A Passing Curse [NOOK Book]

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Vampires. Veteran homicide cop Reese Tarrant does not believe in vampires. But when he is kicked off the LAPD for shooting serial killer Richard Lamb, dubbed the ?Anaheim Vampire? for drinking the blood of thirteen women, and follows the trail to billionaire Ajax Rasmussen, strangely pale and living in a palatial mansion overlooking the Pacific, he starts to wonder.

Archeologist Rusty Webber has been hired by Ajax to investigate Indian skeletons found behind the Santa Marina ...

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A Passing Curse

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Overview

Vampires. Veteran homicide cop Reese Tarrant does not believe in vampires. But when he is kicked off the LAPD for shooting serial killer Richard Lamb, dubbed the “Anaheim Vampire” for drinking the blood of thirteen women, and follows the trail to billionaire Ajax Rasmussen, strangely pale and living in a palatial mansion overlooking the Pacific, he starts to wonder.

Archeologist Rusty Webber has been hired by Ajax to investigate Indian skeletons found behind the Santa Marina Mission. It is a job she views with ambivalence: the last time she worked for Ajax, searching for Dracula’s tomb, she was nearly raped and executed by Romanian rebels. Rusty doesn't trust Ajax, but he has the money to resurrect a career stalled by charges she killed a fellow archeologist.

Ajax Rasmussen, imperially slim CEO of Cirrus Industries, the world's premier chemical conglomerate and whole blood fractionator, is a respected businessman and philanthropist, owns a dozen Picassos, courts royalty, prime ministers, and presidents, and is a success by any standard.

Reese is in the formerly quiet town only a few days when a priest is found butchered and hanging by his feet at the mission, the owner of a gothic book store is drained of blood, and a young cop Reese has befriended is hacked to death. When Rusty is arrested for killing the priest, Reese provides an alibi and they soon find themselves coming to the conclusion that Ajax may not be the man he claims to be.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044435414
  • Publisher: C. R. Trolson
  • Publication date: 4/8/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 650,318
  • File size: 461 KB

Meet the Author

I'm a Bay Area writer, living near the beach with my wife. I have been writing for a number of years and spent a good deal of time researching aspects of this book such as forensic procedure, both police and archeological, the quacks, scientists, and entrepreneurs that make up the blood business, mission life in Old California, as well as the customs and myths of the Caneleno Indians and the Franciscans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    950 pages

    This free book was almost 1000 pages long! The editing was pretty good too. The genre was a paranormal, murder detective story, so the plot was a bit different. There is quite a bit of blood, guts, and gore, some pretty detailed. There is murder, some sex and other adult themes. There is a lot of characters in this book. So many were introduced so fast, I had to make a list of who was who, until I could keep them straight. The characters were well rounded, likable and some were rather quirky. I am not very fond of paranormal books, but this one was actually pretty good. I thought it was a plain old detective mystery until I started reading it. It has some unique convolutions in the plot. For adults.

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    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Bad

    Didnt make any sense. Too many characters that had no connection to each other introduced too quickly then just dropped, plot very dull. Would bot recimmend. Gave up at pg 165. Just too dull to continue further.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    A passing glance

    I enjoyed the story, and appreciated that it depicted the supernatural aspect in a more novel way the the usual tired rehash of a vampire story. The two heroic characters had depth and were likeable. The protagonist was suitably creepy. I found myself getting just as exasperated with the police chief as the hero did. The archeological scenes were interesting. Overall the book was a little long, it could have used some tightening up of the storyline, but I would recommend the read anyway.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Very good

    I enjoyed this story, i amsurprised it was free and good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Plausable vampire mystery

    Complex plot, reasonable explaination for the vampire stuff, impulsive hero, intreped girlfriend. The cannon not so much.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Well written, gritty detective story with a twist!

    This is not your average, often predictable detective novel. A Passing Curse weaves a story that includes a strong female lead character, tough enough to stand toe to toe with a jaded, LA police veteran. Both characters encounter the unexpected in a man out of time whose beginnings hint at the supernatural. A fast read from a new author! I look forward to the next!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Recommend

    Interesting story line. Over 900 pages, it was a bit long in coming to the end.

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