THERE ARE MONSTERS IN THE WORLD
Captain Darren Matheson, of the L.A.P.D. Homicide Division was a pleasant enough fellow. But when the FBI uses him to track down news reporter Sebastian Hemlock as a "special investigator" he understandably is curious. Hemlock, learning that he had failed with his original killing of an undead creature, seeks a chance to redeem his integrity as well as gaining back the woman he had once loved. Captain Matheson thought the whole case as nothing but a waste of time. He had a murderer to catch!
Sebastian Hemlock had once been a respected news reporter. "Mister News" is what they used to call him. If there was a story to be found out, he usually was the one who uncovered it. That was until Phoenix, Arizona.
In 1991 the police were working on a series of murders. The victims were all drained of blood, the officials were not talking, and Hemlock soon discovered why. The killer was a vampire! With only his FBI friend to assist, the reporter went ahead, investigated, and tracked down the killer to destroy it.
Hemlock was soon betrayed!
After the vampire was laid to rest, Hemlock was shamed, fired, and couldn't get a job anywhere. His best friend turned on him, his girl left, and he was reduced to a tabloid job in Kansas City, Missouri.
Now...the vampire has returned!
We tell our children that there are no such things as monsters. We comfort them with the knowledge that we will always be there to protect them. What happens when we are proven wrong?
About the Author
DONALD ALLEN KIRCH lives in Kansas City, Missouri. He is an avid reader of history, Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, and the paranormal. He has a degree in Radio and Television Arts, and is listed in "Who’s Who in America." After spending two weekends in the famous "Sallie House," a "haunted house" featured on the Fox TV-series Sightings, in Atchison, Kansas, he is one of the only authors of his genre who can claim to have been attacked by a ghost!
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A Stake In Murder based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
“Don’t talk to your food,” the vampire Anton keeps reminding himself. It is good advice that he has difficulty following, because, after all, eating should be fun. The fun ends, however, when he is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Phoenix and is staked and his body burned. At least it seems that is an ending to Anton, until several years later in Los Angeles when a series of murders sets off an alarm in the Special Investigations Unit of the FBI. If history is repeating itself, the players from the Phoenix episode will need to work together. Unfortunately, the government cover-up after Phoenix ruined the career of Sebastian Hemlock, the staker, and it is unlikely that he would be willing to work with the FBI again. It falls to Captain Darren Matheson of the Homicide Division of L.A.P.D to pull together the team and frankly, he is not at all convinced that there is anything supernatural going on. As Homicide Detectives go, Capt. Matheson is the best of the best, although from his low-key manner it would be hard to guess. There is a serial murderer to catch, and be it human or vampire, Capt. Matheson is determined to stop him. It will take all his skills and stretch him to the limits of belief and relationships. The investigating group in Phoenix was betrayed as part of a government plan and the very same thing is happening in Los Angeles. A Stake in Murder takes the reader on a chills-and-thrills roller coaster ride. The author plunges you in a deep hole of depravity and then cheerfully dunks you into a vat of almost unbearable sweetness. Anton the vampire is a creature of your worst nightmares and Capt. Matheson is a lovely daydream of a police officer and husband. A Stake in Murder is full of such contrasts, and when they meet at a junction, the unexpected always happens, leaving the reader with a “whoaaaaaa” moment. The characters (including Anton, who is a sub-species of vampire) are absolutely unique and each with endearing and not-so-endearing quirks. As a matter of fact, ‘quirky’ is a good word to use in describing the book. It is a thoughtful, far-ranging, twisty journey that entertains, enlightens and scares one silly. The violence is graphic, nothing is sacred, and the careless evil is absolutely chilling. A Stake in Murder is a book not for the faint of heart, but then again, that IS the hallmark of outstanding horror.