Vampyre PI Joe Pitt serves as the enforcer for the Manhattan vampyre Clan Society. Its leader, Terry, offers a zenlike philosophy in trying to woo other groups of the Vyrus-infected to unite with his own. When the Docks Clan rejects Terry, it becomes Joe's task to rid the earth of such scum, which he carries out with gory delight. If he has one soft spot, it is for Evie, a young woman dying of AIDS. A gift of his blood might cure her, but it could just as easily kill her. While weighing this heavy decision, Joe must deal with a freakish clan in Brooklyn that has close connections to a violent, prayerful group who consider the passing of the blood to its descendants a religious obligation. Well written and fast-paced, this third installment in Houston's Joe Pitt Casebooks noir series (after Already Dead; No Dominion) features all the hard-boiled action of the previous titles. While definitely not for the squeamish, it is recommended for public libraries where urban fantasies are popular.-Patricia Altner, BiblioInfo.com, Columbia, MD
The further, even gorier adventures of Joe Pitt, Vampyre extraordinaire (No Dominion, 2006, etc.). Unbeknownst to most, there are 4,000 undead sucking blood in Manhattan. Among them, the talented Joe Pitt has always been a sort of paradigm of Vampyre independence-until now. Suddenly, he's become an establishment figure, head of security for the powerful Society clan. There are obvious advantages to a regularized undead life. It's nice, for instance, to have a reliable blood stash. Even more importantly, Joe gets the time he needs to care for his beloved and seriously ailing girlfriend Evie. There's a price, of course. Joe has to go along to get along, and when he's assigned the onerous Brooklyn gig he grumbles but obeys. Something strange is stirring there, he's told: Go find out if we have to worry about a Vampyre Civil War. What Joe discovers is strange enough: a motley group of Chosen Vampyres, including a Rebbe out of Fiddler on the Roof, a Jewish mother out of a Henny Youngman sketch and a cadre of murderous warriors in battle yarmulkes. Readers whose world view is as bleak as Joe's won't be surprised when his mission comes to a bad end. "Like there's any other kind," he says dourly. Violent, often ugly, Huston's series is not for the squeamish, but fans will find this installment the best to date.