Frasier's latest rivets with suspense and paranormal elements as vampires -- both real and imagined -- become a force to be reckoned with. She masterfully creates the perfect atmosphere for suspicious death and compelling mystery in this nail-biting thrill ride.

In Tuonela, Wis., reclusive author Evan Stroud has a rare condition where he must avoid light. Locals think he's a vampire. Over a century ago, in Old Tuonela, a serial killer was captured and executed after he murdered his victims and drained them of their blood. In the present day, Evan's 16-year-old son, Graham, comes in town, and Evan must decide how to cope with a child he never knew existed.

Medical examiner and coroner Rachel Burton, meanwhile, investigates a new murder in which the victim was drained of blood. When she learns from her police chief father that her childhood friend Evan is the primary suspect, Rachel protects him from the police, even after someone else goes missing, and Evan and Graham search for the killer. (Onyx, Sep., 384 pp., $7.99)
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Sheri Melnick