Bury the dead . . .
The outbreak tore the USA in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness. They call it the Evacuated States.
It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead to deliver peace.
Now Homeland Security wants Marco, for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.
But in the wastelands of America, you never know who - or what - is watching you . . .
About the Author
V.M. Zito resides in Connecticut, USA with his wife and daughter. When not writing, he spends his weekdays working as Creative Director at a New England ad agency and his weekends running on forested trails, tripping over roots and rocks.
'Bloody excellent.' -- Financial Times 'Zito expertly piles on thrills, cliffhangers and numerous twists, investing renewed life into the shambling, cliche-ridden corpse of the zombie subgenre.' -- Guardian 'An overload of thrills, spills and adventure.' -- Sun 'Hands down one of the best zombie novels I've read in a long, long time. From first page to last, THE RETURN MAN is an astonishing read. With characters you genuinely give a damn about and a story that'll keep you turning page after page, this is an outstanding debut.' -- David Moody, author of Autumn 'In a word: relentless.' -- Sunday Telegraph 'Contagion meets Mad Max.' -- The Times '... a perfectly balanced layer cake of action and horror ... This is a stunning debut and matches the feelings I had when I first read the likes of World War Z and Hater ... you are unlikely to experience a better crafted and adrenalin fuelled thrill ride than V.M. Zito's novel THE RETURN MAN.' -- Liberation Frequency 'A page-turning, action packed, well-crafted debut novel that will take your breath away. Highly recommended.' -- The Founding Fields 'Henry Marco is a wonderful protagonist - inventive enough to be fun to read, and at the same time sufficiently complex to seem real ...A highlight of the subgenre.' -- Drying Ink, Best Horror Novel of 2011 'Thrilling.' -- Publishers Weekly 'The story is tremendous, totally gripping and orchestrated in such a way to keep the reader on their toes, with plenty of twists, turns and dramatic moments - this is one of those page turners that grip you completely.' -- Sfbook.com 'THE RETURN MAN is very highly recommended. This is a thought-provoking, suspenseful and above all gripping take on the Zombie Apocalypse sub-genre. Brilliant.' -- Civilian-reader.blogspot.co.uk 'Full-throttle, intense and not for night reading.' -- West Australian 20120418 'The Return Man is a cracking zombie novel ... It's a real page turner, it's action packed, the characters jump off of the page, it's unputdownable and it's one hell of a rollercoaster ride.' -- dogeardiscs.wordpress.com 20120418 'This is an outstanding piece of fiction. If it came from the pen of an established name I would say they were at the top of their game. For a first time writer, it is nothing short of an astonishing piece of work. I would heartily recommend it to anyone with a pulse. V. M. Zito is most definitely a writer to look out for.' -- geeksyndicate.wordpress.com 20120418 'I have to say that its one of my favourite zombie debuts of all time as well as making this a title that's going to be well up on my UF favourites for the year. It's well written and whilst the concept on paper is remarkably simple, it is one that will attract readers the world over as the stories hero is manipulated into doing the governments bidding ... All in a cracking story and when backed with an author whose writing style I couldn't get enough of, definitely a title to get before the hype hits.' -- falcatatimes.blogspot.co.uk 20120418 'Forget 28 Weeks or 28 Days Later - THE RETURN MAN is the most immediate, action packed tale of hunting and avoiding the undead that I have ever read. If you love the movies of George Romero, The Walking Dead comic books and tv show, then you are in for a real treat here ...' -- booksandwriters.wordpress.com 20120418 'The adventure in this book is astounding. The fight scenes are damn well done, told in such a gripping way you have to read faster and faster to find out what happens next ... you can emphasise with these characters. You feel proud at how they manage to keep going on, and you hope they get there and succeed ... ' -- sentientonline.net 20120418 'I enjoyed every terrifying bit of this book, and if you love zombies, good writing, and great storytelling, I think you will too!' -- mybookishways.com 20120418 'I wouldn't be surprised if we see a version of THE RETURN MAN on the big screen.' -- bookonaut.blogspot.co.uk 20120418 'Zito throws in an international intrigue and action angle that would make Tom Clancy green with envy.' -- www.scaryminds.com 20120418 'A strong debut.' -- techmonkeymag.com 20120418 '[THE RETURN MAN] absolutely mesmerised me ... An impressive debut novel. This is strongly recommended; those who enjoy classic horror will appreciate it, but it should also find an appreciative wider audience among those who enjoy well written, well plotted stories with very strong characterisation.' -- aussiespecficinfocus.wordpress.com 20120418 'The storyline is original, the characters are alive on the page, the action and gore scenes are top-notch, the writing is superb, and it's a fun time. This is a damn good book and it has potential to be a zombie classic.' -- buyzombie.com 20120418 'Compelling, captivating and at times hauntingly scary.' -- fantasybookreview.co.uk 20120418 'V.M. Zito has written an amazing book, so good I finished it in just two days.' -- themanlybookworm.blogspot.co.uk 20120418
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 13th March 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.57