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Pay Me in Flesh

(Mallory Caine, Zombie-at-Law #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  289 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Hungry For Justice-And Brains

Meet Mallory Caine. Attorney at law. Zombie at large. She's not like those "Living Dead” losers you see in the movies. She doesn't slobber, drool, or lurch-she's smart, stylish, and sexy. Sure, she's a zombie and a lawyer but, hey, a girl's got to eat. When Mallory's not in the courtroom, going head to head with her ex-boyfriend, killer-prosecu
Paperback, 316 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
I know this doesn't sound like Christian fiction, but it is. K. Bennett is a pseudonym for James Scott Bell. The story is about a zombie lawyer defending a vampire in a murder case. It gets weirder.

It was kind of a fun read--Jim Bell has a good sense of humor, and he keeps it clean, which I appreciate. However, I did not appreciate bad theology--demons are not the spirits of evil people after they die--nor did I appreciate the lecture about the second day of Genesis. It's germaine to the story,
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
By K. Bennett
Pinnacle Fiction (paperback) (also available in e-book)
August 2011

Book Review by Linda S. Brown

With so many witty one-liners, the reader of PAY ME IN FLESH: MALLORY CAINE, ZOMBIE AT LAW might easily be distracted from the storyline while snickering at the jokes. A review could quite easily be comprised simply of some of those snappy jokes. For example, Mallory’s philosophy: "Making people squirm on the witness stand is one of the things I
Mark Young
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This urban fantasy novel, Pay Me In Flesh, brings legal thrillers to a whole new dimension. In novelist K. Bennett’s debut horror novel, defense attorney Mallory Caine must defend a shape-shifting client accused of murdering an LA cop. Witty, hard-fighting Caine—facing off with her handsome hunk of an ex-boyfriend, prosecutor Aaron Argula— seems to be the only person in the entire city of Los Angeles who believes her client is innocent. She must battle unnatural and almost insurmountable odds to ...more
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it
3 1/2 Stars

Update: I have since learned that the error-filled ebook that I received, may be just a fluke. This may or may not be the case, as I can not really say for sure. I also have to mention that K. Bennett is actually a pen name for James Scott Bell, who is a very nice man btw. That might also explain why I found the romance subplot rather weak. For those who know me, know that I try to avoid reading male authored books at all cost, because they are usually quite inept with creating good r
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a lot of fun, a snarky, brave heroine (who happens to be a murderous, brain eating zombie, but she can't help it) struggles to survive as a lawyer in Los Angeles, where some very strange things start happening, many of them centered around her. A nice adventure.
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read it in one day! Loved it: loved the humor, the pace, the subject(s) -- much more than I thought I would. Can't wait to read the other two; gonna gobble them up.
Merrie Destefano
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Fast-paced, paranormal legal thriller. Lots of fun. Zombie lawyer ends up defending a vampire client. Lots to love in this book!
Dwayne Wojtowicz
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Vampires, Zombies and Lawyers! Oh My!

K. Bennett, a/k/a James Scott Bell, has a knack of getting the reader hooked, pulled along and thrown into the mix. He shows this in my book "Pay Me in Flesh."

Mallory Caine, Attorney (and Zombie) at Law, has her hands full. Still trying to figure out who killed her then brought her back from the dead, decides to take on proclaimed vampire Traci Ann Johnson's murder charges. And to top it off, her long lost father appears and is charged in the murder of an und
Michelle Bearss
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Mallory Caine is a lawyer in L.A. and she also happens to be a highly functioning zombie. Not stumbling around randomly eating anyone who gets in her way, but a fully functioning lawyer who happens to eat brains after work to survive.
Mallory takes a case of a young vampire that has been accused of killing a cop, but Mallory knows she is innocent as it was Mallory that ate his brains. Now she has to prove the vampire is innocent without getting herself caught.
This was a fun easy read with some d
Charly Toohey
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hysterical and touching. The poor heroine had no idea why she is a zombie.
Joseph R.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013, zombie
I've heard a lot of bad jokes about lawyers through the years, especially from lawyers themselves. It's a profession that gets a lot of attention if not always a lot of respect. In all the iterations of the 21st century zombie craze, it seems logical that someone would write a book about a zombie lawyer. Not a lawyer who defends zombies, but who is a zombie herself. Meet Mallory Caine, zombie at law.

