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Half the Blood of Brooklyn: Joe Pitt Series, Book 3 (Joe Pitt #3)

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There's only so much room on the Island, only so much blood, and Manhattan's Vampyre Clans aren't interested in sharing. So when the Vyrus-infected dregs of New York's outer boroughs start creeping across the bridges, the Clans want to know why. Bad luck for PI Joe Pitt. Joe used to be a Rogue, work off his own dime, pick his own gigs, but tight times and a terminally ill

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Published July 13th 2010 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jul 09, 2013 Carol. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: want a little UF with your noir?
"--Well, just threaten a man, why can't you? You make it all complicated like that and I sometimes don't know what I got to do to keep from getting slapped around... I appreciate the benefit of the doubt and all, Joe, but really, man, unless I'm high you really shouldn't count on me thinking too straight."

It's always nice to be clear when you are trying to get information.

The third in the Joe Pitt series was a little harder to get into, but that could have been my lingering dyspepsia after a pol
I had almost forgotten how good, ice cool the lean noir prose style of Huston was. It is fun to read on it own, makes you forget at times you are reading vampire urban fantasy.

Funny enough Joe Pitt is one of the best noir characters i have read, he is mean,nasty and ruthless. Huston doesnt make him heroic and lame, he is very human in how un-heroic he is. Much more interesting than Hank Thompson i read about in Huston noir series without supernatural element.

I thought the first book in the seri
I love this series! This time Joe is sent over the river to visit other clans and try to recruit them into the Society. He and Lydia, one of the Society higher-ups, are on a mission to recruit a clan calling themselves The Freaks. They arrive at their destination, a lonely stretch of Coney Island, to come upon a circus tent with the freakiest of freak shows in progress. Turns out, these are the Freaks and they are truly freaky. After the show Joe and Lydia try to meet with the "ring master", aft ...more
Kathy Davie
Third in the Joe Pitt urban fantasy set in contemporary New York City.

The Story
Joe's been cruising. Doing the security gig for Terry. Taking down the competition. Then, I dunno, Terry gets ambitious, sees war coming and wants alliances. Ya can't trust Terry. He'll use up anyone to further his aims. Don't let his laid-back hippie style fool ya.

Terry wants backup and he's not willing for a potential ally to cross over to the Coalition but the real story starts when he sends Joe and Lydia over to m
I must be on a theme with my book choices lately.

This book completely changes the landscape so carefully established in the first 2 books of this series. Status Quo? What's that? I love it when authors aren't afraid to change and alter their settings. Too many find something that works and then milk it until it hasn't worked for far too long. Charlie Huston doesn't have that problem. This one changed all the rules.

Joe Pitt must go to Brooklyn to see about bringing some minor gr
Maggie K
I really love this series...

There were a few odd things out in this one. As usual Joe is having a really bad day, and is being forced to deal with stuff he doesnt give a crap about when he should be helping Evie...

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Joe Pitt has finally done what he said he never would. He joined a clan. The Society. It is a steady source of income and food. But all he really wants is to save his dying girlfriend Evie who has full blown AIDS and lies dying in a hospital bed. He has a chance to take her to see Daniel, the head of the Enclave Clan who can tell which humans can accept the vyrus and which ones can not. But that window of opportunity will end at dawn when Daniel takes a voluntary walk in the sunlight to test the ...more
Jun 04, 2008 Joshua rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy lovers who want something less pretty
Simply flat-out balls-out fun!!

Book 3 in Charlie Huston's Joe Pitt universe. Huston does a nice job filling in people who haven't read the previous two books on his world. Does it help to have read the first two books? Sure, but it also isn't entirely necessary.

Things get kicked up a notch in this volume. Joe Pitt finally starts to stray outside of Manhattan and hit up another NY borough, Brooklyn. There he meets Jewish vampires, coney island freak shows, and biblical breeding camps. Stereotypes
Joe Pitt is a vampire. He works security for one of many clans of vampires on Manhattan. He's disliked by just about every vampire, even those in the clan he works for. He's a jerk, is quick to verbally abuse whoever is around and is violent to boot. He's also tired of being jerked around by his current boss and the boss of the other main clan on Manhattan. But he's on a leash and that leash is beginning to tighten again.

