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Atticus for the Undead (Hunter Gamble #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  142 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
The next chapter in the struggle for equal rights begins!

Hunter Gamble is an idealistic young attorney in a very special area of the practice: arcane defense. Funded by enigmatic billionaire Charles McClain and aided by shy-but-energetic research attorney Kirsten Harper, he's making the world a better place -- one vampire, zombie, or werewolf client at a time. After all, t
Kindle Edition, 201 pages
Published (first published November 6th 2011)
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Rick Gualtieri
May 19, 2012 Rick Gualtieri rated it really liked it
Atticus for the Undead reminded me a lot of M. Night Shyamalan's Signs. No, I don't mean the dopier aspects of the movie. It's because this is a small, personal tale set amidst a much larger backdrop, most of which we're only given hints about.

Abramowitz's story takes place in a world where supernatural beings (known as arcanes) have become known to the world. However, rather than waging war against humanity, they're just trying to fit in...not entirely unlike the beings from Alien Nation or Dis
Mar 28, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Supernaturals (Arcanes) have ‘come out’ and the whole world is concerned. There has to be some control, but with an outdated legal system that doesn’t cover zombies and vampires, the politicians are under pressure to make changes. Sam Pollard, a zombie, has been arrested for murder, he seeks the help of the Hunter Gamble a lawyer who defends only Arcanes, but with emotions running high in both humans and Arcanes this is not a good time to be on trail especially as the prosecutor is running for ...more
Kristen Romanelli
Feb 16, 2012 Kristen Romanelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atticus for the Undead is the story of Hunter Gamble, an "arcane" defense attorney, and his associates. In their world, the Unveiling has revealed a culture of supernatural citizens — vampires, mages, werewolves, zombies — that coexists with "normal" society. Since the Unveiling, the arcanes (the preferred nomenclature) have faced hate crimes, bullying, segregation, and open persecution. McClain & Gamble is the only law firm in Austin that will defend arcane citizens in this new era. Courts ...more
Feb 13, 2012 Abigail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this on a Sunday evening figuring I at least could get a taste of what it was about. Wondering if I was going to be mildly interested and have to force myself to read through it. (Yes I know that sounds awful but when it comes reading because you promise to read it almost is like reading for school. I can read The Decameron over and over again when I want to but make me read it in class? I struggle through each of the 100 day tales). But I had promised John so I clicked on the Kindle a ...more
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This is one of those books that I get a request to read and review, and then get totally bummed out that I have to wait to read it until it comes up on my list for review. So I have basically been sitting on this book for months, seeing it on my kindle every time I go to read another book, and trying desperately to resist the urge to take a little sneak peak. There are a lot of things I like about this book, I like th
Feb 29, 2012 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I was a little dubious when I received a tweet from someone asking me to review their book.

“Who is this person?’ I thought, having never even spoken to him before and at that point, was not even following him (in a twitter sense, not in a stalking sense).

But on checking out John Abramowitz’s bio, I quickly saw he was a writer like me and I thought “maybe I should give this some credence, after all, maybe one day I will also asking for reviews and needing people’s support in the s
Michelle Book Briefs
Atticus for the undead is a totally different book than I am used to reading, so I didn't really know what to expect out of it. I was intrigued because I wanted to see how the paranormal elements would blend with the law elements. The result was pretty cool! I thought it was really interesting to read about legal concepts and things that I'm learning in school, and it still has zombies and witches and other cool creatures. (I wouldn't dare call them supernaturals after reading the book) Sign me ...more
Frederick Brooke
This novel grabbed me by the originality of its premise. There are now zombies living among us, they are the victims of discrimination and hate crimes, and there are lawyers who specialize in defending them when they happen to be accused of a crime. Wow! That's original.

Sam is accused of murder, and the zombie-specialist lawyer Hunter Gamble, together with his crack team including assistant Kirsten and assisstant-to-the-assistant Sabrina have to launch a Perry Mason-stayle courtroom defense. Or
This review originally appeared here at Easy Reading and Damn Hard Writing.

Hunter Gamble is not your typical attorney. He doesn’t wear a suit, cares more about the opinion of his research assistant than the opinion of his successful father, and specializes in a very obscure branch of law—arcane defense. His stance is a humanitarian one: why should we fail to provide adequate legal representation for folks like Sam Pollard?

