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From the #1, award-winning Flemish crime writer, an atmospheric, genre-busting crime novel about a cop who comes back from the dead to track down the same serial killer who shot him.A serial killer is on the loose in Ostend, Belgium. Nicknamed The Stuffer, the mysterious killer fills his victims full of sand and poses them as public art installations—and the once idyllic bFrom the #1, award-winning Flemish crime writer, an atmospheric, genre-busting crime novel about a cop who comes back from the dead to track down the same serial killer who shot him.A serial killer is on the loose in Ostend, Belgium. Nicknamed The Stuffer, the mysterious killer fills his victims full of sand and poses them as public art installations—and the once idyllic beach town is in a panic. The fact that Rafael Styx is on the case is no comfort. The corrupt, middle-aged cop has a bum hip, a bad marriage, and ties to the Belgian underworld, but no leads. And if he wants to catch the killer before he’s replaced by the young, ambitious, and flamboyant new cop, Detective Delacroix, he’ll have to take matters into his own hands.When a chance encounter puts him face to face with The Stuffer, Rafael’s life is cut short by a gun to the chest. But the afterlife has only just begun: Styx wakes up a zombie. Gradually he realizes his unique position. Not only is his body in decay, now that he exists between life and death, he can enter a “different” Ostend, of the Belle Époque in all its grandeur. There he meets the surrealist painter, Paul Delvaux, who gives Styx his first clue about the killer.With a fresh lead and a fresh start, the dirty cop decides to change his ways, catch The Stuffer, and restore his honor. But as his new hunger for human flesh impedes his progress, he’ll need his old rival, Detective Delacroix to help him out. Only one thing is for sure, even death can’t stop Styx from catching his own murderer.Complex and compelling, full of suspense, action, and black humor, Styx is an exciting thriller with an intriguing protagonist and evocative setting....

Title : Styx
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ISBN : 9781476784649
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Styx Reviews

  • Allison
    2018-12-09 03:12

    A perfect blend of two of my favorite genres, speculative fiction and crime fiction, with a dash of another personal interest (art history) thrown in. First of all, the translation job was smooth and fantastic. I've seen a good number of European crime novels ruined by poor or rushed translation, but this is not one of them. Styx somehow managed to be a roughly charming antihero, and I really enjoyed his partnership with Delacroix, who was an interesting character himself. Dhooge writes with a strong sense of place/atmosphere, as well as a certain level of dark humor. Looking forward to more of the author's books being translated into English. (I noticed all of his works start with the letter "S"???)***I also appreciated the shout-out to James Ensor, one of my favorite artists.

  • Artur Coelho
    2018-12-20 01:54

    Raphael Styx é um típico polícia veterano, corrompido pelo sistema. Acredita piamente na justiça enquanto espanca suspeitos e faz negócios com criminosos ligados ao contrabando. Também acredita na felicidade familiar, apesar do filho não lhe falar e a mulher estar cheia de vontade de pedir um divórcio. Tem de aturar na esquadra um chefe demasiado intrometido na sua vida pessoal e um colega novo, um belga de raízes congolesas que decidiu passar a vestir-se como um sapeur após o suicídio da irmã. Styx está embrenhado numa caça ao homem. A sonolenta e provinciana cidade de Ostende está a ser palco de uma vaga de assassínios macabros cometidos por um assassino em série que se inspira nas obras icónicas dos pintores surrealistas belgas para dispor os corpos das suas vítimas. Quando confronta o assassino, o impensável acontece. Styx é abatido, mas renascerá como um zombie que vai apoderecendo pelas ruas da cidade enquanto continua a busca pelo psicopata. Renascido na morte, confronta os dilemas da sua antiga vida, descobre que é capaz de saltos ao passado para visitar a Ostende da Belle Époque, apercebe-se que de vez em quando convém dar umas trincadinhas em carne humana para se manter um morto-vivo apresentável, e só poderá contar com a ajuda do colega cuja propensão para roupa cara e garrida não consegue compreender.Um mimo, este pequeno romance policial com um toque de horror do escritor belga Bavo Dhooge. Leitura rápida que desperta e mantém a curiosidade do leitor, faz bom uso das estruturas narrativas do policial com um toque do visceralismo do terror zombie. O recordar das belas artes belgas, com referências a Ensor, Delvaux e Magritte, dão-lhe uma certa elegância erudita. Styx será editado em novembro de 2015.

