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Nekropolis (Matt Richter #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,415 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
Meet Matt Richter. Private eye. Zombie.

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 itself
ebook, 413 pages
Published July 2009 by Angry Robot (first published April 15th 2004)
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Mostly, I have only Past Carol. to blame. You see, I realized my TBR list had over 600 books, over four years of reading if I ever tried to get through it. As I try to actually make these things functional, I was going through removing books that no longer appealed. I don't know what I was up to in 2011, but I sure was frivolous about adding books. Necropolis was one of those 2011 reads, and one I could have done without. While I'm often looking for a new take on urban fantasy, this was MadLibs: ...more
Dec 14, 2013 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
ᴥ Irena ᴥ

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 Nekro

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
Sep 02, 2016 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
4 Stars

Nekropolis by Tim Waggoner is the first novel in the Matt Ritcher series. What could be better than a mystery series led by a detective named Matt Ritcher? How about a story that also includes pretty much every urban fantasy supernatural creature imagined? Hey, why not have the protagonist be an undead...zombie? Make it all fit together by taking place in a world adjacent to our own... This is the making of fun stuff.

This really is a dream series for urban fantasy lovers that enjoy a bit
Nick (Book-Absorbed Reviews)
Tim Waggoner is a pretty talented horror writer. I've enjoyed some of his past titles and so when I read the blurb for Necropolis and it described a zombie private detective who plies his trade in a hell-like world filled with witches, vampires, and other ghoulish fiends, I was sold. Sadly, the idea was a lot better in theory than in execution. I enjoyed seeing the different cities in the world, but I thought that Waggoner used his story as simply a vehicle to describe the world-building rather ...more
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 15, 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'
Oct 24, 2016 Lainy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - 2 days

Pages - 401

Publisher - Angry Robot

Blurb from Goodreads


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.

More pulp than Pulp Fiction, more butt-kicking than Buffy, Nekropolis is the first in a deathly new series.

My Revie
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
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
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
May 02, 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
Nov 14, 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
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
Jan 29, 2015 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.
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.
Feb 25, 2011 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.
Mar 19, 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.
A bit by-the-numbers at times, but overall an enjoyable read. The ending is a nice little twist and one I didn't entirely see coming, so that's a plus. At the end of the day, I enjoyed this enough to continue on to the sequel.
Ms. Nikki
Ahhh~ It had hints of Simon Green's world and mannerism.
Patrick W
Jun 28, 2009 Patrick W rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in, fantasy, urban, 2009
20 Words or Less: A lackluster urban fantasy that fails to offer empathetic characters almost as often as it fails to be funny.[return][return]Rating: 2.5/5 stars[return][return]Pros: Interesting setting with potential for future stories,[return][return]Cons: Poorly written humor, inconsistent �rules�, lack of protagonists to empathize/identify with[return][return]The Review: Angry Robot Books is pushing 4 launch titles. Moxyland was spectacular. Nekropolis? Not so much. Urban Fantasy is very hi ...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
"Are you going to be all right?"

"Of course. I'm a zombie; I don't have any feelings, remember?"

"Right. I forgot."

I knew Varvara didn't believe it, and for the first time in a long time, neither did I.

Welcome to Waggoner's world, where you can step through a portal and enter a dimension known as Nekropolis, home to all things strange and unusual.

It's a world covered in perpetual dusk, divided into dominions that are overseen by five Darklords, chosen by the creator of Nekropolis.

Zombie detective
Guillaume Jay
Apr 19, 2013 Guillaume Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Après avoir lu un Nekropolis qui ne contient pas de zombies (mais qui valait largement le coup), voici donc un Nekropolis qui respecte son titre.

A commencer par le personnage principal et narrateur, Matt Richter : policier a Philadelphie, en suivant la piste d'un tueur en série étrange, il s'est retrouvé à Nekropolis, une ville dans une dimension parallèle ou se sont enfuis tout les démons, vampires, changeurs de forme et autres sorciers devant l'inexorable progression des humains. En concluant
Mar 06, 2012 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Nekropolis is full of interesting critters. Since the metropolis is full of the darker supernaturals, everything from vampires to weres to giant bugs live here, as well as some rather grotesque things you've never heard of but are given vivid description. Matt's world and its occupants are brought to life in loving detail, and there's always something new to look at (so to speak).

This is also one of the novel's flaws. There's so much going on, so many critters and places squashed into the pages,
Lori S.
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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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