This is pulp-styled detective noir with a dark edge that is too much fun to
This was the first book in the Joe Pitt series that I read instead of listening to the audiobook. It was a much more difficult read than listen because of the “voice” in the book. Joe Pitt & other characters in the book speak in a manner that is fairly foreign to me and it takes me a minute to decipher it when I read it. Listening to it was much simpler for me.

I continue to enjoy the story of Joe and his miss-adventures. I like the turn with Evie and am looking forward to reading more about
This is modern New York where vampires come out at night. They are like you and me but infected with a virus that feeds off of blood and makes it host super strong and fast healing. You've got different clans in different neighborhoods and your hero, who doesn't want to belong to any of them. Because our hero is more a man of action than diplomacy, he's currently head of security for the Society and tasked with finding out why all of sudden vampires from Brooklyn are appearing in Manhattan. So, ...more
Duncan Mandel

There's only so much room on the Island, only so much blood, and Manhattan's Vampyre Clans aren't interested in sharing. So when the Vyrus-infected dregs of New York's outer boroughs start creeping across the bridges, the Clans want to know why. Bad luck for PI Joe Pitt. Joe used to be a Rogue, work off his own dime, pick his own gigs, but tight times and a terminally ill girlfriend pushed him to the renegade Society Clan. Now he has all the cash and blood he needs, but at a steep price. The pri

Not sure why, but harder for me to get into than the first two books, to the point where I had to put it down half way through and take a sizable break to read something else.

The circus freaks and the Jewish clans seemed like a really off-beat addition, and the book on a whole felt more like a temporary lull in the overarching story than anything, up until about the last twenty pages. All the events that happened at that point didn't really seem relevant to what was occurring in the first part o
Ian Oliver Camiwet
Joe Pit 3 is better than the previous two books. Huston continues the story of Joe, and now he's the chief of security for the society. He also introduces some interesting variation on vampires. In the Brooklyn side, there are no organizations, only clans, or gangs, and the strongest among them are the Jewish vamps. Also, Huston makes the conflicts fast, and bloody with a very good twist in the end, making you crave for the next book. So, read this and be surprised, I know I did.
I enjoyed this...not only did it have echoes of older pulp tales but I liked the emphasis it had in regard the tribal nature of the vampires effected with the vyrus.
Just like regular society the vampires fitted into sub groups defined by race ,sexuality and religion...I found this an interesting take on things and something other vampire fiction I have read hasn't fact a lot of books just seem to have two groups..vampires and humans.
In doing this the author still managed to avoid going
So I really liked this - which is hard to find in the third part of a series. Yes, Joe Pitt goes to Brooklyn and its laughably stereotyped but the larger story is getting more fleshed out and Huston brings back some unfinished plot ties from the first book that I was yearning for with the second.

Not fine literature by any means - but quick fun violent read - I know I'll be starting the next book soon.
Apr 11, 2008 Riley rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like a good action vampire book
Recommended to Riley by: My Pops
Charlie Huston writes an easy to read yet enticing book using a common theme of a Vampire virus. It's a dark book full of violence and backstabbing, but it's mostly only vampires that die. This book kept me up til 3:30 to finish it.
Huston writes mostly dialogue - very little description, which makes a story move at a faster pace.
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I'm continuing to thrill at the gory noir splendor of the Joe Pitt series. This time out, vampire Joe's focused on finding a solution to the worsening AIDS sickness of human girlfriend Evie. He could turn her into a vamp and save her, but there's a fifty percent chance the attempt will kill her and doing so will result in a death sentence from his Society employers. When Joe realizes that Enclave head Daniel can tell whether or not Evie will survive the change, he becomes fixated on bringing Evi ...more
As if dancing between the Manhattan Vampyre Clans wasn't dangerous enough, Joe has to head over to Brooklyn and spill some blood, half of it at least. Alright, so he didn't really have a choice in the matter, seeing as how he is on the Society's payroll now (more like their umbilical leash), but that won't stop him from making some very nasty people nastily dead.
On this third blood spree with Mr. Pitt we get a look at the wilds of unorganized Vyral Brooklyn, except, Joe finds a little too much o
Do I need to go into Charlie Huston’s brutal, compelling, post-noir world of fiction again? Probably not. This is the seventh book of his I’ve read, and the seventh that I’ve reviewed here. Regardless, I shouldn’t gloss over the most important point whenever I talk about his novels: Don’t read them if you’re squeamish. The graphic violence is one thing, but the cruelty is another. I think a lot of people would be put off by the terrible, awful things that happen to people for (sometimes) no good ...more
#3 Joe Pitt paranormal noir mystery. Joe is a vampire, infected with the Vyrus, and now is the head of security for one of the vampire gangs that control New York. Gone is his carefree life as a Rogue, answering only to himself--but also gone is the constant scrabbling for a living, for having a decent supply of blood. Terry, his boss and the head of the Society clan, is trying to keep the balance between the clans (and maybe expand his membership a bit) and asks Joe to protect Lydia (his assist ...more
Vampires galore. Torn ears the heal, bullet holes that mend...lots of blood and gore! Such fun. And of course the superb writing of Charlie Huston.

