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(Matt Richter #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,677 ratings  ·  155 reviews
From author Tim Waggoner comes a novel featuring a home for all of those creatures that go bump in the night.

Centuries ago, when Earth's Darkfolk -- vampires, werewolves, witches and other creatures -- were threatened by humanity, they departed our planet's dimension and journeyed to a shadowy realm, where they built the great city of Necropolis. Matthew Adrion is an Ear

Paperback, 1st Edition, 248 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Five Star Trade (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 rated it really liked it
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
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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 Nek

Sep 02, 2016 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
Hunter Shea
Aug 15, 2015 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.
Oct 08, 2010 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
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
Igor Ljubuncic
Let's say ... 2.5 dead stars.

I DNF-ed this at about 45%, because I didn't care about the plot anymore.

Starts reasonably strong - a zombie detective, living in Nekropolis -a city of undead and magical things in another dimension - and he comes upon a case, guess, hint, cliche, a half-zombie damsel in mistress, who also happens to be really, really, really, ridiculously good-looking.


Reminds you of someone, something, somewhere? Yes. Harry Dresden!

There are tons of similarities, including the first
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
Mark Nunn
Jan 13, 2011 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
Jul 01, 2011 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'
Nick Borrelli
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
I'll let you guys guess which attracted me to the book first--whether it was the Zombie part or the Private Detective noir part. It was both honestly, but to be fair the Zombie part won me over first. Love me my Zombies!

In a literary world saturated with urban fantasy worlds another one may not seem like such a great thing. Been there, seen that, didn't that just get a movie made from it? Nekropolis though comes off less like its trying to be a fresh new urban fantasy and more like a noir that h
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
How can you not love a zombie detective story?
Ms. Nikki
Ahhh~ It had hints of Simon Green's world and mannerism. ...more
3.5 stars; 4 for enjoyment.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Holy crap, this book was awesome! It's like a mixture of Halloween Town for adults that takes place in a hellsphere, with a 'detective', and some MIB stuff thrown in just for funsies. Now that may all sound crazy, and like it might not make for a good book, but it does!

I have never read a Tim Waggoner novel before, but I am very impressed with his writing. He was able to take the above elements and mix them into an entertaining and engaging story. This book is only 248 pages long, so it's not te
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 sentinels.
there's a lot of strange, bizarre, but still intriguing creatures that we are going to find here. to me, goldang, it's like another Christmas present unwrapping and dancing itself. I develop the fondness of learning and knowing extraordinary creatures nowadays--wait no, since I read A Conspiracy of Stars actually. thank you, Tim, for creating such creatures for me!
besides the variety of creatures, I, somewhat enjoy the world building so so so much. it is real atmospheric for me, a
Oct 24, 2016 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
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, author Tim Waggoner certainly pulled out all the stops in Nekropolis, the debut novel in the Matt Richter series. Not only does he introduce the title character - a down and out private detective who also happens to be a zombie - but he sets his story in a bizarre city in an alternate dimension that's literally teeming with ghosts, ghouls and every other kind of monster imaginable.

Ostensibly this story is about Richter's latest case, recovering a stolen artifact for the daughter of a powerf
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 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 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, fantasy
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
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
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance fans,Urban Fantasy fans, Kim Harrison fans
Recommended to Samantha 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.
Ed Nemo
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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Tim Waggoner has published nearly fifty novels and seven short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among others. He's won the Bram Stoker Award and has been a finalist for both the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Visit him on the web at www.timwag ...more

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