The latest Vampire Files novel directly follows the events of Cold Streets When vampire P.I. Jack Fleming was caught between the Chicago and New York mafias, he was tortured nearly to death by the sadistic Bristow. Jack exacted his revenge, but that brought him to the attention of the New York bosses.

Normally Jack's powers and charm would be enough to deflect the unwanted attention, but he's still suffering from blackouts, seizures and a renewed thirst for blood. Add to this a murder, which may involve his lover, Bobbi, and Jack is facing the biggest challenge of his afterlife.

Vampire noir blends with hardboiled detective fiction for an effective, atmospheric supernatural mystery. Jack's voice calls to mind black-and-white movies, big band music and Al Capone-like villains. Fans of period fiction and classic detectives like Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe will thoroughly enjoy this somewhat-twisted tribute. (Sep., 384 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jen Talley Exum