This sporadically gruesome and nearly always frightening horror tale is not for the squeamish or faint of heart, but readers enthralled by things that go bump in the night are in for a treat. When journalist Anne Nielson goes to London to investigate the death of her sister Judi, a drug-addicted prostitute, she finds herself enmeshed with the denizens of Judi's nightmarish world: dealers, pimps, sadomasochists and, most horribly, the Monster, a member of the Kind--a ghoulish race kept eternally alive by eating humans and ingesting their dreams. Newman ( The Night Mayor ) pits his spirited heroine against this fiend in several brutal, shocking and tense encounters. One might expect that the immortal Monster would have the upper hand, but Anne, certain that he killed her sister, proves a formidable foe. Will her dreams be won by the Kind? Fans of the genre should enjoy finding out. (Nov.)
When her sister is found dead in London's Soho district, journalist Anne Nielson begins a private investigation that leads her to a sordid underworld of prostitution, drugs, and kinky sex before plunging her into a terrifying nightmare world inhabited by an immortal killer who feeds off the lives and dreams of his victims. Graphic descriptions of sex and violence place this novel by the author of The Night Mayor (Carroll & Graf Pubs., 1990) firmly inside the boundaries of splatter fiction. Newman's heady surrealism and knife-edge prose, however, give the story a sophistication that is unusual to the genre. Recommended, with qualifications, for libraries with strong horror collections.