Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Book Review: The Dead Guy, by Doug Hewitt

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The Dead Guy by Doug Hewitt

Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Aberdeen Bay (December 15, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0981472575
Rating: *****


Jack Thigpen is not your typical protagonist: he is an insurance fraud investigator, an ex-professional tennis player, and he is dying. He is hired to investigate a repair shop that has an unusual number of claims, and within a day he is shot at and his best friend is killed.

Through the course of investigating who shot at him, Jack is soon embroiled in something even bigger than he ever thought possible. While shaking down the various people he comes across who may or may not know who took out the hit on him, Jack finds that the disease that will eventually kill him is at the same time hindering and helping him in different ways. He also has the unique perspective of knowing he is dying to help him see what the really important things in life truly are.

The Dead Guy is a fantastic tale in every sense of the word. Jack is subjected to incredible things by people you just don’t meet in everyday life. However, it is all so well presented and written that you believe every word. The characters are rich, with all the little foibles that make them real and human.

Doug Hewitt spins a raucous tale that is entertaining from the first page to the last. It is witty, poignant and exciting by turns, making you want to think a little about what you would do if you knew you would die within a year…or just forget real life for a short time while you enjoy his adventure. I highly recommend it!

And now for the requisite free offer: leave a comment on this post or the one with the interview when it is posted, and receive my review copy of The Dead Guy for FREE! I will make my selection at the end of March.


  1. This sounds intriquing!

  2. A cup of coffee and a good book. Sounds good, but if the book is really good, I get engrossed in it and my forgotten coffee gets cold. LOL Larry Ray