The world of the bibliophile and the vampire merge in Monahan's chronicle of Vincent DeVilbiss, a 500-year-old defrocked priest with a few bad habits. For the most part, he lives the life of a gentleman and a scholar. However, his interest in women ranges from the erotic to the gastronomic, and from time to time he's prone to various acts of mayhem. Modern-day sunscreen lotions, contact lenses, and other benefits of technology allow him full access to the daytime world. DeVilbiss has been commanded to destroy two ancient scrolls, recently acquired by Princeton University, that pose a danger to demonic overlords far more dangerous than he. Librarian Simon Penn becomes increasingly at risk as he learns about the scroll's forbidden knowledge; eventually, he is matched against the vampire in a final confrontation. As the story unfolds, the church takes a few lumps as an organization not necessarily functioning in the best interests of humanity. Monahan does a credible job of creating the raison d'etre for the existence of vampires. Stylish, well-crafted fiction with veins of dark humor; this is a book you can sink your teeth into.