Now, in this version of zombies, apparently she doesn't look like a zombie. When we first meet he
Jacqui Talbot
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mallory Caine is not your typical defense attorney. She’s a zombie with an appetite for justice…and brains. When her client, a vampire prostitute named Traci Ann is charged with the murder of a corrupt police officer, Mallory takes the case without a second thought. Even though few of her clients are innocent, Mallory knows that Traci Ann didn’t kill the cop…because she did. To complicate matters, she has to go head to head in a courtroom battle with a very attractive ex-boyfriend who whets her ...more
Matt Schiariti
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L.A Law. Zombie Style.

I've been gaining a larger appreciation of the zombie genre lately. I saw the name of this book and was intrigued. When I read the description I was scratching my head. 'A lawyer by day that goes on the hunt for brains at night? How can THAT work??'

Well it works..and it works well!

Mallory Caine is just your every day lawyer. Defending her clients to the best of her ability, her in court skills rivaled only by her unquenchable hunger for human flesh. Brains in particular. Se
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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This one surprised me, in a totally good way! I imagined a quick, fun, read, and it was, but there was also some unexpected depth that caught me off guard. Mallory Caine is an L.A. defense attorney, and she’s also a zombie. Not of the shambling kind, though. Turns out, someone shot Mallory, but what should have killed her, didn’t, and she found herself one of the walking dead, forced to eat brains to survive. Mallory does
Jill Williamson
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Here we have Mallory Caine, attorney at law, who also happens to be a zombie. She’s not your typical rotting, drooling, walking-like-Frankenstein zombie, though—no one seems to know she’s a zombie at all. And her ex-boyfriend is hitting on her, so she must not smell like a zombie.
Her client is accused of murder. But Mallory knows her client—who happens to be a vampire—didn’t do it. So it’s off to court, where Mallory defends a vampire. Meanwhile, she is trying to find out who tried to kill her,
Sarah Spelbring
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm not even sure where to start with this book. First, K. Bennett is a pen name of James Scott Bell, a lawyer and writer. I always question when writers do this, it confuses me. He's published under K. Bennett and James Scott Bell. Why not stick to one name?

Anyway, this is not supposed to be about the author specifically, but about his book, a paranormal legal thriller. A hybrid book. The legal side of this book I have no offense with, he's a lawyer it reads a bit like a light-hearted John Gris
Alice Liu
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Despite its somewhat masculine title, "Pay Me in Flesh" features a female protagonist, Mallory Caine, who has found herself in an undead predicament...namely her undeath. As a zombie and a legal counsel for a friend framed for murder, Mallory's defense strategy involves bringing the her friend's own vampiric nature into the public eye. In doing so, Mallory finds herself navigating a changing and ever-growing supernatural landscape of gods, demons, an omnipresent Voice in her head that tries to c ...more
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE LOVE LOOOOVE THIS SERIES (trilogy) :D It's about a defense lawyer named Mallory Caine, who is killed and then reanimated as a zombie. She's sassy and snarky and has to be a hooker on the side to make ends meet (as in to get her meals...brains). There's demons, ghosts, and so much more! The way one of my friends put it as is "a book where the author crammed every awesome thing into". I read this series a bit oddly, I found the second book at the library so I read it and loved it. Bought th ...more
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Mallory Caine just wants to live her life quietly, at least as quiet as a lawyer in L.A. can. Being hit on by lascivious judges, pursued by an ex-boyfriend and having a killer roaming the streets is not helping in that department.

But then, neither is being a zombie.

Mallory died about a year ago, but was brought back to life by some unknown person and now survives as a zombie in the Hollywood Hills. Her own murder (not that anyone knows that was what it was) is unsolved and now she discovers that
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
great surprise....

