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Die Now, Live Later(1968)
(A book in the Mike Faraday series)
A novel by Basil Copper
"The atmosphere is always first rate" - Publishers Weekly
Mike Faraday, private investigator is back on the job - this time he is about to encounter more than he expects in the macabre freezer cemeteries of California.
When Merna Freeman gets referred to Mike Faraday with suspicions of a racket surrounding her uncle's death, Faraday snatches at the chance to take on the job.
The details: Merna's uncle recently passed away, but the will specifies that most of his money goes toward Eternity Inc, a cryogenics lab that promises to store those who have passed away until science can revive them and fix whatever killed them.
However, Merna had been told that the money was going to her... until her uncle was taken in by the men running Eternity Inc.
Mike is already suspicious. He starts sniffing around the operation and finds way more than expected.
Not only is the freezer side of things smelling rotten, but the business is locked up tighter than Fort Knox, which has Faraday's PI senses tingling.
As he pries further into the dealings of Dr. Krug, Eternity Inc's doctor and owner, and Rex Beale, Merna's cousin, Faraday finds more and more threads of a conspiracy.
Now, Faraday must work with anyone that can help him get to the bottom of his deepening plot, featuring murder, deception, and even a few Nazis...
Die Now, Live Later is fifth mystery thriller instalment featuring Mike Faraday. Here, we get a classic look at the PI doing what he does best: finding the truth, even if it takes bending a few rules to get there.
Praise for Basil Copper:
"Hard-boiled thrillers" - The Guardian
"an indefatigable talesmith in the Lovecraftian vein" - Kirkus Reviews
"[Copper has] achieved a truly poignant view of the macabre." - Science Fiction and Fantasy Review
"his macabre writings have stood alongside the best work of his contemporaries" - The Black Abyss review blog
"lures the reader into a web of gothic splendour and macabre happenings" - Rising Shadow
"well-worth reading for its eerie atmosphere, wonderfully-described underground horrors, and growing tension" - Skulls in the Stars review blog
Basil Copper (1924-2013) was a British author. He wrote several horror and detective stories, and novels. He was perhaps best known for his series of Solar Pons stories continuing the character created as a tribute to Sherlock Holmes by August Derleth.
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May 2017 : Paperback
January 1993 : UK Paperback
December 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition