Review of The Wrong Dead Guy by Richard Kadrey

I loved The Everything Box.  I even put it on my Hugo Awards ballot.  And The Wrong Dead Guy isn’t, by any means, bad.  But it is pretty pedestrian.


Coop, magic-resistant thief extraordinaire, is now a fixture at DOPS, or the Department of Peculiar Science.  Hey, it beats prison.  The action picks up with Coop, his girlfriend Giselle, his buddy Morty, and agent handler Bayliss on a job.  Stealing office supplies.  Supply closet protocol can be a bear.  Once again, there is a large cast of characters.  Nelson is back, now working as a mailroom as a mook (civil service protections are so strong not even death costs you your job) and scheming.  There are a couple more bumbling bureaucrats, an over the hill fortune teller, a hapless animal rights group, and a gun-toting used car salesman.  Oh, and a missing mummy set on eternal torment (for his enemies, his allies get eternal discomfort).

The Wrong Dead Guy continues to be consistently, uproariously funny on a line by line basis.  Like every dang line.  Kadrey’s wit is never sharper than when he’s skewering office work, bureaucracy, and group dynamics.  The mummy, in particular, gets some of the best lines.

But there just isn’t that much going on.  The plot is considerably simpler than that of The Everything Box.  The animal rights group is no cult.  None of Coop’s heists are all that cool.  The climax is a bit of a letdown too.  I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it, but I also can’t say that it met the high bar of The Everything Box or Killing Pretty.


3.5 of 5 Stars.


Disclosure: I received an (unsolicited) advance copy from the publisher.


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5 Responses to Review of The Wrong Dead Guy by Richard Kadrey

  1. searchingfordragonsblog says:

    Is it YA? I don’t think I’d be into it but I know a few people like my niece and nephew who might like it.

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