Speak The Dead by Grant McKenzie

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Despite the blood, guts, and falling bodies, McKenzie shoots for a light, bantering tone, which falls flat.
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When Sally Blue was six years old, sleeping peacefully in her bed, a gunshot woke her up and subsequently ripped her world apart.

Jolted awake by the scary noise, Sally ran to her parent’s bedroom for comfort. Instead, she found her mother slumped against the headboard, her ravaged nightdress drenched from a double-barreled wound.

Climbing on the bed, Sally cradled her mother’s head against her tiny chest, mindless of the blood and the cloying stench of death. There was no sign of her father, and Sally was too frightened to call out, when a voice from deep within her dead mother’s throat screamed: “Run, Sally! Run!”

Twenty-five years later, Sally has finally stopped running. She finds peace among the dead as a mortician’s beautician, and on the night of a strange murder that reawakens a special gift within her, she actually meets an interesting man: Jersey Castle, homicide detective by day, punk rock drummer by night.

But what Sally doesn’t know is that someone has been hunting for her all this time, and now that she’s passed his test of blood, he will stop at nothing to bring her home again.
 

About Grant McKenzie

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Grant McKenzie is the internationally-published author of four edge-of-your-seat thrillers, plus an ongoing mystery series set in San Francisco. His debut novel, Switch, was published by Bantam UK, Heyne Germany and Penguin Canada before launching in the U.S. and Taiwan. His other novels include: No Cry For Help, K.A.R.M.A. and Port of Sorrow. Switch and K.A.R.M.A. will be reissued by Polis Books, and his fifth edge-of-your-seat thriller, The Fear In Her Eyes, will be launched in 2014 from Polis Books.Under the pen name, M.C. Grant, he writes the Dixie Flynn series that began with Angel With A Bullet, continued in September with Devil With A Gun, and will return in 2014 with Baby With A Bomb. His short story "Underbelly" appeared in the First Thrills anthology edited by Lee Child from Tor/Forge.As a journalist, Grant has worked in virtually every area of the newspaper business from the late-night “Dead Body Beat” at a feisty daily tabloid to senior copy/design editor at two of Canada’s largest broadsheets, and Editor-in-Chief of Monday magazine. He currently resides in Victoria.
 
Published September 21, 2015 by Polis Books. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction
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Below average
on Jun 30 2015

Despite the blood, guts, and falling bodies, McKenzie shoots for a light, bantering tone, which falls flat.

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