"Hungry For Justice - And Brains": Meet Mallory Caine. Attorney at law. Zombie at large. She's not like those "Living Dead" losers you see in the movies. She doesn't slobber, drool, or lurch - she's smart, stylish, and sexy. Sure, she's a zombie and a lawyer but, hey, a girl's got to eat. When Mallory's not in the courtroom, going head to head with her ex-boyfriend, killer-prosecutor Aaron Argula, she's in the seedy streets of Hollywood, hunting brain after brain. That is, unt
Cheri Williams
Fast paced, action packed and snort-out-loud funny…

…probably the funniest adult novel I’ve read—ever!

Mallory Caine, attorney-at-law, woke up in the morgue—as a zombie. Now she just has to keep her skin from falling off, figure out whose mind-controlling voice is in her head, stop the sword-wielding nutjob who has her in his sights, and avoid eternity in hell. Oh, and then there’s the little challenge of procuring an occasional cranium of brain soup. Ivy League educated, please.

Neither Zombie L
Carol Preflatish
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Until I read "Pay Me In Flesh," my only knowledge of zombies was from watching the movie, "Shaun of the Dead" and I laughed through the whole thing.

What I didn't do was laugh through this book. "Pay Me In Flesh" is about a lawyer in Los Angeles who finds, after being shot, that she was brought back from the dead and is now a zombie, or undead. While defending a vampire on a murder charge, she searches for the person who turned her into a zombie.

The end of the book left a lot of unresolved issues
Timothy Tobolski
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reminded me a lot of early David E Kelley, back when he did less proselytising and more snappy banter to build characters. I'm not giving anything away by saying there's a lot more to this than just a zombie lawyer: there's more zombies, vampires, potential werewolves and a hint of higher powers using our world like a giant chessboard. Had a very noir sense to the writing, very terse, very quick-paced. There was plenty of room for schmaltz and drippy romance but Bennett thankfully avoided that e ...more
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANY ONE WHO LOVES A GOOD


Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book ended up not being what I expected, which didn't turn out badly, just not what I expected. OK, so it is about a zombie lawyer, and the description makes it sound almost like a spoof. I know, who would ever think that a zombie lawyer book would be anything but excruciatingly earnest, right? In any case, as I started reading I found the book to be darker and more serious than I had expected. There were certainly moments of levity, but even those seemed to have a bit of an edge to them. T ...more
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This started out so well. Mallory is a criminal defense attorney and a zombie, which is a very funny premise. Being a zombie hasn't cut into her social life or her professional life much. She just needs to kill people and eat the brains, of course. From this great start, it slipped at lot by the end, with relationship and family complications that seemed to bog the story down and be setting up a series and taking it all too seriously. It seemed like Bennett began a kind of satirical s ...more
An awesome beginning to a series. Mallory Caine is an awesome protagonist even if she can be found regularly walking the streets, waiting for her next brain fix. Because, as a zombie, she can't live without brain. The fact that she's a lawyer is quite comical because truthfully, many would assume most lawyer are undead.

I had so many questions after reading this book that I jumped right into the sequel -- so I could find out more about what's happening in Mallory's world. L.A. is basically being
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was surprisingly enjoyable. I figured I would like it because I like the authors other books under a different pen name and I was right. This novel is loaded with quick wit and great humor and at the same time it's a bit suspenseful. A lot of the undead jokes made me smile. It even got a bit into the "what does it mean to be a zombie when it comes to eternity?" I found that to be a nice surprise. It made sense that the character has issues with faith and God but they were not preachy o ...more
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Surprisingly enjoyable fast & good read. I admit I was skeptical when I picked the book up - the zombie lawyer hook sounded a bit too cutesy.

But Bennett/James Scott Bell managed to make what could have been a flat idea and turned into something that is almost smart and certainly worth a beach read.

While the bigger plot story that is woven in is certain fine, and sets the whole thing up nicely for a multi-book sequel, it might have actually worked better to break it up over (at least) the f
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this book more than I expected to. It's not a typical zombie book. Mallory seems to be a totally normal person except that she had been murdered and someone brought her back to life. She doesn't look like a zombie, she thinks, she feels and her vocabulary consists of more than just moaning "braiiiiinnnnss". However she does have to eat brains.

I like the supernatural aspect of the book with vampires, shape shifters and demons. There's something special about Mallory and I'm looking forwar
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Pseudonym of James Scott Bell.

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