  • Emme
    2018-12-06 03:14

    4.5 stars rounded up to 5. A zombie crime thriller set in Belgium? Sign me up!! This book was way better than expected, though I admit that I was fairly skeptical at first. I've never read a zombie novel (no, really, I usually go for vampires or magic-beings) so this was my introduction to the genre, and I therefore have no idea how it compares to other zombie novels. I was pleasantly surprised by the introduction of the Surrealist art movement into the plot and also learned quite a lot about Belgian Surrealist artists. Bonus! This book Definitely made me wish for more English translations of Bavo Dhooge's books, and also makes me hope that we'll get some more in the future. I see that he's written a sequel - 'Styxmata' - and hope to read it sooner or later, either in English (sooner) or Dutch (later)!!

  • Barbara
    2018-11-26 21:12

    First I want to thank Simon and Schuster for sending me an ARC of this book.Had someone asked me a couple of days ago if I would like to read a book about a detective who turned into a zombie, I would have said "no way". I don't usually enjoy zombie or werewolf stories,but this book was just terrific. Bavo Dhooge is a wonderful author and the translation to English was superb. There is a bit of humor thrown in as well. Without any reservations I would recommend this book. Run to your bookstore and buy it. You won't regret it.

  • Davecapp
    2018-11-27 00:59

    Take a hard nosed detective (or some would say "an asshole"), put him on a tough case, kill him, and bring him back as one of the undead. This premise had all the makings of time waster - but in fact Styx turned out to be an enjoyable read. Expect well placed humor, good character development (especially Detective Delacroix) and a very good plot line (assuming you believe in that zombie thing of course :-)

  • Wdmoor
    2018-12-13 03:05

    I picked up this book strictly because of a blurb on the back by Richard Kadrey, but this is nothing like anything by Mr Kadrey. Styx starts off as a police procedural for a couple chapters then gently slips into the weird. It was so different it just kept pulling me along with the oddness of it all. It's easier to say what this book isn't than what it is...but how about a gentle, intriguing horror story. Recommended for readers willing to try something off the beaten path.

  • Rebecca Maddison
    2018-11-19 00:09

    Written by Belgium novelist Bavo Dhooge, this serial killer/zombie novel is set in Belgium in a town called Ostend.Styx is a 40 year old with a bad hip and a booze problem, aging him before his time. He has become bitter and corrupt and is resentful of an up and coming detective who he believes is chomping at the bit to replace him. Not knowing how to fix his failing marriage or relate to his teenage son who seems to hate him, he determines to catch a serial killer on his turf at any cost. Well the cost is three bullet wounds the chest. How can you kill a main character off at the beginning of the book? Easy. Just turn him into a zombie with crazy links to the ghosts of Ostends artistic past. I really enjoyed this book. I found the characters unique and enjoyable to read and the detective genre really lends itself to a zombie or two.

  • Ingrid
    2018-12-13 20:00

    Like a lot of the books I've read lately, this one was... weird. But it moved quickly and was very engaging!

  • Jay Dwight
    2018-12-18 23:18

    My better half slipped this into my "To Read" pile because she said I need to broaden my horizons.Hadn't read any Belgian crime, and it starts off as a solid police procedural. Raphael Styx is a detective trying to track down the "Stuffer", a serial killer who strips the organs from the bodies of his victims, then fills them with sand, sees them back up and leaves them in artistic poses.Styx finds the killer, but gets shot by him.And then things get weird.....Fair to say that I prefer my crime fiction a tad more grounded in reality, and zombie detectives not quite my thing. But still a good story behind that premise and worth a read.

