It’s like this: a series of bullet-riddled bad breaks has seen rogue Vampyre and terminal tough guy Joe Pitt go from PI for hire to Clan-connected enforcer to dead man walking in a New York minute. And after burning all his bridges, the only one left to cross leads to the Bronx, where Joe’s brass knuckles and straight razor can’t keep him from running afoul of a sadistic old bloodsucker with a bad bark and a worse bite. Even if every Clan in Manhattan is hollering for Joe’s head on a stick, it’s got to be better than trying to survive in the outer-borough wilderness.
So it’s a no-brainer when Clan boss Dexter Predo comes looking to make a deal. All Joe has to do to win back breathing privileges on his old turf is infiltrate an upstart Clan whose plan to cure the Vyrus could expose the secret Vampyre world to mortal eyes and set off a panic-driven massacre. Not cool. But Joe’s all over it. To save the Undead future, he just has to wade neck-deep through all the archenemies, former friends, and assorted heavy hitters he’s crossed in the past. No sweat? Maybe not, but definitely more blood than he’s ever seen or hungered for. And maybe even some tears–over the horror and heartbreaking truth about the evil men do no matter who or what they are.
©2008 Charles Huston (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Huston supplies terse dialogue and convincing gore in expertly pitched prose.” (Publishers Weekly)
“In his fourth outing, rakish New York vampire Joe Pitt leaves the series’ ‘casebooks’ nomenclature in the dust. This toothsome tale is no variation on the PI genre; instead, Huston imaginatively, logically explores the limits of the world he’s created for Pitt to haunt…[A] darkly entertaining ride.” (Booklist)
So many books, so little time...
My Favorite series to date is the Joe Pitt Series, written by Charlie Huston and narrated by Scott Brick It is a vampyre detective series that is just the best think I have ever heard and I have a lot of audio books, about 700. Hard biting... (forgive the pun) detective fiction ala Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett written for the New York City drop back mixed in with a little Bram Stoker. Although there is a romance in the story arc, it is not a Harlequin Romance with Fangs series of books. There is Mystery, Murder and Mayhem, all with a capital ‘M’ as Joe Pitt balances his life and work between three feuding vampyre clans and humans. The great thing is that all 5 books have now been recorded and you can listen to them in order. Wonderful books and Scott does a fantastic job narrating them, and in many instances he becomes Joe Pitt.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
The first hour of this book was so long-winded and lecture-y with nothing happening other than a series of different "bad guys" beating up Joe. Literally... back-to-back they each beat him up for awhile until the next one comes along and removes the one beating Joe up so they can then beat Joe up. The whole while lecturing the reader as to why this is (or, perhaps is not) a good thing.
The story does start, eventually, and it seems like there could have been a decent plot/story. The lecturing doesn't stop though... the story's forward progress is regularly interrupted for some philosophical discussion (I mean rant) - usually about socio-political activities. That, and the ending is one of the worst I've read in awhile... this story doesn't end, it just peters out. I guess we're supposed to get the next book to have some resolution?
Overall... hmmm... I think it was just on the wrong side of lecture-y. I don't know that I'm going to bother reading the next (last) in this series either because the book before this was a bit disappointing too, and they seem to be going downhill. I don't care about social commentary, Mr. Huston, just blow stuff up already - and try to keep the plot moving forward while you do.
Though I have to admit that the book contains one of the funniest lines I've heard in a long time: (I'm paraphrasing because I read this book in audio and I can't look it up) Amanda Horde says "I'm Joe Pitt. I'm here to chew some bubblegum and kick some ass. And I'm all outta bubblegum".
Maybe I'm just tired of Scott Brick's overacting? Dunno, but the narration was too dramatic for a book meant to be noir.
I just can not stand an ugly, down of life and luck. Never making it! Never showing better time or better attitude.
I plan to move to "review my great remarkable vampires who love, conquer, an triumphant. Even read more about Druids, true suspense with bad boys not tarnished with pity poor excuses of weak forms of vampires.
I could say that the stories tied together even though I tried each one , they individually stunk.
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