This one's a pretty darn fun continuation of the series. It would work for people who haven't read the earlier ones, but if you want to skip some, staThis one's a pretty darn fun continuation of the series. It would work for people who haven't read the earlier ones, but if you want to skip some, starting at #2 is still the best bet (the back third of the first was pretty horrible).
The book before (The Undead Karma Sutra) ended on quite a cliff-hanger; that is still hanging throughout this book. Felix' failure in UKS is a shoe waiting to drop and he is pleased to be distracted by his current problem--an infestation of zombies threatening to blow the lid off the big secret and reveal the existence of the supernatural.
Since this is--apparently--a distraction from the plot that's been buiding up through the earlier books, it's a quick, fun action romp. Felix is doing his usual PI schtick, stuck between small-town gangsters, a mysterious necromancer, and a 16 year-old psychic with a terminal illness who wants him to make her immortal. And the Araneum isn't telling him everything that's going on and wants him to do some things that don't jive with him morals. And he has to wrap it up before Jolie, his occasional friend/lover/partner, comes into town and handles everything according to her, less gentle, morals.
In short, it's back to the good, old, simple days for Felix. Mystery, complications, and mayhem.
Enjoy it for that.
And fear not. Acevedo is growing as a writer with every book. The action is taughter, the humor is better (and less disruptive), Felix is in the middle of some character growth that would feel rushed if it ended in this book, and the long-term plot is definitely advanced. Little of it is explicit, but it's all clearly there and intentional, and what is explicated is saved for the end, after the fun romp.
So enjoy it. And hope the next one comes soon....more