  • Amy
    2018-11-20 18:56

    Reviewed for Library Journal 11/1/2015Rafe Styx is a disillusioned man; a crooked Belgian cop with a failing marriage and a partner he despises. His discontent is not helped by a string of grotesque murders committed by "The Stuffer," a madman who eviscerates his victims, stuffs their bodies with sand, and then poses them in public locales. Early on in the story, Styx confronts the killer and is murdered. When he awakens from the dead, his initial elation is replaced by horror as he realizes he has become a zombie. Determined to bring the killer to justice, he masks his putrid stench with cologne, and his gruesome pallor with makeup, and enlists the help of his once loathed partner. The paranormal nature of the tale expands when Styx discovers that he can travel back in time; doing so he meets the surrealist painter Paul Delvaux, who provides crucial insight in solving the case. VERDICT: This attractive fusion of genres by award-winning Belgian author Dhooge (Scam Alarm) tells a captivating tale with excellent pacing and tension. Styx's rookie partner, Delacroix, is a sympathetic character with an absorbing backstory and unusual cultural perspective. The genre bending works, for the most part, but the time-travel element is an unnecessary diversion. Hand this one to lovers of detective fiction who aren't afraid to mix it up with urban fantasy.

  • Ellen
    2018-11-19 22:01

    Het idee is sterk: een 'flik' genaamd Styx (joh!) op seriemoordenaarsjacht wordt vermoord en over'leeft' als zombie om de jacht hoogstpersoonlijk af te maken.De seriemoordenaar lijkt in het begin van het verhaal nog hoogst originele ideeën te hebben met/voor zijn slachtoffers, maar dat strandt nogal abrupt door de halve moord op Styx. Alleen zijn bijnaam, de Stuffer, doet er na verloop van tijd nog aan denken.Dhooge lijkt het vanaf het moment dat Styx wederopstaat als zombie allemaal niet meer zo precies te weten, want noch de tentoonstelling van de moordenaar, noch de alternatieve wereld waarin Styx soms rondwaart, noch de zoektocht die Styx samen met zijn ex-collega onderneemt naar de Stuffer worden in het verloop voldoende spannend uitgewerkt. Jammer, omdat alledrie de 'lijntjes' voldoende potentie hebben en het verzombiën van Styx alleraardigst terugkerende beelden op had kunnen leveren als het beter ver'beeld' zou zijn in de actie.Het verhaal kabbelt voort, er wordt (te)veel verteld en uitgelegd zonder dat het ergens spannend, laat staan griezelig wordt. 'Saai' is helaas de term die dit boek het best omschrijft, ondanks het veelbelovende begin en de alleraardigste ideeën.

  • Lin
    2018-12-09 22:55

    Reading this in the English translation was weird, considering that my native tongue is Dutch, the original language the book was written in. I kept translating backwards in my head, more focused on what the translator did with the sentence structure than with what was happening on the page. It was distracting, but this distraction is entirely on me and not, in fact, on Bavo Dhooge. Ahem.A seasoned and disilussioned Belgian cop, Styx, is murdered by a serial killer. Rather than remaining dead as he was supposed to be rises from the dead as a zombie, and continues to solve the serial killer case. Easy enough to summarise, but as it turns out, not so easy to execute. Dhooge has himself a great premise, but it never really takes off the way it could have. The serial killer plotline remains underwritten. The zombie plotline remains underwritten. Styx's character isn't fleshed out too well - I was never sure if I was supposed to sympathise with him or not. Even the humour couldn't coax too many giggles out of me. It just... didn't work. Alas.

  • Brandon Ives
    2018-11-25 02:19

    I grabbed this because of a recommendation of one of my favorite authors. Once I found out Bavo Dhooge was Flemish I got even more excited. I have a soft spot for Belgium because I lived in Gent for year many years ago. Unfortunately, the book was a pretty mediocre cop book with a zombie twist. The premise was interesting and some of he simplicity of the writing may be a translation issue, but it never made me very interested in any of the characters. The book takes place in the seaside town of Ostend, but you never get much of a feeling for the town beyond the Flemish names of the streets and buildings. I think there is potential here, and Bavo may be setting this up to be a series by the way the book ends. If he does make it the start of a series about a zombie detective some of my problems with unresolved narrative points will hopefully become moot.

