Cold Streets (Vampire Files Series #10)

Cold Streets (Vampire Files Series #10)

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by P. N. Elrod

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Vampire detective Jack Fleming's latest venture-the Lady Crymsyn nightclub-has become the favorite haunt for Chicago's elite. But amongst his patrons lurk a smarmy blackmailer and a dangerous up-and-coming mobster from New York-both unaware how deadly Jack can be when blood is spilled...


Vampire detective Jack Fleming's latest venture-the Lady Crymsyn nightclub-has become the favorite haunt for Chicago's elite. But amongst his patrons lurk a smarmy blackmailer and a dangerous up-and-coming mobster from New York-both unaware how deadly Jack can be when blood is spilled...

Editorial Reviews

Chicago sleuth Jack Fleming is no ordinary private investigator. He's a vampire. In this latest Vampire Files nugget, our bloodthirsty hero roams the Windy City's most dark and dangerous streets searching for his betrayer. A fantastic mystery.
Publishers Weekly
The ninth entry in Elrod's Vampire Files series offers clever characterization, wicked wit and palatable mayhem, played out on the chilly streets of 1938 Chicago (nicely evoked in Steve Stone's dark, wintry dust jacket art), six months after the action in Lady Crymsyn (2000). Vampire gumshoe Jack Fleming and his intrepid English partner, Escott, successfully rescue a kidnap victim, but find their heroics spoiled when it looks like the head kidnapper will get away with his nefarious deed. While bringing their socialite-psycho villain to justice, they also manage to become embroiled in a challenge to their gangster pal Gordy Weems's turf and to straighten out a love quadrangle involving Gordy, his radio actress girlfriend, Adelle Taylor, and her ex-husband and his new wife, Faustine Petrova, an exotic Russian ballerina with an accent thick enough to spread with caviar. Meanwhile, there's Jack's nightclub, the Lady Crymsyn, to run, with help from perky Bobbi Smythe, Jack's chanteuse girlfriend, and Myrna, the Crymsyn's resident ghost. Jack's powers of super-hypnosis and dematerialization are taxed beyond even his supernatural limits, and the latest audio technology, mob politics and a meat-house torture scene worthy of Wes Craven come into the picture before this entertaining detective romp is over. (Jan. 7) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Thwarting a kidnapping, an attempted murder, and a mob war are all in a night's work for Jack Fleming, vampire, part-time investigator, and owner of the Lady Crymsyn nightclub. After helping his friend Charles Escott free a young girl from her kidnappers, Jack wants to make sure justice is served. Thus, he uses his vampiric power to hypnotize the crooks into confessing all to the police. What Jack does not realize is that the leader of this malicious group, one Gilbert Dugan, is a psychopath and therefore immune to Jack's form of persuasion. His troubles only increase when a mob war breaks out inside his club, and Jack's mobster friend, Gordy Weems, is shot by a gangster wanting to take over Gordy's territory. Set in Chicago in 1938, Elrod's tenth entry in her "Vampire Files" series features a wonderful cast of characters and a great deal of suspense leavened with touches of humor. Recommended for general and YA collections.-Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Columbia, MD

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Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
Vampire Files Series, #10
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.66(h) x 1.06(d)

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Cold Streets (Vampire Files Series #10) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The detective/vampire is envolved with the mob. He owns a nightclub which the mob uses as a safe place to do business. You never know what is going to happen next. Don't miss this book, its a great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The latest book in the Fleming series, it expands even more on the characters that we were introduced to in BloodList. We learn a little more of the dark side of Jack, and the romantic side of Escott, his ever faithful friend. Elrod has definitly outdone herself with this new expansion in Jack's personality. Also allowing the bad-guy to get away leaves the door open to the continuing series. So many questions remain in this series, while so few answers come in. Definitly captivating and a must-read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In wintry 1938 Chicago, four thugs kidnap sixteen year old Sarah Gladwell, a teen with the intelligence of a ten year old. As instructed, Sarah¿s mother Vivian avoids the police, but hires private investigator Charles Escott and his partner Jack Fleming, owner of the Lady Crymsyn nightclub who are considered off limits by the mob. As a vampire, Jack has several handy qualities to include becoming invisible. He rides alongside Vivian though the woman does not know he is there. After the money drop, Jack rescues the girl and captures the four criminals. He hypnotizes them into confessing, but one of them, the ringleader Hurley Dugan, fails to react to his suggestion, claiming innocence, a circumstance that only drunks and the insane can accomplish. Worse, Hurley, hiding in Jack¿s vehicle, realizes that the sleuth is a vampire when he sees Jack drink the blood of a cow. Now Hurley is blackmailing Jack, who plans to have justice his style. The latest entry in the Vampire Tales is an exciting supernatural detective tale. As with the previous books in this series, the novel combines hard boiled sleuths, gangster with and without hearts, and a nightcrawler into a delightful story line that brings home the COLD STREETS of 1938 Chicago. The twist this time is the prime villain knows his enemy and plans to use it to advantage, leading to readers having one of the better tales in an intriguing series. Harriet Klausner