The Wrong Dead Guy

Harper Voyager. (Another Coop Heist, Bk. 2). Feb. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780062389572. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062389596. FANTASY
Coop is a thief with an immunity to magic who works for the Department of Peculiar Science (DOPS). Because he steals for the feds, Coop has lost some of his disrespect for authority, but girlfriend Giselle mostly keeps him on mission. Coop's job this time out is to remove a mummy from a low-rent Los Angeles museum of antiquities. But the mummy, once a powerful Egyptian sorcerer named Harkhuf, has plans of his own, starting with finding his mummy bride and enslaving the world. Kadrey, who began this series with The Everything Box, and who also writes the "Sandman Slim" series, gives readers a great tour of the seedier bits of L.A.
VERDICT Some readers will find the nonstop barrage of quips, wordplay, and banter a blast, but Kadrey's story might have been better served by occasionally playing it straight.
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