One half of the powerhouse writing team that produces the Noble Dead saga launches her own noir take on modern vampires. The stark loneliness of these vampires' existence is gradually revealed through a series of detailed flashbacks. Most of this book -- volume one of the Vampire Memories -- concentrates on setup, introducing the major players. But there's potential here, and it will be up to future chapters to explore it.
When Edward, the only other vampire in Portland, kills himself in front of the police and Eleisha, Eleisha learns that two of those officers appear to have psychic gifts and are now stalking her. To protect William and herself, Eleisha runs to the only other vampire she knows. But that distance may not be far enough to escape both the determined police and an angry Julian. (ROC, Oct., 256 pp., $14.00)