THE VAMPIRE SHRINK
In this well-executed story, the conflict between the two vampires keeps readers wondering if good or evil will win. Since vampires are considered evil, this conflict gives attests to the writer's ability to change the reader's perceptions. Be warned: There are some extremely graphic scenes and descriptions.
One of psychologist Kismet Knight's patients, a vampire apprentice, tells her about Devereux, the local vampire leader who happens to be good, and Bryce, an evil vampire who wants to take over. After a blood-drained victim is left at her doorstep, Kismet meets FBI agent Alan Stevens, who is investigating vampire activity in the area. Soon Kismet is torn between Devereux and Alan -- while the body count rises. (Medallion, Oct., 392 pp., $15.95)