Detective Raphael Styx has been chasing a serial killer named
the Stuffer for six months. He finally has what he feels could
be a good lead, and sadly he is correct. Styx finds the
Stuffer, who then shoots and kills him. But when Styx wakes up
from being shot through the heart he realizes something is not
right. First, he woke up. Second, his body is decaying. Third, he
has bullet holes in him, and most importantly he is not dead.
STYX now uses the chance he has been given to turn over a new
leaf. No longer will he be the dirty cop who does not care
about anyone but himself. He is going to stop this
killer and try to be a better person, even if occasionally a
finger does fall off. STYX doesn't know how much time he has
left and going out in public is difficult, so with the help of
his partner they track down the killer who is determined to
find STYX's body so it can be stuffed and displayed.
STYX is an very interesting twist on the cop-chases-serial-killer storyline. It also
delves into how a bad cop facing his own mortality changes and does what is right.
A mystery and a paranormal combine to make a character that
can keep going no matter how hard you try to kill him.
Hopefully no one will figure out to go for the brain. STYX is
the first in what I feel will be many more to come. It's going
to be interesting to see how they keep this protagonist alive.
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 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
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
Complex and compelling, full of suspense, action, and
black humor, Styx is an exciting thriller with an
intriguing protagonist and evocative setting.