we went to The Ohio State University together, but the book itself is a great read, in a tricky genre. Absolutely recommend it.
Neal Litherland
One of the best examples of creative noir I've read in years. A real inspiration that's kept me up nights turning pages. Bravo Mr. Dempsey, Bravo!
Tom Rowe
Fun story. Dead people come back to life and age backwards. It's interesting to see how that plays out. I like it.
Delightful sci-fi noir. Lots of evocative turns of phrase, a fast-moving plot, and the occasional metaphysical tangent.
Mickey Hartman
I just loved this mash-up. Science fiction and old noir movies have always been two faves, and to see them combined in such a fun way was delightful. I've read a couple other "dieselpunk" and "retrofuturistic" works but found them dispirited. This author took every classic trope and threw them into a blender with obvious relish, and the result was both familiar and new. The visuals and world-building were great, the dialogue crackled with wit, and the action had some serious punch. Hearing that...more
Pretty good book though the ending made me sad.
Tim Knight
Good noir style sci-fi

I'm starting to feel like a fan boy with all these Night Shade titles, although surprisingly this is only my fifth review from them this year (well under 10%!). Of course, I'm already reading The Emperor's Knife byMazarkis Williams (Night Shade/Jo Fletcher Books)not mentioning the huge stack of their back catalog next to my bed. This shouldn't be surprising. In 2010 Night Shade changed their mission statement to provide a space for new voices and authors i...more
It's finally time for me to admit something, I am a book cover whore. There now that it's out in the open I feel better! I absolutely love a book with a good cover. I cannot resist seeing a cover from across the bookstore that just scream "Read me, look at this fantastic cover!" This book had one of those covers for me. You have the blues and purples with splashes of green peeking out at you from the darkness. And when you look closer, you realize the picture is not quite what it seems at first...more
Forty years in the future and in New York a bio-weapon was released, allowing the dead to come back to life. Not as traditional zombies, but as humans who are de-aging. They start at the age they were when they died and then they get younger – shocks, alcohol, smoking all contribute to literally take years off their life until they regress through childhood and disappear as a newborn. This is the world that Paul Donner returns to after he and his wife are murdered on a night out. Struggling to a...more
I realized I never added my $.02 in a review so here it goes.

Let me start out by saying I was allowed to be a part of this project. Michael had sent me the original electronic manuscript and I was hooked. Through months of reading and re-reading the book I was never bored of it. Every time I read it, the book showed me something new that I missed.

First off: It is fun to read. One thing many miss when they only read it once is the book changes tone half way through. It is subtle but it makes the...more
Feb 08, 2012 Alan rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Tough dames and smart guys, or maybe vice versa
Recommended to Alan by: A neat conceit
Talk about cold cases... in November 2012, NYPD detective Paul Donner and his lovely wife Elise got themselves shot while buying cigarettes in a Korean bodega (aren't bodegas usually Latino? Unless they're from a Fun Lovin' Criminals album... Hey, it's New York City—roll with it). The Donners' murder is an unsolved case... and pretty soon NYC has bigger things to worry about anyway.

Forty years later... Donner's come back from the dead, without his wife, in a bizarrely patchwork and retrograde Ne...more
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