Civilization is gone.
He stayed to bury the dead.

The outbreak tore the USA in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness, known by survivors as the Evacuated States. It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead and delivers 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.

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‘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, Acclaimed Author of

‘Expertly piles on thrills, cliffhangers and numerous twists, investing new life into the shambling, cliche-ridden corpse of the zombie subgenre.’
– The Guardian

‘An overload of thrills, spills and adventure.’
– The Sun

‘A highlight of the subgenre.’
– Drying Ink

‘… matches the feelings I had when I first read the likes of WORLD WAR Z and HATER. Even if you are not a lover of horror and zombies you are unlikely to experience a better crafted adrenalin-fuelled thrill ride than V. M. Zito’s novel THE RETURN MAN.’
– Liberation Frequency