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Every Last Drop (Joe Pitt #4)

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It’s like this: a series of bullet-riddled bad breaks has seen rogue Vampyre and terminal tough guy Joe Pitt go from PI for hire to Clan-connected enforcer to dead man walking in a New York minute. And after burning all his bridges, the only one left to cross leads to the Bronx, where Joe’s brass knuckles and straight razor can’t keep him from running afoul of a sadistic o ...more
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Published September 30th 2008 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2008)
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Carol.
Aug 08, 2013 Carol. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Abercrombie, dark UF fans
Every starts with Joe's exile in the Bronx, and him dropping in on a post-baseball game exodus, parsing the crowd for Vampyres. He scents one and follows the trail, tracing it to a pack who has just attacked a woman. It's one of the neatest, heart-breaking series expositions I've read; it orients the reader to Joe, the Vampyre life and his moral struggle in an unusual way. Shortly after, he is meeting Esperanza, a tough Puerto Rican and the closest thing they have to a Vampyre boss up there. Or ...more
Stephanie
Apr 02, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Joe Pitt is really hitting the bottom this time. Exiled from Manhattan, Pitt finds himself living like a homeless person, trying to stay alive in the Bronx. And there is some real evil going on over there, some really sick stuff.
Contrarius
Jun 26, 2011 Contrarius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I believe that many readers don't like this book as much as the rest of the Joe Pitt series, but I am very impressed by it. However, one must have read the three preceding books in order to get full value from this one.

Every Last Drop is the book where we really start to see more of Joe's internal life. Throughout the series Joe is somewhat of an enigma. We see only flashes of what really motivates him, and many times he hardly appears to be human. But the facade begins to crack a bit more in th
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Gabriel
Apr 11, 2012 Gabriel rated it really liked it
Ok, so this one was full of awkward sentences and phrasing. There were a few too many times when sections (just a couple of short paragraphs long) seemed disjointed and not quite understandable.

BUT ...

Joe Pitt (ne Cool, I swear) stuck off the island for a year of rogue vampiring. Then, he's brought back for reasons begun in book #3 (yeah, this is a series you NEED to read in the correct order). And this time, he doesn't get played ... he plays the others.

These books are gritty (as in, you need t
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Maggie K
Apr 28, 2013 Maggie K rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I had to sit here for a while thinking what it was about these books I like so much....Joe's too jaded to like too much. He seems to get too focused on things, then all of a sudden you realize he has been dealing with the big picture all along. He doesnt share his thoughts but you realize he has been sitting there planning things once he gets in motion. How everything always ends up being about the girl he loves.

I'm talking a lot about Joe aren't I? Even though I said I didn't like him. Characte
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Leslee
Apr 27, 2012 Leslee rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires
2.5 stars. It's hard to believe how such a promising series devolved so quickly. In this addition to the Joe Pitt series, our titular character falls deeper in the middle of a convoluted mess of a turf war. Sela and Amanda are back, with Amanda being some sort of young genius with biomolecular and virus research. We also find out the Coalition's secret source for their vast quantities of blood.

Not going to go into much detail for this one because I'm saving it all for the grand finale on my rev
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Cameron
Jan 19, 2009 Cameron rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
From Society to Rogue to Society to really really Rogue to playing everyone's damn field, Joe just can't seem to find a niche and hang tight, lay low, stay copacetic. It doesn't help that his mannerisms err on the side of painfully sarcastic and violently anticipatory. No wonder he gets his ass kicked to the wilds, no, not Brooklyn again, worse: to stay out of the sights of the Clans that individually each want his head on any damned platter available, Joe goes to the Bronx, a sort of homecoming ...more
Ian Mathers
Mar 17, 2010 Ian Mathers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
In which our protagonist tears down his entire world just to get back to/with the only person in the world he loves. Spoiler: It doesn't work.

This was the book, I guess, where Huston's noir roots really hit me - you like Joe, and you root for him, but he's not always (or even often) a good person. He doesn't always make choices that you would, or ones that are morally acceptable. Or sane. But, I mean, he's been telling you since the first book that not only does he live in the dark and drink blo
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Neil
Jul 20, 2009 Neil rated it really liked it
I had the pleasure of moderating a panel with Huston, Charlaine Harris, and Marjorie Liu last week at the ALA convention. Huston was a funny speaker. It was easy to see where the humor and likability of a character, even one as nasty as Joe Pitt, comes from. I got the feeling that most of Huston's work in the future will be along the lines of straight noir, not stuff with a fantastic element, but we'll have to see.

In this installment, Pitt is at loose ends up in Queens, trying to get back to Evi
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Ian Oliver Camiwet
Book 4 in the Joe Pit series became better than its previous ones. Huston continues the fast paced, and violent story of the vampyre Joe Pit, and he just raised the stakes.

