Vamparazzi (Esther Diamond Series #4)

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Everything you know about vampires is wrong, as struggling actress Esther Diamond discovers after taking a job as a victim in The Vampyre, an off-Broadway cult hit in Manhattan. Not only is she besieged by fang-wearing vampire groupies, fanatical anti-vampire activists, and the bloodsucking paparazzi, but she also has to put up with broody lead actor Daemon Ravel, who claims to be a real vampire. But when one of Daemon's fan girls turns up dead?and drained of all her blood?Esther is determined to help. She turns ...

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Overview

Everything you know about vampires is wrong, as struggling actress Esther Diamond discovers after taking a job as a victim in The Vampyre, an off-Broadway cult hit in Manhattan. Not only is she besieged by fang-wearing vampire groupies, fanatical anti-vampire activists, and the bloodsucking paparazzi, but she also has to put up with broody lead actor Daemon Ravel, who claims to be a real vampire. But when one of Daemon's fan girls turns up dead—and drained of all her blood—Esther is determined to help. She turns to her friend Max, a 350-year-old magician. Meanwhile, Detective Connor Lopez, Esther's ex-almost-boyfriend, is convinced that Esther herself is the blood-sucking killer's next target.

Vamparazzi is the exciting fourth installment of the acclaimed Esther Diamond series.

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"Light-hearted, zany, suspenseful, surprising, and romanticVamparazzi is all of that and more. Don’t miss this fantastic new release." —SciFiChick

"This humorous mystery pokes more than a bit of fun at the vampire craze and Esther is a witty and charming heroine to follow. For anyone who enjoys a bit of paranormal with more than a dash of humor and a great mystery, check this book out and Esther's previous adventures." —Parkersburg News and Sentinel

"This is an unforgettable book. If you love vampires, humorous situations, and intrigue, go out and read it!" —Night Owl Reviews, Reviewer Top Pick

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756406875
  • Publisher: DAW
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Series: Esther Diamond Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 379,959
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Resnick was born in Chicago, and when she was a teenager her family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up in a family of writers, daughter of SF writer Mike Resnick, she never thought she would end up in a writing career, herself. A cum laude  graduate of Georgetown University, where she studied languages and linguistics. Laura can speak French and Italian. After college, she moved overseas for a few years, where she studed acting at London Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Laura Resnick can be found at sff.net/people/laresnick/.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    Vamparazzi is a laugh out loud urban fantasy satire

    Struggling actress Esther Diamond dreams of making it big on Broadway, but also knows that mythological and supernatural creatures exist (see Unsympathetic Magic and Doppelgangster). For instance one of her closest friends is bookstore owner Max, a three hundred and fifty years old retired vampire slayer who drank an alchemist elixir that does not make him immortal but he ages very slowly makes him look a normal middle aged man.

    Esther performs as the love interest in the off Broadway production of The Vampire starring Daemon Ravel as a man who believes he is a bloodsucker. She dislikes the narcissistic phony Daemon. One of his groupies Jane dresses up like his love interest and attacks Esther. The police find the corpse of Jane drained of blood. Esther's sort of boyfriend warns her she could be in danger as Jane is not the first victim. Concerned and frightened Esther Consults with Max as she believes a real Undead is the serial killing predator.

    Vamparazzi is a laugh out loud urban fantasy satire that lampoons the excesses of fandom, paparazzi and the sub-genre. Intrepid Esther is fearless as she chooses fight rather than flight by facing danger. The support cast adds humor or peril while anchoring a New York City where vamps, slayers and retirees reside. Laura Resnick writes an entertaining "bloodless" serial killer thriller starring a delightful kick butt (and other bodily parts) heroine.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

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    Lopez Needs to Go.

    PB/Urban Fantasy: This is book four in the series and my last. I gave it one more chance after the last book. Granted, this book is better, but Lopez needs to go. In my argument of the last book, it's time that Lopez believed what Max & Esther are telling the truth about all things paranormal. It's getting old and Lopez needs a replacement. I really wanted to like this book, but I figured who was the vampire by the second or third chapter. There were no surprises in the plot or Esther's love life. Again, she is a doormat and still not speaking up for herself. As for my biggest peeve of the book: continuity. It took me an hour to read the first scene that involved Esther and Lopez. Now, I'm not the fastest reader, but I'm not the slowest either. According to Esther, the conversation was only 20 minutes! There are a lot of time continuity problems in this book. Conversations take FOREVER(and while a dog is suffering, in this book and the last.) There is none of the witty banter that the first two books had. The middle of the book was okay, but the whole "three different kinds of vampires" was stupid. SPOILERS: The question of why Max doesn't like Lithuanians was still not answered which really made me mad. It tells how he knows them, but I being of Lithuanian decent would like to know. The end of the book was inconceivable. The secret vampire hunters show up with crossbows, in front of people in a public place, when showing up at three in the morning at a private residence would make so much more sense. Lopez has been undercover in a sewer all day and smells like poop. Esther cuts her hand and is bleeding. Lopez gives her his sweaty/poopy bandana (how sterile) to wrap around her hand; then Mr Smelly starts to lick her wound. It is not sexy thinking of a fictional character getting a staph infection. Yes, I understand that this book is supposed to be a comedy, but it was empty. I wanted more. Not only were there not many questions answered, there were no new questions that make me want to proceed with the next book. I wish I hadn't read past the first two books Disappearing Nightly and Doppelgangster.

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