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Dark Road Rising
     

Dark Road Rising

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by P. N. Elrod
 

View our feature on P.N. Elrod’s Dark Road Rising.The first new Vampire Files novel in four years!

Vampire P.I. Jack Fleming is playing babysitter to Gabriel “Whitey” Kroun, a dangerously unstable mobster—and newly-created vampire—with deadly secrets to hide.

As Jack tries to unravel the mystery surrounding

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View our feature on P.N. Elrod’s Dark Road Rising.The first new Vampire Files novel in four years!

Vampire P.I. Jack Fleming is playing babysitter to Gabriel “Whitey” Kroun, a dangerously unstable mobster—and newly-created vampire—with deadly secrets to hide.

As Jack tries to unravel the mystery surrounding Kroun’s undead state, he gets caught between his charge’s violent outbursts and some syndicate torpedoes looking to rub them both out, leaving him vulnerable to an even deadlier threat— the return of an old enemy desperate to unlock the secrets of Jack’s vampire immortality.

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Publishers Weekly

Elrod ties up some loose ends from Cold Streets and picks up where 2006's Song in the Dark left off in Jack Fleming's swaggering 12th adventure. Jack, a hard-boiled vampire PI/club owner in 1938 Chicago, subdues and wins over Gabe "Whitey" Kroun, "a big bad gang boss" from New York whom Jack soon discovers is also undead. Whitey's vampire blood helps Jack's best friend, Charles Escott, survive a deadly infection and injuries from a nasty fight, but it may turn him into a bloodsucker. Elrod sometimes gets too caught up in nostalgic gangster-style chatter, but the action is solid, and while newcomers might feel like they've wandered into a half-finished film starring Humphrey Bogart and Vincent Price, fans will be thrilled. (Sept.)

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Library Journal
The 12th book in Elrod's series (after Song in the Dark) follows the adventures of vampire Jack Flemming, now living in 1930s Chicago. Owner of a nightclub, Jack has made friends within the mobster community and has visited New York honcho Gabriel "Whitey" Kroun, who is a new member of the undead with a dark, frightening secret. Kroun has difficulty remembering his past and must search through dangerous territory to find answers. For Jack, the psychic wounds he suffered when he was tortured by the psychopathic thug Bristow have yet to heal. Still, he offers to help the clearly suffering Kroun. VERDICT As usual, Elrod does a fantastic job of creating well-developed characters and a fast-paced plot. Unfortunately, the first quarter of the book is mostly backstory filled with names and events of previous novels having little to do with the main plot. However, once the story takes off, it is impossible not to keep turning the pages. For series fans and vampire aficionados.—Patricia Altner, BiblioInfo.com, Columbia, MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441017553
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Vampire Files Series , #12
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 7.99(h) x 1.09(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

P.N. “Pat” Elrod, best known for The Vampire Files and the Jonathan Barrett: Gentleman Vampire series, co-edited Time of the Vampires, and has stories in several other anthologies.  A great fan of Forever Knight, she collaborated with actor Nigel Bennet (LaCroix) on Keeper of the King and His Father’s Son.  She is currently working on a new set of toothy titles and branching into the mystery and science fiction genres.

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Dark Road Rising (Vampire Files Series #12) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
This book (and the entire series) winningly combines a retro 30s vibe with Chicago gangsters, engaging mysteries and supernatural vampire elements. This installment features the personable and vulnerable protagonist, nightclub owning vampire Jack Fleming, and an enigmatic/secretive vampire mobster named Gabe (Whitey) Kroun. The mystery surrounding Kroun is absorbing and the book, usually written in the first person perspective of Fleming, alternatively takes up Kroun's fascinating perspective. Fleming agrees to watch Kroun when he refuses to return to New York and becomes indebted to him when Kroun saves Fleming's friend, Charles Escott, from a fatal infection. Interspersed with action, the plot includes assassination attempts on Kroun and Fleming from an unknown quarter and kidnapping/torture by an old enemy. The only flaw is occasional overuse of wise-guy dialogue, but overall reading is not diminished. I recommend this book and the entire series to anyone who enjoys retro noir dective fiction enhanced by supernatural elements.
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randime More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the story but should have read the book in sequence from the beginning. I think I would have understood the characters better if i had read it in sequence.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1938 Chicago, Jack Fleming is trying to recover from the worst trauma of his life. To add to his problems The New York mob sent Gabe "Whitey" Kroun to the Windy City to kill Jack as retaliation for killing one of their associates. In addition to worrying about that, Jack' best friend Charles Escott ends up in the hospital with severe life threatening injuries. Gabe gets turned into a vampire before he can kill Jack but a bullet in his head limits his skills. Jack has to deal with him while handling other threats that come his way. Time and place are captured through the vernacular though perhaps mobster talk is a bite or two overdone. Still readers will enjoy the escapades of a sensitive vampire whose vulnerabilities make him fresh as he stands out from the supernatural crowd; yet he seems to end up in mob messes that require a hard boiled Noir reaction from him when all he wants to do is spend nights at his club Lady Crymyn. The pathos of the three males will stun the audience as P.N. Elrod follows up SONG IN THE DARK with more dangerous adventures on the mean COLD STREETS of Chicago at a time when Capone was a guest at Alcatraz, but danger remains high. Harriet Klausner