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Necropolis (Matt Richter #1)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  1,142 ratings  ·  112 reviews
His mean streets are the city of the dead, the shadowy realm known as Nekropolis. And in this first case, Richter must help a delectable half-vampire named Devona recover a legendary artifact known as the Dawnstone, before it’s used to destroy Nekropolis itself. That is, if he can survive the myriad horrors that infest the city..
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 247 pages
Published April 15th 2004 by Five Star (ME)
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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 (Book Chick City)
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
“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
I REALLY enjoyed this book. It was very well thought out and written with a wonderfully wicked humour. My only complaint might be the romance part (though it was kept to a minimum), but I understand that it assisted the plot line and having it in there would appeal to "normal" females who (like I used to before I learned there were other options in life besides being in a relationship) live for romantic stories. I think the book would have been amazing even without it. Secondly, not that it affe ...more

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'
Mark Nunn
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wickedshizuku (and her 7 Black cats)
Jul 28, 2015 Wickedshizuku (and her 7 Black cats) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
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
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
Ed Nemo
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
Полицейский Мэтт Рихтер и его напарник, расследуя дело о серийном убийце, попали из родного Кливленда, штат Огайо, в другое измерение. Настоящего полицейского это не остановит: они продолжили поиски в Некрополисе - городе, населённом нечистью. Убийца был найден, напарник Мэтта погиб, сам же Мэтт стал зомби. Теперь он своего рода местная достопримечательность - зомби, который не подчиняется никакому хозяину, но и не ходит по улицам в поисках свежих мозгов.
Давным-давно Дис (он же Диспатер, он же Г
I don't usually like detective stories, and I'm not too big into mysteries, but I found this book on the local authors rack at the library, and it just sounded way too interesting to pass up. I love me a good urban fantasy, and this one definitely lived up to that description and then some. Nekropolis, where the story takes place, was so amazing and completely fleshed out. I could picture everything through Matt's eyes, and I just wanted more. The characters were all amazingly interesting, and t ...more
Steph Moyer
This is about a guy named Matt, who is a zombie, and a private eye. Obviously, I mean, look at the cover, it says so right there.
The book takes place in Nekropolis, which is a world in another dimension where all the bad things went. You know, bad things like vampires, werewolves, demons, really big bugs...
But, anyways, Matt got made into a zombie two years ago when him and his cop partner (they were both cops, not gay lovers, let me just clarify that) chased a murderer through a portal and ende
Nekropolis is the first book in the Matt Richter series by Tim Waggoner and an Urban Fantasy from Angry Robot.

Book Blurb:


Meet Matt Richter. Private Eye. Zombie. His mean streets are the city of the dead, the shadowy realm known as Nekropolis.

This place has always been ruled by the vampire overlords.

Now they're plotting to destroy the city.
... over his dead body.

My thoughts:

I loved this book!

Matt Richter was a cop for Cleveland PD for twen
Robert Stadnik
Within the first two chapters I couldn't help but feel I had already read this story and was familiar with the characters. This novel seemed, component to component, exactly like the stories of the Nightside series written by Simon Greene. The main character, Matt Richter, seemed to parallel Greene's John Taylor. Both were private investigators and both used little tricks to get out of bad situations. Richter's love interest, Devona, seemed to be a parallel to Taylor's girlfriend, Shotgun Suzie. ...more
Barbara Martin
Nekropolis is a hard boiled crime mystery set in an urban fantasy landscape within a shadowy dimension different than Earth. Matthew Richter, a cop from Cleveland, followed a murder suspect through a two-way portal into Nekropolis. There he ends up as a zombie working at the only business he knows: as a private eye.

Considered a rare entity as a self-willed zombie, Richter does favours for the creature citizens of Nekropolis in exchange for fees to purchase restorative spells. Every day is focus
Lori S.
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The world that Tim Waggoner created is rich and fascinating. It reminded me in many ways of RPG-based fiction, where the world and "NPCs" are as much the main character as the hero or heroine (I wasn't surprised to read in the books "Afterward" that he had originally used the world in a role-playing game with friends). The plot seemed designed specifically to take us past as many sites and to introduce us to as many characters as possible, which was great for learning more about the world, but f ...more
Alex Klimkewicz
As much as I hated my mockery of a life, it was the only mockery I had, and I didn't particularly want to lose it. (p. 29)

Matt Richter is a private detective in the vein of Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. He's sardonic. He doesn't pull punches, or one-liners. Also, he is a zombie living (or existing) in an other-worldly city filled with vampires, werewolves, and other monsters. Given that set up and the mesh of hard-boiled detective with a fantasy horror backdrop, I should have liked this more tha
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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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