The Thirteenth Step: Zombie Recovery

By Michele W. Miller 03/14/14

Eight people escape decimated New York. They have only one thing in common: the addict gene—which grants them the mysterious ability to evade detection by the undead.

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The same genetic quirk that makes alcoholics and addicts susceptible to booze and drugs gives them a mysterious ability to evade detection by the undead. But one gene in common isn't enough to unite them. They’re an unlikely crew: A Botoxed Upper Eastsider; a drug dealer rescued from lockup; a resentful daughter of addicts; an insecure AA guy; a Japanese ex-dope fiend; an addicted Ivy Leaguer; and a Mexican immigrant. Dodging natural and unnatural disasters, drugged lunatics, and the living dead, they struggle to face their personal demons, accept one another, and find a new life. They think they’ve reached the end of their trek when they encounter a settlement that takes A.A. to fundamentalist extremes. They have to make a choice… one they may not survive.


"A humorous and surprising satire of both the zombie apocalypse and the culture of addiction…A well-written, thoughtful treatment not just of a popular literary trope but of a nagging social issue." -KIRKUS REVIEWS

The zombie apocalypse is not the story; it's the setting. This thought-provoking commentary on 12-Step culture -- our pitfalls, majesty and volatility -- is the treasure inside this story...This book ranks as a strong buy from this analyst." -REBELLIONDOGSPUBLISHING.COM

"What makes this book stand out, besides its great pacing and true-to-life dialogue, is the characters and their relation to one another...It's a striking look at the ills of society…a study of human nature in the guise of a horror novel..." -HELLNOTES.COM

"Michele Miller has had more lives than a cat, and they've made her a writer of passion and substance." -Lawrence Block, Edgar Award winner & New York Times bestselling author

2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist.


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Michele W. Miller is an attorney and author living in Manhattan. She has a black belt in the Jaribu System of Karate and makes a mean fried chicken, but her real claim to fame is that she was once the WBLS Woman’s New York City Roller Disco Champion (true story). You can follow her on Twitter.