Living Rich Off the Dead

Original publish date: 27 November 2014

I’m going to take a bit of wisdom from The Rembrants’ “I’ll Be There for You,” which you know from Friends: “So no one told you life was gonna be this way / Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s D.O.A.”

That’s it. That’s the crux of it: your life sucks and it’s going nowhere. At least, that’s how it seemed for 35 year old Hadley in Dave Hunter’s Reapers Inc. Hadley is a barista in Seattle, who just got fired because, you know, sex sells and coffee is no different than clothing or a car in that respect. When offered all the money he could want and an extended life by the odd guy who always bought black coffee, Hadley unwittingly commits himself to being, essentially, a grim reaper.

While reading this (I’m not sure if this is meant to be a novella or something more substantial in length), I was reminded of the short-lived series Dead Like Me, which offered a relatable springing point for the story in my mind. Throughout the text, it was rather unclear if it was meant to be utilizing American English or British English, but either way, there were some grammatical issues that ought to have been addressed. I found that the brief narrative provided a good introduction to the character of Hadley and the action builds until the very end, but then it kind of just stops right when it could be taking off, which is a large part of why I’m unsure if this is meant to be a novella or a novel.

Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

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