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Necropolis (Matt Richter #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,325 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
From author Tim Waggoner comes a brand-new novel featuring a home for all of those creatures that go bump in the night…

Centuries ago, when the Earth’s Darkfolk—vampires, werewolves, witches and other creatures—were threatened by humanity, they departed our planet’s dimension and journeyed to a shadowy realm, where they built the great city of Necropolis.

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Hardcover, 1st Edition, 247 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Five Star
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Apr 07, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I was skeptical about this book from the moment I laid eyes on it. I was conflicted because I really enjoy Urban Fantasy, but I really hate bad Urban Fantasy. A lot of Urban Fantasy really isn't Urban Fantasy at all, but Paranormal Romance disguised at Urban Fantasy for marketing purposes. It’s not that I dislike all Paranormal Romance; I just really dislike a story that uses the supernatural as a plot device to get people reading about faux romance that’s really just questionable bow c
⊱ Irena ⊰
I can understand why some wouldn't like this book. There are quite a few things to justify it. But it is so weird that I liked it.
The world's origin:

"Over three hundred years ago, the Darkfolk, rather than deal with an increasingly populous, aggressive, and technologically advanced mankind, decided to leave Earth. Led by Father Dis and the five lesser Lords, they travelled to a distant dark dimension where Nekropolis was born. This leave-taking, which the Darkfolk call the Descension, is Ne

Carolyn  Storer
I have wanted to read this book since August last year when I bought it because of the awesome cover. But as we all know, we shouldn't judge a book by its cover (although we all do) but we hope that the story is as good as it's visual counterpart. Unfortunately this wasn't the case with Nekropolis.

I'm so disappointed to say that Nekropolis didn't live up to it's awesome cover or premise. I expected a hard-boiled detective with an intriguing mystery to solve. Instead It was a very light, very lon
Oct 08, 2010 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“This place has always been ruled by the vampire lords. Now they are plotting to destroy the city. Over my dead body”.

For the second entry in Zombie Appreciation Month we move away from the end of the world toward a detective novel with a twist. I’m sure you can guess the nature of the twist? Nekropolis: The Matt Richter Series, Book I by Tim Waggoner is the first outing for the zombie detective.

Hundreds of years ago, Father Dis and the five lesser Dark Lords brought all of the Darkfolk together
Mark Nunn
Jan 13, 2011 Mark Nunn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
was a little surprised to see that readerson WeRead had only given this book 2 stars, not because it's a wonderful piece of literature ( I don't think you'd see this on the shortlist for the man booker prize) but because by reading the back it's very easy to tell if it's the kind of book you'd enjoy.

File Under:
*Zombie Detective
*Undead City
*Crime Overlord
*Sexy Vampires

If you read this and don't enjoy it you don't really have anyone to blame but yourself.

On GoodReads it's got a higher rating so o
I wasn't sure if I'd really enjoy this series, but I picked up the book and devoured it in a matter of hours without even getting distracted, so, you know. I even read two of the short stories that slot into the series.

That said, I'm not so wildly enthusiastic about it that I want everyone to read it right away or anything: it was an easy read, enjoyable for that, and I liked the world of Nekropolis, but... There's not much substance there, really, somehow. I don't know how to make that make se
Hunter Shea
Aug 19, 2015 Hunter Shea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love monsters and adventure, look no further! Who knew a tale of a wisecracking zombie private eye could be so damn funny and creepy and just plain fun? This is the first in a series that I will be devouring.
Jul 01, 2011 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Maybe it's because as a kid I spent my Saturday nights watching Stacy Keach play Mike Hammer on CBS, but I love private detectives. They're my favorite form of literary heroes. They dish out and endure all sorts of punishment in their quest for the truth. The cover for Tim Waggoner's novel "Nekropolis" hinted that readers would meet a private eye capable of enduring a lot of punishment. That's because he was a zombie, but unlike your typical zombie he had his full cognitive capablities and didn'
Jul 18, 2013 Yaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! A different take on the supernatural P.I, with a bit of romance thrown in to add a little spice. I found it a refreshing and original read and liked how the relationship between the lead characters developed, the way the protagonist adapted to unusual circumstances he found himself in, and still made a life for himself. A brilliant read as a stand alone, but I'm looking forward to more books in this series.
Nov 17, 2014 Susu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a hard book for me to rate. On one hand I did enjoy the story. That being said my normal rating would be 5 stars. On the other hand, a few chapters in I felt like Simon R. Green's Nightside
and Kevin J. Anderson's Dan Shamble Zombie P.I. had a baby, and somehow some Dresden files bled in too for good measure. Yes, I know two series came before this and one after but I couldn't help but compare all the similarities. So for lack of originality I would have gone with 2 stars.
I'm compromisin
3 1/2 stars

Pulp, hard-boiled detective, horror genre wrapped up in one, not-always-so-neatly written yet entertaining novel.

