Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. is back at work in the Unnatural Quarter in this delightful sequel that mixes humor with romance, old-fashioned detective work, politics and Shakespeare. Readers who missed the first book needn’t worry, as Anderson weaves the backstory into the narrative while simultaneously introducing new characters, including human and inhuman monsters.
Zombie Dan and his human partner Robin are back on the case as Chambeaux & Deyer Investigations work to secure basic (in)human rights for enslaved golems forced to make tourist trinkets for the Smile Syndicate. Turning the quarter into a travel destination for humans, the Syndicate buys the local bar and fires bartender Francine. But behind the scenes something sinister is going on, and Dan and his cop buddy McGoo are intent on stopping it. Meanwhile, Robin is inundated by reams of paperwork as she attempts to figure out how the passing of the Unnatural Acts Act affects her clients and friends. (KENSINGTON, Jan., 336 pp., $15.00)