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Song in the Dark (Vampire Files Series #11)

Song in the Dark (Vampire Files Series #11)

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by P. N. Elrod

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Nearly tortured to death by a New York gangster, Vampire P.I. Jack Fleming gave the punk his just desserts. But now the mob bosses want revenge.


Nearly tortured to death by a New York gangster, Vampire P.I. Jack Fleming gave the punk his just desserts. But now the mob bosses want revenge.

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Publishers Weekly
Picking up where Cold Streets (2003) left off, Elrod's winning 10th Vampire Files novel finds nightclub-owning vampire Jack Fleming, who usually works for the "good guys" as a private detective in 1938 Chicago, on the other side of the law. When Jack agrees to fill in for his wounded gangster boss pal, Gordy Weems, he winds up nearly tortured to death at the hands of sadistic hood Hog Bristow. Jack gets his payback by killing Bristow, but must face the music after the arrival of the big boss from New York, Whitey Kroun. Though Jack manages to make nice with Kroun, he still has other problems. Bristow's rough treatment has left Jack with seizures, impaired vampiric hypnotic ability and an overwhelming craving for blood. A thug who wants Jack dead and the murder of a singer at Gordy's club further complicate an already tough situation. Interesting twists, good period detail, fine characterization and snappy dialogue lift this genre-crossing tale. Agent, Lucienne Diver at Spectrum Literary Agency. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In the tenth installment of Elrod's 1930s Chicago-era "Vampire Files" series, P.I. vampire Jack Fleming battles both his inner demons and the mortal bad guys. Whenever Jack influences someone through his vampiric powers of hypnosis, his mind and body are overtaken by raging pain. Eventually, he realizes that the pain is an aftereffect of the horrific torture he endured under now-deceased gangster Hog Bristow (see Cold Streets). Hog's New York bosses are after Jack to avenge his murder, but Jack can hold his own ground. Jack is friends with some of Chicago's underworld; in fact, he runs pal Gordy Weem's gang while Gordy recovers from mob-related injuries. As temporary boss, Jack must at once ward off the Mafia and solve the mysterious death of an entertainer at Gordy's club. Elrod knows how to pace the action without resorting to caricature. These characters, including the vampires, are believable and-for the most part-a pleasure to know. For fans of vampire fiction, fantasies, and noir mysteries.-Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Columbia, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
Vampire Files Series , #11
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.04(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

P.N. "Pat" Elrod, best known for The Vampire Files and the Jonathan Barrett: Gentleman Vampire series, co-edited Time of the Vampires, and has stories in several other anthologies. A great fan of Forever Knight, she collaborated with actor Nigel Bennett (LaCroix) on Keeper of the King and His Father's Son.

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Song in the Dark (Vampire Files Series #11) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Peeper_j More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful entry in the Vampire Files series by P N Elrod. Her characters are well-developed and she brings a wit and charm to Jack Fleming.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved every book in the series and this one is just as good, there is a lot of talk about everything in the Vampire universe having been done but this series has been a nice twist, it is horror and humor and mystry, with a little bit of a love story intertwined. At first i thought the story was moving too slow since the whole thing takes place in about a week, but the continuing plot from the last book kept me reading, I was excited to meet the new vampire character and a little dissapointed that Jack has messed up some of his powers but I do like that fact that P.N. Elrod doesn't always make things too perfect for her characters. You wont regret reading this book if you have read the rest of the series first, for those who haven't read the rest, you will be very lost there is so much back story building up to this book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After being tortured for over an hour and being skinned alive, vampire Jack Fleming, owner of the nightclub Lady Crymsyn, in Chicago of 1938 is recovered physically but is an emotional wreck. He can¿t hypnotize anyone without getting a vicious headache. He has uncontrollable muscle spasms and an unholy thirst for blood to drink. He is afraid if he is with his girlfriend Bobbie, he will be unable to control his bloodlust so he keeps his distance from her at a time he needs her most. --- His friend, mob boss Gordy is sick and while he recovers, Jack takes his place. A New York Crime lord is in Chicago to hear why Jack killed the man who tortured him before bumping off Jack. The vampire risks the headache and hypnotizes him into becoming his friend. When the lead singer at and his ex wife are both murdered, Jack resolves to find the killer. When a mob war breaks out Jack has to watch his back from his enemies because in his present condition he could be killed and in a horrible twist, his greatest enemy uses Bobbie to bring him to his knees. --- P.N. Elrod has written another exciting vampire crime thriller featuring an immortal but not invulnerable protagonist who suffers from panic attacks because of lingering psychological trauma. This vulnerability makes Jack even more of an endearing character in the tradition of Heathcliffe. The infighting in Chicago is very realistic in an Al Capone sort of way. Only Jack limits the violence as much as possible. This long running series just keeps getting better and better. --- Harriet Klausner