The only way for him to lay his hands on both is to take a gig with the local Vampyre Clan. See, something new is on the streets, a new high, a high so strong it can send a Vampyre spazzing through Joe's local watering hole - till Joe sends him through a plate-glass window, that is. It won't be long now before he's slapping stoolies, getting sapped, and being taken for a ride above 110th Street.
Someone's pulling Joe's strings, and he's gonna cut them when he finds them - the strings and the hands that hold them.
Dying for more? Listen to the first book, Already Dead.
©2006 Charles Huston; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"There are echoes of Raymond Chandler and of Hunter S. Thompson, too. Among the new voices of the 21st-century crime fiction, Charlie Huston is where it's at." (Washington Post Book World)
"The doomed love story at the heart of Huston's action-filled epic is what truly makes this a noir novel, and the undead microcosm of society he creates is both surprisingly relevant and entertaining." (Publishers Weekly)
This book was great. I really enjoyed the plot as well as the narrator, who brings the book to life. Wish they had more books from the series.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
This was an impulse buy, it was offered cheap and had a good rating. Audible lists it as book 1, but it is really book 2. I got about half way through it and had give up due to lack of interest. I don't know how you make vampires boring, but Huston found a way. The characters are drug dealers and gangsters and would not be interesting as humans, vampires, werewolves, zombies, etc. It is a snoozer, save your money.
If you love this genre but hate the typical vampire vs human series, this is a must for you. Unique storyline and fabulous character creation. This was written to make us think twice about who your standing next to and what is in the bad, really. Fun and scary
I didn't read the print edition, so I can't really say. However, Brick did a good job conveying the laid-back nature of a couple of the characters (esp. a hippie leader of one faction), which I wouldn't have picked up on quickly without his narration. He's obviously a talented performer, so bound to make the most of what the text has to offer.
It's a first-person story, so we of course identify with the main character, who is a nice mix of tough guy and worrywart.
I really liked all the character voices *other* than the main character, who, presumably by request of the author, has a sort of trite noir-detective New York twang. Every time the story returned from other groups (the downtown hippies, the way-uptown black toughs, the mysterious druidical sect) to our main character, I cringed a little again. But the story and overall narration were great, so I was pulled along.
It had fast and slow stretches, so there were some breaks when I didn't mind having to take my headphones off. But I did want to get back to it.
Not at all typical of how vampires are handled, and honestly, the sort of detective story and political maneouvering are much more central to the story than is the vampire aspect, so it might appeal to plenty of people who are put off by all the romantic woes of the mainstream vampire cadre...
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
This was okay to listen to, but it did not draw me in at all. This adds nothing extra to the genre.
I liked the original a little better, but it's still great and I can't wait for the next installment on audible.com.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Scott Brick could not even salvage this listen. I have no history and I felt like I jumped into the middle of the story. This is a vampire story and there was no biting, there disease was caused by a virus...I think. I have no idea what made me choose this book but thank goodness it was a 4.95 blue moon special. I forced myself to finish it to see if it would make any sense in the end...it didn't.
I tried to listen the endless devastation of his existence is too much.
Did not go to the end.
A serious downer.
Actually a little slow.
I don't know who to replace him with, but Scott's dialect used to characterize black people in his perception of the ghetto, was extremly offensive and over the top. Why not just resurrect the "Black Face" Amos and Andy white men playing black men from the 40's amd 50's on radio.
Yes, Yes, Yes. I like the story line but was completely turned-off as an African-American by the dialect used to project what the author and narrator think black people sound like. Exactly, what audience is that playing to?
I am conflicted as to buying any other books narrated in the same fashion. I really cannot see spending my money for more offensive narration. I will add that since I got the book on tape, whcih I purchase hundreds of during the year, I do not know if Mr. Houston uses the same dialectics in the written words. If that is the case, it is extremely offensive both in the written words and the narration and I can believe many are offended.
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