This has the flavor of many of the older pulp novels put out in the 1950's which featured a hard-boiled detective getting mixed up with a femme fatale who would drag him to hell and back before the case is solved. These novels tended to have some awkward writing, as did this one, (maybe done on purpose in this case?). The characters in this novel were likable in spite of a
The first Matt Richter's -- zombie private investigator at Nekropolis, an otherworldly city, populated with the Darkfolks -- is quite enjoyable. Matt is the only zombie without a master, he's was a cop back on Earth, when he was alive. Nowadays, in Nekropolis, he does favors from time to time. When Davona Kanti, a half-Bloodborn's daughter of Lord Glam (one of the five Lords that rule five regions of Nekropolis) asks for his help to get back a missing Collection, called the Dawnstone, Matt figur ...more
Feb 01, 2011 Rea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This truly is an original story. It was very well executed with the dark humour and the horror mingling perfectly. I have only two gripes with the story:

1. It needed better editing. In some places there are often sentences where a word is missing or it is repeated twice and there are some fairly obvious spelling errors. Example: something is named the 'Plain' and a few lines later it is referred to as the 'Plan'.

2. Too much exposition from the antagonists. Some of them, the ones that are clearly
Jul 26, 2011 Tarl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I found this book purely by fluke and decided to give it a shot. Despite Waggoner being a creative writing instructor and not understanding the concept of a run on sentence, (which he does a LOT, just look at the first sentence of the book) it's a good read. His world is rich, complex, and beautiful. I love monsters. I mean LOVE monsters. And this world has a LOT of them, and they are well thought out and described with just the right amount of detail. The love story is a bit weak though, with t ...more
Jul 28, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Wow, did I read the same book as these other reviewers? I gave up on this novel halfway through. The concept of Nekropolis is interesting but the novel is dry reading and bloated with world-building details that lose focus on the main story. Not to mention, Devona's naivite is not believable in a world comprised entirely by horror creatures. My copy of the book features a different cover than this one, PI Matt Richter as a zombie in a fedora. I'm guessing they changed spelling of the title in th ...more
May 30, 2010 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matt Richter is a zombie private eye in an alternate world. It's Sam Spade meets Naked Lunch. He gets caught up in the machinations of the vampire Darklords when a vampire/human halfbreed asks for his help to locate a stolen artefact. You almost expect her to be referred to as a dame or broad despite the fact she can rip a man's head off and dresses entirely in leather. The only thing that prevents me from giving this 5 stars is that the editor seemed to give up after around page 200 so thereon ...more
Querus Abuttu
Tim Waggoner's 'Matt Richter' series will lift you up as you go into the underworld of Nekropolis and super-sleuth with the BEST zombie private-eye. This novel is pumped full of imagination and adventure. Sip on marrow shakes. Eat humunculous nuggets, and meet a host of strange creatures as Matt Richter fights being torn limb from limb (literally) on his various quests. Love vampires, but tired of the same old stories? This book (and the next two) is for you! I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and ...more
Feb 01, 2016 Wickedshizuku rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance fans,Urban Fantasy fans, Kim Harrison fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
This was pretty d^(n entertaining. I usually don't read zombie books; but I'm glad that I gave this one a chance. I was able to read this quickly, and wasn't easily distracted. The settings and characters were awesome. (When reading multiple books; I would pair this with maybe The Vampire Earth saga by E.E. Knight, or Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida.)
There was also character growth. Something that I'm finding a lack of in a lot of series. So, good job on that Mr. Waggoner.

That's all for now pretties.
William M.
Feb 20, 2016 William M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, humor

My experience reading Tim Waggoner has always been incredibly enjoyable. His stand-alone novels (Like Death, Pandora Drive, and Darkness Wakes) are some of the very best I have read in the genre. Even is zombie novel, The Way of All Flesh, is in my top 5 zombie books of all time. So make no mistake, I'm a big fan of his work and honestly think he is one of horrors best kept secrets. His writing is fiercely original and uncompromisingly dark, laced many times with enough twisted se
Nathan Johnson
On the whole the book is decent. It isn't going to win any major awards though.
Waggoner is certainly creative. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the different creatures and constructs in Necropolis.

