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Death Most Definite by Trent Jamieson
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Oct 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: spec-fiction
Recommended to Jenny by: Courier Mail review
Recommended for: Everyone
Read from October 20 to 21, 2010

This is a well-contructed, expertly written story about Steven, a young man with an unusual profession: He helps the newly departed to the other side. Without Grim Reaper types like Steve (Pomps, as they're called here), the dead would have no way into the afterlife. When our young hero is confronted by ghost, Lissa, in the middle of busy Brisbane one day and it's clear no one has been assigned to 'pomp' her, Stevn gets the feeling something is amiss. When the undead begin shooting at him, he knows for sure this is the case. What follows is a non-stop action packed race to find out why all the Pomps in Oz are being killed, and what it will mean for humanity.

Death Most Definite is just the first in a new series that is sure to sell like hotcakes, providing enough readers hear about it. This sort of story can come across as being cheesy when done badly. Thankfully Jamieson knows how to write and the result is an incredible underworld mixed with familiar Brisbane landmarks that feels disturbingly real. Jamieson's tone is light, his imagination incredibly detailed. How this can be only his first published novel is beyond me.

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