Half Dead (Hardcover)

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Calvert Green literally believes he's dead--but that won't stop him from diving deep into the secrets that threaten to bury him.

The car accident took his wife and nearly killed him too, but Calvert Green's problems are just beginning. He was a respected Russian literature scholar in Chicago, but due to severe head trauma, he's now suffering from Cotard's Disease--a rare physiological condition that makes him believe he's dead. He has also lost much of his memory, including the academic knowledge that defined his life.

Calvert knows few details about the accident but believes there's more going on than he's been told, so he leaves the care facility determined to find the truth behind his "death." His search lands him in the middle of a city being terrorized by a murder spree, and young homicide detective Whistler Diaz has a prime suspect. But Whistler's cousin Moe, a crusading journalist, zeroes in on Calvert, determined to prove he's not all he seems.

Intuition and improvisation were never Calvert's strong suits, but now he has to draw on his hidden inner resources to clear his name. On a harrowing journey into the city's underbelly--and deep into his psyche--Calvert begins to uncover the shocking truth of who he once was.

Calvert might be on the verge of finding a new definition of sanity--but a malevolent force lurks in the shadows bent on total madness.

About the Author

Brandon Graham studied visual and written narrative at Columbia College, Chicago at the Center for Book and Paper Arts. He is a visual artist who writes.

Praise For…

Praise for Half Dead:
“Readers will never look at life after death, or whatever it is, the same way.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Brilliantly written, skillfully plotted, packed with clever dialogue and unique characters, Half Dead brings a rare syndrome to life, splashing its victim and the people in his orbit colorfully across the page. A riveting blend of loss, suspense, humor, love, and reinvention!”
—Susan Crawford, International Bestselling author of The Pocket Wife and The Other Widow

“Brandon Graham's HALF DEAD is fully awake to what it means to be human: to grapple with loss and injustice and fear--which is also to say it is dark and funny and carefully observed . . . This is noir with humor and a heart of gold.”
—Kendra Greene, author of The Museum of Whales You Will Never See

“Acute observations and deftly plotted. Graham’s characters linger in the mind long after the last sentence.”
Michelle Pretorius, author of The Monster's Daughter 

Beautifully written, deeply incisive, and wonderfully funny and macabre, Half Dead is a triumph of deep characterization and evocative storytelling.”  
Erik Fassnacht, author of A Good Family

With Half Dead, Graham expertly walks the line between heartbreak and hilarity. This book is a little dark and sad and was funny when I least expected it. Graham’s writing pulled me in and kept me turning pages well past my bedtime.” 
Nikki Dolson, author of Love and Other Criminal Behavior

Praise for Brandon Graham:
“Brandon Graham is a hilarious, perceptive writer. His work makes us painfully aware of our personal follies and acknowledges our lovely humanity.” 
—Audrey Niffenegger, bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife

Product Details
ISBN: 9781643858227
ISBN-10: 164385822X
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: August 10th, 2021
Pages: 336
Language: English


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