  • tyto
    2018-11-20 23:57

    I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This sounded like it would be right up my alley - a thriller mixed with science fiction elements... however, I feel like it was a bit of a letdown on both fronts. The book starts out well and I was very intrigued by what was going on, however it fails as a mystery/thriller because of random leaps that the characters are able to make and it fails as a sci-fi novel because the time travel really was unnecessary and the zombie aspect was left unclear and confusing. Despite these criticisms, it was an quick, enjoyable, unique read.

  • Sasha
    2018-12-07 20:03

    The synopsis of this book really intrigued me; it's not often that you come across this kind of a fantasy novel in Dutch literature and it sounded really promising with its English translation in the making. All in all I have to say that this novel fell short. Both the mystery and the fantastical elements felt like they weren't developed properly and it was difficult for me to keep my interest. Furthermore, even though I like that the story takes place in Ostend, all the names of hotels, pubs ... meant nothing to me and the references could use some more description to set the scene.

  • Vanessa
    2018-12-03 00:58

    A rather stolid and uninteresting police procedural/mystery tarted up with zombies and some nonsensical time travel business. The translation is pretty good, however, and the Delacroix character is potentially interesting in what (I think?) is a possible series. I received an EARC from Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

  • Dqframey
    2018-11-29 23:07

    About 5 (short) chapters in, I thought this was shaping up to be an unusually anticlimactic police procedural. The twists from there were satisfying, surprising, and a good read. I don't think anyone will be moved to tears by gorgeous prose or new insights into human nature - but recommended for fans of genre fiction, steampunk, graphic novels, etc.

  • Chernz
    2018-12-04 00:18

    No time for a really big review but I marathoned this in a day because I would put it down and immediately want to come back to it. Killer start which faded to a mediocre and somewhat rushed ending but I loved the first half so much that I couldn't give it less than 4*s. Also apparently this was translated from Dutch but I couldn't tell- the translation is excellent!

  • Lindsay Alexander
    2018-12-02 00:56

    **DISCLAIMER: I received this book as an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway.***This book was...interesting. That's the only way I know how to describe it. The concept, storyline, and ending was not at all what I was expecting. Started out great, a little slow in the middle, but the ending nicely tied it all up. Not sure if I would read it again, but it was still good.

  • Ben
    2018-12-16 18:53

    Hercule Poirot, eat your brains out. Crooked, curmudgeonly Belgian cop murdered by serial killer; his reanimated corpse tries to crack the case. There's so much to enjoy in this book. And it's helped by the subtle, quirky tone of Belgian dark humor (exhibited so well by In Bruges) rather than the ham-fisted schlock more typical in zombie fiction.

  • Woody
    2018-11-23 00:56

    Surrealist, Belgian, crooked cop is murdered while hunting a serial killer. He returns as a zombie & the game of cat and mouse continues. While it's not really a horror novel, Hercule Poirot it ain't either.

  • Holly Castleman
    2018-11-21 23:05

    I learned what a sapeur is... and i kinda like them. it was a fun book however the last confrontation was very underwhelming. the story got confusing at times and the final conclusion was...random... not the worst or the best book I've ever read.

  • Jim Seitz
    2018-12-12 23:57

    zombie cop. serial killer. entertaining!

  • A.F. Henley
    2018-11-30 21:00

    Loved it. Easy to read, good characters. I can't wait for more (there's going to be more, right?)

  • Stacey Fletcher
    2018-11-23 02:02

    Not at all what you'd expect. Very very good with lots of intriguing twists!

  • Dave Holcomb
    2018-11-23 19:02

    Entertaining and enjoyable, "Styx" is a zombie story with a really big difference. Worth a try, although I probably would not read it a second or third time.

  • Serina Spencer
    2018-12-04 03:15

    I think I read this in 4 hours; interesting characters and plot, good pacing. Plus, it has art, time travel, a zombie cop, and Marvin Gaye; how could it be bad?

  • Tom
    2018-12-13 02:18

    I thought this was a clever idea, but the book is just not good. I couldn't finish it.

  • Kelly
    2018-11-27 00:04

    This was really different! Glad I picked it up. I hope there is a sequel.

  • Elwin M
    2018-12-08 23:17

    I couldn't put this book down. What a read!