However, he isn't particularly careful. He constantly contradicts himself in this series.

For example.
At one point Matt mentions that he may have seen a gargoyle move, but he tries to convince himself that it didn't. WHY!? Why is it so hard to believe that gargoyles might be alive, or at least ambulat
I am not typically a fan of zombie books. I don't like the mindlessness of zombies as characters but this one is completely different. Matt Richter isn't your usual zombie, while he does have an issue keeping his body from falling apart, he is the only zombie in Nekropolis to retain the intelligence he was born with. Not being able to return to Earth and resume his job as a detective since his transformation into a zombie, he remains in Nekropolis as a private detective.
Dave Wallace
Having not seen any TV zombie shows I don't know how this self-aware zombie fits into the pantheon but I do like a lone wolf PI potboiler. The storyline was a bit on the big picture side and could have been better in my opinion as lower level mystery, perhaps like the couple of comments about previous cases scattered in the story (the pregnant witch with an abusive warlock husband sounded good) but I liked the characters. The cabbie friend was a nice touch. How many classic radio detectives had ...more
Mar 20, 2011 Tasula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminiscent of Jim Butcher's Wizard Dresden series, a world inhabited by all sorts of vamps, demons, lyc's, zombies (of which our hero is one), and a mystery to solve against all odds, with a bit of a love story. Well written and interesting.

Note: for anyone bothered by typos,misspellings, etc., the last quarter of the book had quite a few, shame on the editor.
Jan 17, 2016 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book much more than I had expected to, there seem to be so many books out now where the dark and magical creatures live in a dimension just next to our own and this looked like it would just be one more of those.

However I found I quickly got engaged with the characters, the world and the mystery. The pacing was excellent and at no point did the story lag or feel forced, every charter fit, their motives and reactions felt appropriate and real and while the author worked at making t
JJ DeBenedictis
Y'know, it's not the most deftly written book I've come across, but every page of this novel is consistently enjoyable. It's funny and inventive, the characters and their relationship is easy to buy into, and the pacing is generally pretty good.

I found the first ten pages or so mildly slow, but that was perhaps due to the world-building that had to be done. I also thought some of the plot developments were a bit too pat, but overall, this was quite a fun book, and I think I'd be perfectly willin
I'm a big fan of detective mystery fiction, horror, and cross-genre books so picking up Nekropolis at the Imaginarium Convention last year turned out to be real treat. Matt Richter is a great, memorable fictional character with one-liners that made me laugh out loud despite the immeasurable tensions that this zombie private detective faces. You read that right, Richter is a zomibe who was once a police officer and now works as a guy who does favors.

The city of Nekropolis is fascinating and I ne
Ms. Nikki
Ahhh~ It had hints of Simon Green's world and mannerism.
Ed Nemo
Apr 25, 2015 Ed Nemo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It's extremely difficult to try out books by authors I have not read in my old age. This is one I am glad I gave a chance. This was much different than what I expect. The detective in this story did actual detecting. The love story was very tastefully done. And I appreciated the characterizations of the "monsters" that lived in and ran Nekropolis.

I think the best review I can give this book is that after finishing it this morning, I went out to purchase the Night Terrors. An excellent new series
I'd never heard of Graphic Audio before picking this up from the new shelf in my library. What really hooked me, though, was the tag "A movie in your mind." Bonus points because it has a full cast and sound effects. I also needed something that would keep me and my best friend awake and engaged on a night drive to North Carolina. I wasn't sure if this would, even though the premise is interesting, but it looked promising.

Matt Richter, former member of Cleveland's finest, has been dead for two ye
Ashley Withrow
Aug 18, 2015 Ashley Withrow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Matt Richter Series, Book 1
Started: 8/11/15
Finished: 8/18/15

I had thought, going into this book, that I would fall in love with it. It has so many elements that I typically enjoy. I feel like I was more interested in the idea of the world and plot than in the actual execution by Tim Waggoner.

The plot felt as slow as molasses. It just meandered on without any real build up or fire. There was very little intensity as the whole book, up to where I stopped at least, maintained the same voice and
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Tim Waggoner has published over thirty novels and three short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among others. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. Visit him on the web at
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