There’s the small matter of Sam being a zombie, but Hunter’s pretty sure t
Jun 23, 2012 Rjsmommy rated it really liked it
The beginning was kind of slow to get into to but by the time Sabrina (the unsuspecting witch) went through her "Change" and Sam (The good-hearted zombie)was arrested, the book really did hold my attention. I loved all the main characters and their relationships just worked well. The whole idea of "arcanes' rights" in society and prejudice against them was interesting. And I have to commend the author for that totally unexpected ending(s). I mean Sam and Kirsten are all ready to kiss and become ...more
t.o. Aster
Jan 20, 2012 t.o. Aster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atticus for the Undead is a story about the way our legal system and society treat minorities, using a fictional class of minorities (zombies, mages, vampires) to illustrate the author's point (see X-men). What is new about this story, and what makes it an engaging read, is Abramowitz's invention of a detailed legal world in which the story takes place. In the 10 years since arcanes were unveiled some new laws have been made and some precedents have been set by previous cases but many of the ...more
An extremely good legal thriller...about "arcane" creatures and the discrimination they face! The legal points are solid and well-explained, the plot moves along swiftly and tightly, and the characters, while showing a little bit of trope-cipher syndrome, are still engaging. The prose can be a little awkward at times - there's a lot of people hugging and then "releasing" and other slightly stilted phrases - but for the most part, it's smooth and engaging, even when dealing with complex legal ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Dee rated it it was ok
It wasn't that this book was atrociously written. It just was rather boring and I felt it ended in a way that was unsatisfactory. Perhaps the author is planning to do a sequel? I really couldn't get very interested in the characters, although I did try and I did stick with it to the end.
Apr 09, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of horror, urban fantasy and/or legal thrillers
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy/Horror/Legal Thriller
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of horror and legal fiction and urban fantasy
Trigger Warnings: violent death

My Thoughts: I've had this book for over a year. Recently I was approached by a friend who runs blog tours to ask if I'd consider reviewing the 2nd book in this series, Identity Theft from an ARC copy. Since I already had this and another book by this author, and they sounded like the sort of thing I'd enjoy, I agreed. So, here
Miranda Wheeler
Nov 20, 2011 Miranda Wheeler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This isn't my typical "type" of book. I don't usually read much outside of YA, unless it is some acclaimed literary fiction. Or, in this case, the work of an author I have previously read and reviewed. Despite my hesitation to read something so different, I was intrigued by the unique premise, and eventually, impressed with what I had read.

With that said, there's a few things that really struck me about this book. This is a tightley woven mystery that isn't a "mystery". I flew through each page,
A Book Vacation
Apr 08, 2013 A Book Vacation rated it liked it
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This was a very interesting novel idea that takes a hypothetical look at the justice system and what might happen should an unveiling ever take place (aka. the fabled zombies, werewolves, vampires, witches, and the like admit their existence and turn out to be more than a figment of our imaginations). In a world where the human is at the top of the world, Abramowitz brings forth our imagined adversaries and creates a world in which th
Eoghann Irving
May 27, 2012 Eoghann Irving rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
As I read books I am often already writing the reviews in my head. That was certainly the case here and most of what I had to say remains true. But it's never a good idea to judge a book before you've got to the end.

This book is an easy read and certainly a different angle on the popular Urban Fantasy sub-genre. The early chapters give us a setup that should remind people of many tv law shows. Which isn't a bad thing, because they're often popular for a reason.

Characters are quickly sketched in
Zichao Deng
Aug 09, 2013 Zichao Deng rated it really liked it
In theory, Atticus for the Undead is an urban fantasy novel... but it's also a legal thriller, a civil rights parable and so many other things. The story follows Hunter Gamble, a lawyer in an alternate present in which "arcanes" (zombies, werewolves etc.) coexist - successfully and unsuccessfully - with humans.

On the surface, it's a fast-paced courtroom drama about a defence team doing its best to get a zombie acquitted for murder. Sam Pollard (the zombie in question) was heard arguing with his
Masquerade Crew
Sep 21, 2013 Masquerade Crew rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy, urban


In theory, Atticus for the Undead is an urban fantasy novel... but it's also a legal thriller, a civil rights parable and so many other things. The story follows Hunter Gamble, a lawyer in an alternate present in which "arcanes" (zombies, werewolves etc.) coexist - successfully and unsuccessfully - with humans.

On the surface, it's a fast-paced courtroom drama about a defence team doing its best to get a zombie acquitted for murder. Sam Pollard (the zombie in question) wa
Kristen Jett
Feb 01, 2013 Kristen Jett rated it really liked it
I'll admit - I'm a sucker for a good paranormal novel....and for zombie novels. I don't remember when I bought this, but I happened to meet the author on Twitter and felt a little ashamed that I hadn't read the book yet. So, I hesitantly began the book - and was pleasantly surprised.