After returning from exile, Joe decides to come back from the Bronx a year later after the events in the previous books. And a lot has changed; Amanda Horde, the girl he rescued, has established a clan, but problems arise in maintaining it. She sent Joe into a mission, in which he discovers a great secret, that can bring the o
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Duncan Mandel
Jul 12, 2014 Duncan Mandel rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-digital-books

“[Charlie Huston’s] action scenes are unparalleled in crime fiction and his dialogue is so hip and dead-on that Elmore Leonard should be getting nervous.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review), on Half the Blood of Brooklyn

It’s like this: a series of bullet-riddled bad breaks has seen rogue Vampyre and terminal tough guy Joe Pitt go from PI for hire to Clan-connected enforcer to dead man walking in a New York minute. And after burning all his bridges, the only one left to cross leads to the Bronx,

...more
Max
Aug 25, 2016 Max rated it really liked it
If you've got this far in the series you've gotta love Joe's grizzly idiotic anti-hero persona - it's not a novel you can just pick up on its own, being so firmly entrenched in the 5-book storyline. At the beginning it wasn't clear where the story was going - hell, even at this point I'm not sure, but the first novel introduced the players with quite a standalone story.
Joe, trying hard to stay off the radar in his self-imposed exile back in his old home in the Bronx. Manhatten seemed like hard w
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Nick Martin
Jun 12, 2016 Nick Martin rated it it was ok
The fourth book of the Joe Pitt series is a lot of rehashing of exposition without much action or narrative progression. It's certainly the series worst book.

Joe is an exile from all the vampyre clans. He's living in the Bronx, surviving as an essentially homeless man. While he has one friend (a Puerto Rican lady who's entirely superfluous to the story), all the clans hate him. That is, until the Coalition realizes they can use Pitt for their bidding. He's supposed to spy on the Cure Clan, but
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Rhonda
May 29, 2015 Rhonda rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series -- so much so that when I found 3, 4 & 5 at the Green Valley book fair, I bought them all. That said, I'm not loving them. Perhaps I'm at a different place in my life, but I'm finding Joe Pitt more tedious than anything else, and that's setting aside the noir tradition and style I'm not generally a fan of. Right now, he reminds me most of Holden Caulfield, if you can believe it. I want to yell at him to get his head out of his rear and try ...more
Meran
Aug 25, 2013 Meran rated it it was amazing
After burning all his bridges at the end of Book #3 (this being #4), Joe Pitt has nowhere to go, no friends, even his girlfriend won't talk to him.

BTW, I love all the maps that come with these novels! They help me get around the city and the book. I've never been to NYC. The maps lend me a Citizen For a Day card. :D They also help with landmarks; many I've heard of, but not understood well. AND with the placement of the boroughs, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, New Jersey.

Joe is waxing philosophic
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pinknantucket
Jun 29, 2010 pinknantucket rated it liked it
One of my friends insisted I read some crime novels this Readathon, which I am normally very happy to do only at present I find the walls of gold-lettered murder-fests on the bookshelves a bit overwhelming. I've started a few and gone off them quite quickly. I need some suggestions, so if you have any fave crime authors please let me know.

So I cheated and read "The Penge Bungalow Murders" and also this one, which is kind of a hardboiled-detective-meets-vampire story. It's the first book of Husto
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Drew
Oct 13, 2008 Drew rated it really liked it
To start with, let's establish something: this is the fourth book in a series. The series is about Joe Pitt, who is a vampire. At the beginning of the series, three books ago, he lived in Manhattan, and existed as a rogue, surviving by doing jobs for Manhattan's warring vampire clans, and always making sure that all of them felt indebted enough to him to keep him alive. A lot has changed since then, but the predominant feel--that of a gritty PI novel in an NYC setting, only with vampires--has no ...more
Kathy Davie
Jul 07, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Fourth in the Joe Pitt urban fantasy series set in a contemporary New York City about a lone vampire refusing to bow down to any one group of vampires. Joe doesn't care about anyone else's agenda. He simply wants to be his own man, um, vampire. But rogues aren't tolerated and every clan, society, enclave wants a piece of Joe for their own ends.

The Story
After burning all his bridges in Half the Blood of Brooklyn, Joe is in miserable exile in the Bronx. Even more of a loner—and alone—than ever. J
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Contrarius
Jun 26, 2011 Contrarius rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I believe that many readers don't like this book as much as the rest of the Joe Pitt series, but I am very impressed by it. However, one must have read the three preceding books in order to get full value from this one.

Every Last Drop is the book where we really start to see more of Joe's internal life. Throughout the series Joe is somewhat of an enigma. We see only flashes of what really motivates him, and many times he hardly appears to be human. But the facade begins to crack a bit more in t
...more
Ladiibbug
Nov 27, 2010 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: UF Fans - Violent Content Alert
#4 Joe Pitt, Vampire PI - UF

4.5 stars

Exciting, exceptionally well written, violent & gritty UF. Set in New York City, where various vampire clans co-exist, not always peacefully. Each clan has its own territory, its own agendas, goals, and old grudges against each other. Joe Pitt, vampire PI, finds it impossible and more dangerous than ever to maintain his independence.

