Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers. He was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shovelled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series. The Stretch and The Bombmaker were filmed by Sky One. You can find out more from his website, www.stephenleather.com.
Once Bittenby Stephen Leather, James Langton
As a psychologist for the Los Angeles police department, Jamie Beaverbrook has seen it all. Or so he thinks until the night a full moon brings out the crazies, including Terry Ferriman. Trouble is, Terry isn’t exactly crazy. But how else can the police explain finding the girl in an alley off Sunset, crouched over a man’s lifeless body, her mouth smeared with blood? After an interview that is unsettling at best, the good doctor decides to dig deeper into Terry’s story. What he discovers is that a world he previously imagined to exist only in horror movies is actually flourishing in the shadows of L.A. Vampires are real, walking among and feeding on humans every day. Beaverbrook knows he should be frightened, but his fascination with Terry is all-consuming. And when he realizes that a shadowy government organization has captured several vampires, including Terry, Beaverbrook must decide just whose side he is on…
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A different approach to the vampire story but it felt like something was missing. I was a little dissappointed.
Being a clinical psychologist for the LAPD, Dr. Jamie Beaverbrook has been involved in every unbelievable crime conceivable. He has heard all manner of excuses, recommended treatment as deemed necessary, and helped prosecute those hiding behind the veil of insanity. When Jamie encounters the bizarre crime Terri Ferriman has been accused of committing, he feels there may be no test created or appropriate line of treatment written to figure out what happened. Terri claims innocence even though she was arrested standing over a savagely attacked man drained of all his blood. The more Jamie tries to figure out motive for the crime and determine if Terri is guilty, innocent, or insane he is drawn into a web of seduction with her that crosses every professional line he vowed to uphold. Her mysterious manner becomes intoxicating, her sense of darkness alluring, and while he fights it Jamie knows that she is taking him somewhere he should not go but so wants to be wherever she is hiding. Jamie is not listening to the signals going on in his head that tell him something is not right with this woman even though she passes all of his tests. Her story may seem sincere but why do so many things not add up to fit her in this time, let alone century. Jamie believes in science facts, not tales of smoke and mirrors. Terri may have some power he is not aware of, and could she may truly be something he refuses to believe exists. When the alphabet soup of national security steps in Jamie knows, whatever he does from this moment on is life altering. If Jamie crosses the line of being able to make factual decisions into those ruled by his heart he cannot step back without consequences. In the end, Jamie takes the facts and feelings he has and comes to a realization that makes him decide how he wants to live with the truth. This book is so both scary and fascinating giving readers so much more than you can possibly imagine coming from one book. Read this book multiple times to allow yourself to understand everything that is going on and learn something new with each read.