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Resident Evil: City of The Dead is a novelization of the video game Resident Evil 2 published in 1999 by Stephani D. Perry. It is the third Resident Evil novel written by Perry and the fourth novel in chronological order. It was re-published in 2012 by Titan Books. In 2005, the book was published in Japanese by C-NOVELS with new artwork by Wolfina.
Through a series of newspaper clippings, it is established that Raccoon Cityhas been free of T-virus related deaths for the past month, though the curfew is expected to last until September. Committed to solving the cannibalistic murders of early Summer, Police Chief Brian Irons and Mayor Devlin Harris agree to expand the police force with 10-12 new recruits. The local S.T.A.R.S., disbanded for "gross mishandling" of the investigation, has been reported as missing; the media interprets this as proof they do not care about the local crisis. The expansion of the force and lack of recent killings makes Irons more popular to the townspeople, and talk arises of him running for Mayor in the upcoming election. In other news, the Umbrella chemical plant near Downtown Raccoon City is reportedly due for a major overhaul to support greater demand for vaccine synthesis in its laboratories. With the Raccoon City Police Department finishing its own renovation and the closing down the street in front of the main gate due to mysterious cracks in the pavement, Umbrella spokeswoman Amanda Whitney assures readers Umbrella will not cause problems for commutes. On September 21 a young woman named Shanna Williamson is attacked by a drunk transient matching the general description of the cannibal killers. Fear of the serial killings returns to Raccoon City.
Later, on September 26, Jill returns to her apartment for the first time in weeks, finding it ransacked by Umbrella. Since the attack on Barry's house and their actions in Maine, the S.T.A.R.S. survivors (sans Rebecca) have been hiding out at Brad Vickers' house. Hearing about two attacks over the week, Barry suspects it to be a PR stunt by Umbrella, who would save the day and end talk of the Mansion Incident once and for all. Jill is skeptical however, and considers that Umbrella is very bad with containing outbreaks.Ready to investigate Umbrella at their Austrian headquarters (though suspecting Umbrella's "real" headquarters to be elsewhere), Jill reunites with Chris and Barry and they set off for their plane in New York.
On the night of October 3, rookie police officer Leon Kennedy is driving to Raccoon City from New York, not having been there since his grandparents were alive. Expecting the traffic to be bad, he made sure to call the desk sergeant the night before, but got no reply. With the traffic ruining his Afternoon, he has no time to check out his apartment and will have to start his shift immediately. Thinking about the murder reports, Leon is confident that Irons will assign him to the murder case when he finds how professional he is. A Lost in his thoughts, he nearly has an accident ten miles from the city as a zombie dog runs in front of his jeep on an eerily deserted stretch of highway. As he arrives in Raccoon City, he notices that the city is seemingly abandoned, going straight through a street with a number of bars and no one around. He is comforted when he sees two men shamble down, believing they must be drunk. Leon puts the brakes on his car when he sees a murder of crows surrounding some roadkill. Looking closer, he recognises it as a partially devoured woman. After examining the woman, he hears groans behind him, and is surrounded by zombies. Eventually admitting that they are zombies, Leon is forced to escape on foot, bullets having little effect and being separated from the car.
Meanwhile, Claire Redfield is on her way into Raccoon City, looking for her brother, Chris. With him dropping out of contact the previous month, she finally started calling the RPD and Chris' friends Barry Burton and David Ford. With none of the three answering, she had decided to drive to Raccoon City straight from college. Arriving in the city, she notes the city is abandoned as well, though sees a large group of apparently-drunken people walking down a road. She stops at Emmy's, a diner where she and Chris usually met. Entering, she finds the diner empty - this is odd given it is an all-night diner and isn't even 9PM. As she's about to leave, she hears a grunt in the corner. The grunt is revealed to be coming from a zombie as it devours a headless waitress. Claire tries to flee, but sees more zombies assembled outside the front door. As she runs through the back door, she meets Leon. They run to a police car as zombies increase in number, speeding down the streets. Unbeknown to them, a zombie is in the backseat, Leon purposefully crashes the car to keep it from biting Claire. As they recover, they see a truck speeding toward them, both escape by mere seconds before they're separated by the resulting explosion. Leon tells Claire to head to the police station and that they'll meet up later. Both make their way to the Police Department. Leon reaches the police department via the streets behind a gun shop, whose owner has been recently killed by zombies.
At the end, the S.T.A.R.S. Exeter, Maine branch arrive and evacuate the survivors.