Welcome to the Fatman Archives, a free serial novel in three parts that began on Halloween, 2013 with Fatman Descends, continued in 2014 with Duke Is Dead, and concludes in 2015 with Know the Time.
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In Fatman Descends, Frogtown’s eccentric investigator, Fatman, discovers that light-rail construction has opened a portal to the underworld, where the vengeful dead are eager to escape. Fatman and his romantic partner, Doris, are rescued through the negotiations and machinations of the infamous criminal lawyer, Duke Black.
The attorney has some problems of his own in Duke Is Dead. For starters, he turns up stabbed to death on Fatman’s doorstep. He has seventy-two hours to find his killer and thus avoid a fate as one of the revenge-hungry dead who lurk beneath Frogtown. Duke enlists Fatman, and so the hunt is on.
The final installment, Know the Time, concerns Fatman’s ill-starred efforts to join his undead pals in a get-quick-rich scheme. He becomes the frontman for an app that offers users the chance to identify the day and hour of their death. Legal, moral and sexual trouble ensues.