The Girls with Games of Blood

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Alex Bledsoe brings us a thrilling tale of vampires and vengeance in Girls with Games of Blood.

The old song warned of the beautiful Bolade sisters, Patience and Prudence, whose undying rivalry was said to stretch even beyond the grave. But Count Rudolfo Zginski has never heard this song. A suave Continental vampire, staked to death more than sixty years ago, he has only recently risen again to stalk the nights of Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1975. Although new to the modern world,...

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Overview

Alex Bledsoe brings us a thrilling tale of vampires and vengeance in Girls with Games of Blood.

The old song warned of the beautiful Bolade sisters, Patience and Prudence, whose undying rivalry was said to stretch even beyond the grave. But Count Rudolfo Zginski has never heard this song. A suave Continental vampire, staked to death more than sixty years ago, he has only recently risen again to stalk the nights of Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1975. Although new to the modern world, he has quickly developed a taste for its luxuries—in particular, high-speed automobiles.

Yet the seventies are not without their perils, even for so cunning a predator. Zginski’s pursuit of a cherry 1973 Ford Mustang brings him into conflict with a legendary redneck sheriff with a short temper and a big baseball bat. His fascination with an enticing undead chanteuse and her equally seductive sister threatens not only his own ageless existence, but that of the small coven of modern-day vampires he has grudgingly taken under his wing. Zginski has escaped limbo once, but can he free himself from the tangled web of the girls who play games of blood?

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Praise for Alex Bledsoe

“Hot and sticky and tangy as a slab of Memphis ribs. A trippy vamp-noir seventies feed-fest, complete with the requisite sex, drugs, and vintage rock.”

—E. E. Knight, bestselling author of Vampire Earth on Blood Groove

“Bledsoe effortlessly draws readers into his created world and manages to stay true to both fantasy and mystery traditions.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review on Burn Me Deadly

“Bledsoe’s clever combination of noir and myth makes for an engaging story, and placing investigator Eddy at the center offers a fresh twist…. Fans of Bledsoe’s other blends of fantasy and noir will love his latest, and new readers will be able to jump right in.”

Booklist, starred review on Dark Jenny

“A perfect blend of Arthurian legend and hard-boiled detecting… Bledsoe skillfully combines humor, action, deduction, and emotion to make the material fresh and engaging for fans of both fantasy and noir.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review on Dark Jenny

Publishers Weekly
Bledsoe captures Tennessee's seamy side in this sordid, oppressive sequel to 2009's Blood Groove. Baron Rudolfo Vladimir Zginski stalks 1970s Memphis after 60 years in limbo. The unrepentantly racist, misogynist vampire sinks his fangs into a new obsession: a 1973 Mach I Mustang he buys from Zeb Crabtree, whose nubile white daughter, Clora, catches the eye of black vampire Leonardo Jones, Zginski's sidekick. Waitress Fauvette (an anti-Sookie Stackhouse) meets undead singer Patience Bolade at Zginski's club, the Ringside (an anti-Merlotte's), and tries to learn Patience's secret to surviving without drinking blood, while Prudence, Patience's estranged vampire sibling, hopes for vengeance over a love triangle with a Civil War colonel. Zginski rates as one of the genre's most repulsive protagonists, and Bledsoe's polished prose can't make up for the shock tactics he uses to propel the plot. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765363565
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,436,542
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

ALEX BLEDSOE is the author of the Eddie LaCrosse novels (The Sword-Edged Blonde, Burn Me Deadly, Dark Jenny, and Wake of the Bloody Angel) and the novels of the Tufa (The Hum and Shiver and Wisp of a Thing). Bledsoe grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He now lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

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    an entertaining but over the top of the Smokey Mountains historical vampire tale.

    He had survived for ages until 1915 when Baron Rudolfo Vladimir Zginski was staked through the heart. In 1975 pathologist Patricia Johnson withdraws the cross from the mummified corpse, which revives the dormant dead Continental vampire. In Memphis, when he meets some moronic young hippie vamps, he reluctantly takes the kids under his wings (see Blood Groove).

    Mentoring vamps is not easy for a vowed misogynist; especially the push for gender and racial equality when he knows he is the superior breed due to his aristocratic heritage, sex and race, yet his sidekick is black Leonardo Jones. However, he has a new passion with the modern age and buys a 1973 Mustang from Zeb Crabtree while Jones wants to bite Zeb's daughter, Clora. At the Ringside Club Rudolfo owns, his waitress Fauvette meets undead singer Patience Bolade who like her estranged sister Prudence thrives without drinking blood. Zeb wants to bring the battling sisters past their civil war fight to the modern age as he wants to taste both Bolade babes; unaware how nasty a baseball bat can be when it strikes the head of even a vampire when the hitter swings for the fences.

    Not for everyone as the Baron may be sophisticate and suave, but he also is a malicious racist, nasty sexist and arrogant elitist. Starting with the opening profound one word profanity at the bar the story line is filled with gore, action, and gore as the Baron goes after sisters of the blood in an entertaining but over the top of the Smokey Mountains historical vampire tale.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Give me more

    Really enjoyed the characters and the story line. Please more books about the other brothers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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