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Charlie Huston is an anomaly, an epiphany, simultaneously a breath of fresh air and a steel-toed kick to the groin; he is a foul-mouthed, scathingly sardonic literary gift from the gods to all those oft-neglected mystery and fantasy fans who have been in search of something "different" among the never-ending flood of formulaic regurgitation.
Blending vampire mythos and hard-boiled crime fiction à la Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy with a healthy dose of in-your-face attitude, Huston's second installment of his critically acclaimed Joe Pitt saga is a visceral, eviscerating masterwork set in a near-future New York City where, unbeknownst to the majority of the population, several powerful and highly territorial groups of vampires are thriving in dark recesses. In a world where clan affiliation -- the Coalition, the Society, the Enclave, etc. -- can mean the difference between life and death, Joe Pitt is a loner. But being a "rogue" makes him a commodity, especially when it comes to looking into troublesome extra-tribal situations. Running desperately low on blood and money -- and dealing with a drop-dead-gorgeous, HIV-positive girlfriend who's going through yet another round of treatments -- Pitt is forced to take a job investigating a strange new drug that has been turning vampires into addicts. But soon enough, Pitt starts "harshing people's mellows" and finds himself in the middle of what could be an all-out clan war…
Down-and-dirty crime fiction, dark fantasy, and bloodsucking horror fans alike who have yet to experience the twisted genius of Charlie Huston are strongly urged to do so immediately. Like the innumerable characters in his Joe Pitt saga that become irrevocably changed when infected by the vampiric virus, readers who sample any of Huston's works will become similarly transformed into lifelong fans. Pure pulp manna. Paul Goat Allen