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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Death and Seven by Dan Welch is a rollicking ride, an engaging tale that mixes crime and corporate law in an alternate world, a world in which crime finds a new definition and the art of investigation takes on a brand new style with the talking dead. The narrative begins with a talking dead body and one of the interesting characters: ‘Amanda had not initially recognized the electronically generated monotone she heard as speech and it took her a moment to associate the “voice” with the corpse.' The reader is introduced to Freddy Logan, an indefatigable character who is determined to put an end to crime in institutions, but the game gets more complicated as they pursue criminals. Amanda Wilson, who works at the federal research hospital, is on a challenging mission to fix Wall Street with the talking corpse of the stunning Sarah Russell.
What struck me first when I started reading this novel was the author’s gift for humor. It opens the narrative and quirkiness grows from page to page. The beauty of the story is reflected in the author’s exciting and crisp prose, the engaging and well-crafted dialogues, but it is the quirkiness that accompanies character development that I enjoyed. The characters are ingeniously created and I found the idea of talking corpses unique. It is interesting to live in a world where the dead can be interrogated. Characters like Amanda Wilson and Freddy Logan are compelling and readers will enjoy stepping into their worlds. Death and Seven is a huge achievement, a bold narrative that reinvents the world. Dan Welch is a gifted storyteller who uses humor and language to keep readers engaged. It was a riveting read for me.