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No Dominion (Joe Pitt #2)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  4,346 Ratings  ·  195 Reviews
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Charlie Huston is an anomaly, an epiphany, simultaneously a breath of fresh air and a steel-toed kick to the groin; he is a foul-mouthed, scathingly sardonic literary gift from the gods to all those oft-neglected mystery and fantasy fans who have been in search of something "different" among the never-ending flood of formulaic regurgitation.

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Published August 1st 2008 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published 2006)
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Jun 05, 2013 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UF detective fans
This was the book that sealed the deal. If New York detective noir (with a vampire twist) is the kind of description that piques your interest, I strongly recommend this book. It's completely unlike most UF, nary a sparkle or wolf to be found, and owes most of its atmosphere to the Sam Spade tradition of the cold-hearted loner trying to retain some thin shred of his ideals. The plot appears to be a relatively straightforward investigation but has a whiz-bang reveal that floored me. When I realiz ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Marvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I ever get reincarnated as a fictional character, I do not want to end up in a Charlie Huston novel. Joe Pitt is a good example. In this second installment of the Joe Pitt Casebook, much like the first, Joe goes to a New York hell and back; gets beat up, burned up, tortured, passed around evil vampire clans like a ping pong ball and, unlike any other private investigator, still never gets to have sex with his girl. Joe is a vampire too and rather low on the social register. Yet what makes Joe ...more
Joe Pitt gets mixed up in a nasty double-cross and, as usual, he's on the losing end of it...

There is a new drug going around the Island of Manhattan and it's causing havoc among the newly converted. Seems that this drug is the only way for a Vampyre to get high, or at least feel the high they did before the Vyrus. Terry Bird, head of The Society, asks Joe to "look into it" and find out where it's coming from and who's dealing it. This mission leads Joe on a journey Uptown which means he has to
Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
Oh, Joe! You have a totally unenviable life. I'm not sure I know another fictional character that gets abused as badly as you.

These books are gritty, full of twists and turns, and just plain fun. I know what you're saying: "I'm sick and tired of vampires." Well, tough. And, he's not that type of vampire.

The vampire aspect is just part of the scenery. The real fun is the plotting and the characters in this pulp/noir story. Get past your vampire prejudice and just enjoy the ride!
Feb 26, 2009 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nobody writes popcorn fiction like Charlie.
Charlie Huston has another series of books (a trilogy) which consists of Caught Stealing, Six Bad Things, and A Dangerous Man. Go read those; they're pretty terrific. This is the second in his series about a loner noirish vampire sort-of P.I. who navigates amongst various clan factions of vampires who have territories in Manhattan, and it's got a Lower East Side attitude in spades, and not much else. There was an initial build-out of a mythos in the first book, but now in the second book, he has ...more
If you asked me last night - when I read the last 60 some pages in one or two sittings - I would have said this was an awesome book and had lots of great urban noir style that The Dresden Files can only dream of. Even as late as this morning I was recommending this book as a great addition to the growing vampire (spelled vampyre in this book for no good reason at all) collection.

But right now, I don't remember much of it.

So, yeah, we have our Joe Pitt - cooler-than-thou vampire PI without any w
Laura (Kyahgirl)
2/5; 2 stars; C

This started out really good. Edgey with a film noir feel. Kind of like The Maltese Falcon with vampyres and thugs instead of Bogart and dames. Then it dragged and there were big detours to fill in back story and then the really tough guys came into the scene and I just about keeled over from testosterone poisoning so I had to call it a day.

The narrator was really good, Scott Brick.
Jun 02, 2009 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe Pitt returns for his second adventure, and author Huston continues to build his hard-boiled Manhattan vampire mythos. This time Joe is on the hunt for the origins of a volatile drug derived from the vampire Vyrus and the trail points uptown to Harlem. As a rogue who refuses to ally with any of the battling vampire clans, Joe runs the gauntlet as he crosses town on the A train.

Huston does a great job of continuing to develop the antagonisms and history between the clans he introduced in the
Kathy Davie
Jun 20, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, suspense
Second in the urban fantasy series, Joe Pitt, a new kind of paranormal crime fiction. Yup, the name says it all—gritty, pulp noir about a 17-year-old runaway who gets infected with the Vyrus turning him into a vampire. Spending the first 30 years, few for a vampire that is, learning the ropes and how to survive in his new unlife. Joe decides to go it alone, as a rogue living a precarious life on the fringe of various clans' territories. Tolerated for his fairness.

The Story
It's been rough in the
Jul 06, 2009 Ryun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’d like to start this review with an exhortation to the horror-tinged-detective-novel-written-in-the-first-person-buying public: Drop that crappy Laurell K. Hamilton book and get on the Charlie Huston train!

