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3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  269 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
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 it was ok  ·  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
Feb 06, 2012 zxvasdf rated it it was amazing
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
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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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
Michael Prelee
Oct 05, 2014 Michael Prelee rated it really liked it
Very decent book with an original premise and great execution. As someone who loves Raymond Chandler and sci-fi, I felt this book had great promise and Michael Dempsey delivered.
Lydia Aswolf
Aug 11, 2014 Lydia Aswolf rated it it was amazing
Paul Donner used to be a world weary detective. Now he’s dead.

Until he isn’t.

Donner awakens to a world he no longer recognizes. Soon he learns that he’s one of the reborn, scorned, mocked, and sometimes ushered into their second, final death just because by random chance, their DNA was revived and their bodies restored after a retroviral attack in New York.

No one trusts reborns. No one wants them around.They are a blight on humanity, freak shows lumbering around with their gold flecked eyes and
Jul 21, 2014 Dorie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 22, 2011 Stefan rated it really liked it
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
Mickey Hartman
Dec 27, 2013 Mickey Hartman rated it it was amazing
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
Taylor Preston
Feb 20, 2012 Taylor Preston rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 10, 2012 Mathieu Chénard rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 02, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it
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
Colleen Clayton
Jan 27, 2012 Colleen Clayton rated it it was amazing
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!
Jared Stanley
Feb 05, 2014 Jared Stanley rated it really liked it
a little disjointed at times, but a lot of fun.
Nov 16, 2015 AdriAnne rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
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 really liked it
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
Mar 23, 2012 Mmmjay rated it it was amazing
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
Erik Borgmeyer
Dec 13, 2011 Erik Borgmeyer rated it really liked it
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
Oct 20, 2011 Steven Kaminsky rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 23, 2015 Tabs rated it really liked it
This story had everything and the kitchen sink in it and ended up a marvelous feat of architecture as opposed to a jumbled up mess in the hands of a lot of other authors.

What I am saying is it has everything in it and it was a good read. You wanted to know where the story was going but know in the back of your mind exactly what would happen while thinking no way would he go there and he does.

I mean, there are no vampires, but if there were, they would fit perfectly in the story.

Great book, to
Jan 02, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it
This novel is about a man who wakes up in a strange, neo-futuristic world, after his murder.

Paul Donner is an NYPD detective who is out for the evening with his wife. They walk in on a bodega robbery, and are killed. He wakes up, forty years later, due to something called the Shift. Said to be the side effect of a retroviral attack, it re-animates the DNA of dead people, causing them to come to life. No, they don't turn into zombies, but they do age younger (an adult becomes a teenager, who beco
Kitty Lusby
Jun 30, 2015 Kitty Lusby rated it liked it
This could have, and should have, been a five star book. Perhaps if Dempsey or the publisher had hired a professional editor, it would have realized its full potential.

First of all, the story is phenomenal. To have a near-future world that is not quite post apocalyptic, but still with the elements of dystopia, is a difficult to achieve balance, and Dempsey walks that line beautifully. It's also incredibly original to build a world where the dead return to life WITHOUT it being a zombie book. The
Apr 13, 2016 Fiannawolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Detective Noir meets Cyberpunk. Me likey.
Lenore (Biblliolatry Me!)
Nov 17, 2011 Lenore (Biblliolatry Me!) rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 17, 2013 Eric Smith rated it really liked it
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
Apr 17, 2012 John Finnegan rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 20, 2012 Neal Litherland rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 31, 2012 Tom Rowe rated it really liked it
Fun story. Dead people come back to life and age backwards. It's interesting to see how that plays out. I like it.
Feb 19, 2013 Ian rated it really liked it
Delightful sci-fi noir. Lots of evocative turns of phrase, a fast-moving plot, and the occasional metaphysical tangent.
Apr 03, 2012 Richard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction, scifi
Pretty good book though the ending made me sad.
Tim Knight
Jan 30, 2013 Tim Knight rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Good noir style sci-fi
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