Joe is still in love with Evie. And he's still working for the Society, much to his dismay. He would much rather be a rogue, and fending for himself, than being the flunky of one of the Clan heads. But working for the Society means a steady flow of blood for Evie. So Joe plans security man, and find himself once again caught in the middle.

Vampire fict
Ian Cockerill
The characters are good, the world is interesting but this is the one in the series where the lack of punctuation just made the whole thing too much of a pain to read.
I know it might be cool to ignore speech marks, but actually punctuation isn't that bad an idea, it helps you know whose talking, if someone's talking, who's saying what...
I probably will return but I'll need to be in the right mood for the choppy lack of writing in order to be able to appreciate the ideas and story underneath.
Ian Mathers
The long sequence that takes up most of the second half of this book (from when the Chosen attack Joe and Stretch in the car until Lydia's bulls take Joe after he crawls out of the sewer) might just be the most brilliant, intense sequence I've ever read in any kind of pulp novel. And that's only partly because for most of it I know what Joe still has to do, even when the novel doesn't mention it for a while. The plotting, the language, the context... all perfect. It reminded me in turn of Ennis ...more
Lady of the Lake
I'm still having fun with it. Joe Pitt is getting on my nerves because he just can't shut his mouth! He is the eternal tough guy with the wise cracks and snide one liners! He is forever getting his head handed to him ...knocked out...tied up.. Shot... Stabbed... Well you name a brutal act it happens to him and he still never learns to shut his trap!
But that is part of his "charm" if you can call it that! Brooklyn took the Vampyre into a whole new world! Being a native New Yorker I kinda knew wha
Joe is back. He's got a full time job now, as Security Head for The Society, one of the larger groups of Vampyres in Manhattan.

And his girlfriend, Evie, who's had the AIDS virus since he's known her, has now entered the fully active stage of her disease. He supplies her with all the blood she needs for her transfusions, but he still hasn't told ER of his own Vyrus. Or his real job. She thinks he's a black market organ courier.

He may have the cure for AIDS in his own blood. But giving it to her j
May 13, 2014 Dropspun rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of urban fantasy, vampires, noir
Well, just finished the third book in the "Joe Pitt" series by Charlie Huston called "Half the Blood of Brooklyn". I must say, I didn't like it as much as the first two books -- mainly because of the higher violence content, and because Joe seemed get choices between bad and worse (and ugly and uglier). He didn't know who to trust or what to do about the love of his life (who was dying of AIDS). The uncertainty felt disturbingly high and coupled with the higher level of violence, well...I just d ...more
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“Like I was ever normal. Like I was ever any different from how I am now. A cure won't make me better. It'll just make me more like a regular son of a bitch. Like the Vyrus makes you into something else. It doesn't. If you get it, if you survive, it's because you were already the kind of person who will drink blood.” 4 likes
“Think about a night like that often enough, you'll ask yourself a lot of questions. Most of them about yourself. The kind of person you are. What you'll do and why and when you'll do it. What you believe in. What you really believe in.” 1 likes
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