“Raymond Chandler could never have imagined an L.A. like this, where hard-boiled, private-eye vampires fight crime, as well as commit a few during lunch breaks.”
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In Mario Acevedo's follow-up to his delightfully irreverent 2006 debut, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, undead private detective Felix Gomez is faced with his wildest -- and deadliest -- case to date: solving the brutal murder of a renowned porn star with more than a few enemies.
A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Gomez went to the Middle East a soldier and came back a vampire. Now he's working as a private investigator and using his newfound abilities (reading people's auras, hypnotism, superhuman strength, etc.) to aid him with his cases. Based in Denver, Gomez is shocked by a visit from an erotic film actress named Katz Meow, who lives and works almost 1,000 miles away in the San Fernando Valley. Referred to Gomez through a mysterious acquaintance, Meow offers the Chicano P.I. $100,000 to help solve the murder of her best friend and partner, Roxy Bronze (the star of the infamous Super-Vixen Skank Fest, Volume Eight). With a laundry list of potential suspects -- a sleazy porn producer, a spurned ex-husband, an unscrupulous councilwoman, and a shady televangelist, to name a few -- Gomez accepts the lucrative case and travels to the West Coast, where he slowly begins making inroads: that is, until he crosses paths with a highly territorial SoCal vampire clan…
For fans of genre-blending sagas -- like Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Charlie Huston's Joe Pitt novels, and Simon R. Green's Nightside sequence -- who enjoy the mélange of mystery and fantasy, Acevedo's novels are an absolute must-read. Equal parts Raymond Chandler, Anne Rice, and Hugh Hefner, these laugh-out-loud-funny, darkly absurdist, and downright addictive novels will makes a fan out of anyone who reads them. The titles say it all… Paul Goat Allen
Hard-boiled action mixes with soft-core titillation in Acevedo's second novel featuring soldierâ€“ turnedâ€“vampire PI Felix Gomez (after 2006's The Nymphos of Rocky Flats), who's approached by porn actress Katz Meow to investigate the murder of her colleague Roxy Bronze. Before you can say XXX, Felix is off to California's San Fernando Valley and up to his fangs in intrigue implicating a vampire producer of adult films, a sham evangelist, a power-hungry local politician and the Araneum, the secret vampire hierarchy tasked with stamping out unorthodox human-vampire interactions. Felix endures the usual silver bullets and garlic, as well as several very human double crosses and miscalculations, before the story speeds to an unlikely conclusion that exposes a somewhat unconvincing villain. The novel's true appeal lies in its zippy banter and witty repartee on vampire lifestyle, particularly in Felix's ongoing partnership with Coyote, a low-rent vamp from the barrio. Acevedo has a natural flare for the hard-boiled idiom, and readers who enjoyed Felix's first adventure will find this follow-up equally entertaining. (Mar.)Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Emmy Award-winning actress Walker debuts as a novelist with this love letter to Venice, written in the guise of a romance about an American woman who takes a hiatus from her unhappy marriage. Former actress Nel is touring Europe with her famous musician husband Antony. After an argument, Nel impulsively leaves him on a train and returns to Venice. Taking a walk, she saves a lost Chihuahua from hooligans. The dog belongs to the aging Signora da Isola, called Lucy by friends. Soon Nel has checked out of her hotel, The Gritti Palace, and moved in with Lucy, a gifted gardener who has lived in self-imposed isolation since her husband's early death. Also staying in Lucy's historic palazzo, a former convent, is the handsome Matteo, who is restoring a fresco discovered on one of the walls. Soon Lucy, Matteo and Nel stumble upon a connection between the convent and Giorgione, a brilliant 16th-century painter whose La Tempeste is considered a masterpiece to equal Bellini or da Vinci. A young woman's letters are discovered, then the inevitable diary which describes Giorgione's love affair with a high-born, young Venetian woman named Clara. A talented artist herself, Clara was raised by a wicked stepmother who tried to thwart her talent and her romance. But Clara, who painted the fresco while pregnant with Giorgione's son, grabbed her brief shot at happiness before the Plague cut her and Giorgione's lives short. While Nel and her new friends learn more about Clara and Giorgione, she is increasingly drawn into the sense of community evolving among the art historians and scholars who surround Lucy, in particular sensitive Matteo. Nel occasionally talks by phone to Antony without resolving theirunspoken separation. Unfortunately, the novel's conversations and interactions seldom ring true, and Nel, with her pretentious musings, is not likable or believable. Only by skipping the plot and dialogue may Venice-lovers find kernels of pleasure in the physical/sensual description of the city's history, art, food and architecture.