This was a fun read. The story is very character based - which is good for me. If I can't relate to the characters, I can't enjoy the book. That said, I didn't relate to the main character (Hunter) as much as I did
Brenda Franklin
Mar 01, 2013 Brenda Franklin rated it really liked it
Don’t be thrown off by the word ‘legal’. Yes, it is a legal thriller, but no, it’s not hard to follow. The writer gives you all the information and more that you will need for following the book. And you really could easily push this into a few other categories. It’s full of humor, magic, and drama.

Atticus for the Dead starts off in the real world after, what is called, ‘the unveiling’ has happened and all manner of beings (vampires, zombies, and such) have stepped out into the light. Mankind is
Donna Brown
Feb 08, 2013 Donna Brown rated it really liked it
Everybody needs somebody to stand up for them. Even Zombies! Hunter braves the disdain of his peers and the disapproval of his father in order to represent the right of the arcanes – zombies, vampires and werewolves – in a world that doesn’t believe they’re entitled to any. When Sam is accused of murdering a former female friend when in the grip if the Hunger, he calls on Hunter to defend him.

On its surface, Atticus for the Undead is a light-hearted and fun read, with a very unique approach to c
May 07, 2012 Jenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, paranormal
When I was asked to read and review this book, I honestly didn't know what to expect. What I got was a great read, clever writing, smart characterization, and a book that I will likely reread. From having a teenage witch named Sabrina and tweaking/twisting notions we have of supernatural creatures, there are actually things in this book that are relevant to the politically charged issues of the past and present.

I admit to being hesitant to reading the courtroom scenes, as even visually they can
Chryse Wymer
Aug 16, 2012 Chryse Wymer rated it really liked it

While this story is a slow-starter, particularly for the thriller genre, it definitely kept me entertained. It begins with a case regarding a witch. Hunter Gamble is an arcane defense lawyer in a world where witches, vampires, zombies, and werewolves have been "unveiled." But it's not so out-there that you feel like you don't understand what's going on. I don't want to ruin it with too many details of the story; I'll just say that Gamble eventually takes on a big murder case involving
May 21, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
I normally don't read a lot of zombie stories, but on occasion I find that looks a little different from the rest so I'm willing to give it a whirl. This is one of those books.

Atticus for the Undead is actually a great book. I like that the author didn't write the plot of a B movie, which is usually what I think of when I hear the word "zombie." The story in present day, but what makes this book different is that in this world, zombies, vampires, and mages are "out" and a part of society. Thoug
Nov 16, 2013 Christy rated it really liked it
I liked all aspects of this book: the paranormal aspect, the legal thriller aspect, and the thoughts of equal rights. The courtroom scenes in the book were great, exciting reading.

My only complaint is how lightly the author skimmed over the relationship between Hunter and Kirsten. It was too brief, and what should have been a bit more of an emotional conversation between the two was just missing. This is probably the "girl" in me; you know how we like to delve into feelings.

Finally, I am a fan o
As a reader I'm very choosy when it comes to "Fantasy" but this one caught my eye. It has a good story, and the characters, plot are okay...

Hunter an "Arcane" (Supernatural)defense lawyer who enjoyed reading the book titled "To Kill a Mockingbird" was trying to help the defenseless undead. Together with his secretary Kirsten Harper the legal pursuer of research whom the judged had remarked that the quality of Hunter's briefs and memos had increased exponentially since she was hired was definitel
Oct 10, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Twelve years after supernatural creatures like vampires, zombies, and werewolves came out of the closet, humans are still having trouble dealing with their supernatural neighbors. That’s where Hunter Gamble comes in. As the only attorney specializing in arcane defense in Austin, he has plenty of business, and plenty of trouble from anti-supernatural bigots. When a nice young zombie is accused of eating his ex-girlfriend’s brains, Gamble finds himself in the middle of a political firestorm. ...more
Jan 01, 2014 Liadra rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Clever and funny, always a good combination in a book. If you thought you'd read all the twists and turns there could be on the undead, you'd be wrong. Without giving away the finer points of the plot, what happens when a lawyer decides to dedicate his practice to defending the arcane? Who do you go to if you're a Zombie accused of murder? Why, Hunter Gamble, of course! A fun, quick read that leaves you looking for the next book.. (quick spoiler.. halfway through the second one. I like it even ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Matt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
Atticus for the Undead was a pretty fun novel to read and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I didn't know exactly what to expect going into the novel, but was pleasantly surprised at how much i ended up liking it. The characters were pretty fun to read about and the mixing of the supernatural elements and placing them in an every day life situation was entertaining.

I definitely wouldn't mind reading more about Hunter Gamble in the future.
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