Lowie Mortem

Chronicles of a Dead Detective

Fiction - Supernatural
190 Pages
Reviewed on 05/25/2018
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Author Biography

J. Rene Munz, born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, on January 31, 1974. He grew up in Aguadilla. He is the oldest of 5 children. From a very young age, he has been passionate about drawing and the visual arts. As a teenager, he began to explore street art or graffiti, and to collect comics from different American and Mexican publishers that were in vogue in the late 1980s. On one occasion, his school director offered him the opportunity to paint a mural on the handball court, this being his first exhibition work. In 1992, he began university studies under a certificate program at the Inter-American University, so he could obtain a better academic average to enter to study art. During that time, he kept making posters and illustrations for other students so he could pay his own expenses. He was part of the university’s theater association and graduated with high honors. In 1997, he began working in the Puerto Rico Police as an undercover agent. A profession where he put into practice everything learned in the police academy and in the theater workshops. In 2001, he became a regular investigative agent. In 2000, he joined the United States Army. In 2007 he started writing “Lowie Mortem Chronicles of a A Dead Detective” Inspired by his best friends murder and his admiration for actor Morgan Freeman. In 2010 He completed his military service. At this moment (June 2018), He’s still works for the Puerto Rico Police.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

The risen dead, ghosts, vampires, and demons roam the streets in Lowie Mortem (Chronicles of a Dead Detective) by J. Rene Munz. Thirty-five-year-old forensic detective Lowie Mortem was shot dead in the head while investigating a macabre crime scene in Metro City. He was brought back to life by a warlock who’s indebted to Lowie for saving his grandson. Stronger and possessing supernatural abilities, Lowie resumes his investigations and discovers evil forces behind certain cold cases, including his own demise. He stumbles upon Angelique, a vampire that has lived for centuries-the legendary “Dark Cross Templar”-and a misunderstanding nearly made the two kill each other before they joined forces to confront the real enemies.

The introduction gives us insight into the foundation of Lowie Mortem, which sprouted from Munz’s own 20-year experience of service as a Law Enforcement Agent, his passion for writing, and his appreciation for actor Morgan Freeman as a source of inspiration. I like the concept of the story which is propelled by an imaginative premise. The plot is fast-paced, sometimes a bit too fast as the narrative itself is succinct. That said, this suits the novel which is accentuated by its eye-catching comic-style illustrations. Lowie has all the traits of a good detective; tough, persistent, intuitive and attentive to details, albeit that he has his own flaws as well. The vampire Angelique adds a medieval fantasy flair to the noir-esque story, making Lowie Mortem a very consuming read for me. At its heart, this novel is a tribute to the brave men and women of police service; a commendable work from J. Rene Munz.