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Adaptation Watch: Daniel José Older’s BONE STREET RUMBA Series Optioned for TV and Film

halfresurrectionI should listen to my instincts. Some weeks back, a copy of Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older arrived at SF Signal HQ. As I like to do, I thumbed through it a bit, read the first page and found it interesting, which is only notable if you consider my casual relationship with Urban Fantasy. But as you might guess, I have several to-read piles…so on one of them this one went.

Well, there’s nothing like a film adaptation to re-ignite my interest in a book…

Deadline is reporting that Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose has optioned TV and film rights to Daniel José Older’s urban fantasy series Bone Street Rumba, the first book of which (Half-Resurrection Blues) was published just two weeks ago by Roc Books. The central character of the story, Carlos Delacruz, is an agent in the so-called New York Council of The Dead. Carlos is an “inbetweener”, someone who has been partially resurrected from the dead, and he’s not the only one. Carlos deals with other supernatural beings to preserve the delicate balance between life and afterlife.

Here’s the book description to whet your appetite:


“Because I’m an inbetweener—and the only one anyone knows of at that—the dead turn to me when something is askew between them and the living. Usually, it’s something mundane like a suicide gone wrong or someone revived that shouldn’ta been.”

Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead’s most unusual agents—an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind—until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death.

One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He’s summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague. They’ve already taken out some of NYCOD’s finest, leaving Carlos desperate to stop their master before he opens up the entrada to the Underworld—which would destroy the balance between the living and the dead.

But in uncovering this man’s identity, Carlos confronts the truth of his own life—and death.

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.
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