Besides delivering a terrific tale of supernatural sleuthing, Stein expertly unveils
the emotional first-person conflict driving Anna as she struggles to face the reality
of her new vampire existence while trying to hold on to her old life. This second chapter provides edge-of-your-seat thrills and
a high-octane emotional punch. It's a keeper!
Despite her near invincibility
as a vampire, bounty hunter Anna Strong prefers to preserve the vestiges of her human life. After being forced to kill the manipulative vampire who initially befriended her, Anna has avoided the vampire community. That changes when
a new case with an all-too-personal connection arrives.
Carolyn, an old girlfriend of Anna's long-deceased brother Steve, turns up saying that her 13-year-old daughter, Trish, has run away. Carolyn also makes the startling claim that Trish is Steve's daughter. Anna agrees to look for the girl, but what she discovers is a web of lies and human child predators that make her discovery of other supernatural creatures look tame. (ACE, Jul., 304 pp., $7.99)