No spoilers - this series is highly entertaining and different from any other UF I've read. Very gritty and violent, but un
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Thomas
Jul 29, 2016 Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, dark, 2011
This is what I thought was the last book in the Joe Pitt/Vampyre series, and it’s a book that I’ve had hanging around the house for several months. I mean, I like Charlie Huston’s stories, and when it comes to dialog, I honestly can’t think of anyone who writes it sharper and more effectively than he does, but the gritty, dark-noir novels he get tend to get repetitious. At this point, I was just reading this book to finish out the series and see how certain things that happened at the end of the ...more
Tim Niland
Oct 18, 2008 Tim Niland rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008-reads
There's another world in New York City, one that's its citizens know nothing about. Vampyres, those infected with The Vyrus live in clans scattered throughout Manhattan. They need to feed on human blood to survive. And vampyre Joe Pitt has been exiled to The Bronx. Might as well be in Siberia. But the island has an inexorable pull, and after getting roughed up by a Bronx clan and losing an eye (making him more like Andrew Vachss' character Burke than ever) Joe heads back home and into into a hor ...more
Rashida
Aug 29, 2009 Rashida rated it liked it
This is the fourth book in the series. I love the concept of the world that Huston has created- or rather how he realistically renders the world that we know with unexpected secrets. The characters are fantastic, the heros and the villains. I ranked this a little lower than the previous three because of some James Bond type concerns. On one hand, our hero's luck is bit too much like James Bond in the way that his enemies tend to talk and talk and give him so many chances at escape. It would feel ...more
Jamie Collins
3.5 stars. This is a pretty good book, but this series is starting to become a little repetitive. How many more times can Joe get snatched, interrogated and threatened? A few new bad guys get introduced, but mostly Joe makes the rounds again of all the old familiar ones. Certainly don't start with this book - I don't think this it would make a bit of sense to a new reader.

This entry is darker (!) and has less humor than the earlier books. The ending is fairly satisfying, but there is obviously a
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Darrell
Oct 06, 2008 Darrell rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: clint, gus, lauren, lexi
Charlie Huston books are becoming automatic purchases for me - a rarity for a miserly fellow (in graphic novels - the equivalents are Trondheim's Dungeon, Azzarello's 100 Bullets and Carla Speed McNeil's Finder series)

Joe Pitt is a rogue vampire in the Bronx, no fixed address, no reliable source of blood and
for the first time since No Dominion's brief Harlem sojourn - a melanin deficient minority for an extended period of time

(the African Americans and Latino Americans vampires of the Bronx an
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Lea
Nov 03, 2015 Lea rated it it was ok
OK...so... I have read some really f*cked up things. Things written expressly to be disturbing and shocking (Hogg, anyone?). This is right up there. So sick it almost made me want to stop reading. But I didn't. The violence is probably important to the story, and I'm not sure the arc of the series would be the same without some of the blackest parts of this book... still... Jesus. I felt like I needed a shower and perhaps to volunteer somewhere with fluffy animals while I read it.
CT
Jan 22, 2009 CT rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Joe Pitt reemerges from his exile in the Bronx to do what he does best – stir up trouble. With a new clan, the so-called Cure, disturbing the delicate peace between the other Vampire clans, Pitt makes a deal with the Coalition to find out if the new clan is actually close to discovering a cure for the Vyrus. But the plot takes an unexpected turn, when Pitt ventures to Queens to look for the source of the Coalition’s blood supply. What he learns changes him. And if people know what he knows, it w ...more
Todd
Jan 30, 2009 Todd rated it really liked it
This was a good chapter in the story of Vyrus-infected (translated: "vampire") Joe Pitt, but it stands out in my mind as the weakest standalone book out of the series so far. With the previous three, I felt like they were excellent books that would still be almost as enjoyable even if you never read either of the other two. However, this one relies extremely heavily on material in prior books, and it seems that its entire purpose was to set everything in place for the 5th and final Joe Pitt book ...more
Ryun
Jul 06, 2009 Ryun rated it really liked it
Charlie Huston’s Joe Pitt, a vampire detective living in a New York City that’s filthy with bloodsucking clans and factions, never seems to catch a break. Ever since the first Pitt book, 2005’s ALREADY DEAD, Joe’s gotten nothing but abuse and indignity for his hard work, and every victory is a pyrrhic one. But what’s bad for Pitt is great for readers, as EVERY LAST DROP, the fourth book in the series, demonstrates.

EVERY LAST DROP opens with Pitt exiled to the Bronx, and if that wasn’t bad enoug
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Charlie Huston is an American author of Noircrime fiction. However, according to a recent interview with Paradigm, he prefers to be classified as a writer of Pulp, due to how he writes.
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“He has one of those heads people think about cutting off."
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“I feel like I'm forgetting something. Vyrus. Clans. Zombies. Stay out of the sun. Don't get shot. Abandon your life. Drink blood to survive. No, guess that pretty much covers it.” 7 likes
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