With ALREADY DEAD, Huston took his already keen noir skills into the supernatural realm, populating Manhattan with a patchwork of rival “vampyre” clans and doing away with quotation marks altogether. His protagonist – undead sad-sack private eye Joe Pitt – was introduced with macabre magnifi
The first one didn't quite do it for me. I thought it was a good story, good ideas, good characters, but I didn't connect to the series in the way I like to, and so I had this book sitting in my room for weeks. Finally, nothing else to read, sit down with this and am down for the count. This book right here is where Huston really introduces us to Pitt and the world he lives in, and this is where I fell in love with it. The story-line is compelling, the action was gritty and drawing and the chara ...more
Apr 24, 2008 Topher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the 2nd in the series. Originally I picked up the 1st book because it looked like most of my current junk reading (vampires, etc).

This is not junk reading.

The series is very dark - it would be accurate to describe it as noir. And, its very well written. Think Dashiell Hammett mixed with a little bit of sad love. The protagonist's love life really sums it up. His girlfriend isn't big into touching him at all, because she is HIV+. He doesn't want to touch his girlfriend too much becau
Feb 16, 2009 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical of the Joe Pitt series. A good, indulgent, fast read about a 'fictonal' NYC where the vampire underground is making trouble for itself again. If you are into vampire noir/manhattancentric books, you'll enjoy this. The prose is tight, the characters just believable enough. The references to very real bars and shops in and around downtown nyc make it especially enjoyable if you get the references. i can't wait for the next one: Half the Blood in Brooklyn. I can't wait to see what holes Pit ...more
Aug 19, 2016 Max rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was wondering after the surprise I had reading the first Joe Pitt whether Huston would be able to repeat the gritty intrigue and clever story telling - colour me impressed! Although a very different tale to the first, he actually expands Joe's character and his relationships with his human girlfriend Evie and his tentative companionship with the head of the alternative vampire Society, Terry. There's some clichés but this isn't Buffy or Twilight, this is 90% NYC gangster/detective noir with a ...more
Gareth Otton
Pretty much a carbon copy of the first novel. Sure some of the surface details were different but what it boils down to is this. Something happens, joe begins to investigate, Joe gets injured time and again as he gets pulled between all the big players until eventually Joe gets the answers he needs and he uses those answers to get in a position where one of the big players can help him. On top of this there is his girlfriend who he of course has some trouble with in the beginning of the novel bu ...more
Nick Martin
May 29, 2016 Nick Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked this a lot! Joe goes to the Hood, the gang I felt was least developed in the first book. The gangsters in the hood are hip hop vampires. It's hard to do this delicately, so the book kinda just digs in. It's clearly written by a white dude who likes hip hop, but the goofy African-American vernacular is coming out of the mouth of a super-vampire named Grave Digga.

This second book was, in my opinion, a better detective story than the first novel was, which felt like more of a horror novel in
James Hollander
Oct 04, 2015 James Hollander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


When you listen to audio books, you may begin to familiarize yourself with narrators. If you go through a series and the same person reads for you, it may be a comfort, unless of course you can't stand the reader. Gildart Jackson read the Alex Verus series and I felt that it enhanced the story, as if I wasn't being read to at all but just lost in a good tale. Ultimately I think this is what a great narrator does.

Scott Brick was probably my least favorite narrator before I began reading
Although Mr. Huston's writing is very good, I did not like this half as much as the first Joe Pitt novel, "Already Dead." While there was a lot going on, there was a lot less happening here. It is about vampire turf wars in the neighborhoods of New York City, and the distribution of the equivalent of a vampire narcotic, blood already tainted with the vampire virus which you are not supposed to drink if you are already a vampire. Joe Pitt has to find out who is distributing this narcotic in order ...more
Ian Cockerill
Jul 31, 2014 Ian Cockerill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave the first Joe Pitt book three stars, to be honest with myself because I got so damn fed up with Charlie Huston's apparent inability to use speech marks. It is irritating, the books are tightly plotted enough to prove he's clever, so failing to use punctuation, presumably to be cool, is just annoying.

That having been said, I was probably unfair, the books are cool, noir to the point of inky black, did I metion cool in the extreme? With a heart, albeit one that beats to a dead man's metron
It was dark, of course. Violent. Dirty. Intriguing. First I wasn't surprised at all. Then I was a little. Then I enjoyed seeing it unfold.
Dark but no fun :(
May 13, 2014 Dropspun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone loving vampires, urban fantasy, noir or P. N. Elrod's "Vampire Files" series
I've read the first two books in this series by Charlie Huston: "Already Dead" and "No Dominion", and found them both enjoyable reads -- enough so that I'm continuing with the series.

This is not the first noir\vampire fiction I've read; P.N. Elrod's “Vampire Files” series (which begins with “Bloodlist”) is an excellent read as well. I’d rate Huston’s “Joe Pitt” series a little below that, but still quite good, and feel that readers of Elrod’s books would like Huston’s series too.

I like the “Joe
Jan 09, 2010 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 18, 2011 Brandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos-uf
Sin dominio es la continuación de ya estamos muertos, una novela de cine negro, con Joe Pitt (un antiguo punk, con algunos amigos y muchos mas enemigos de los que el quisiera) como nuestro antihéroe de esta trepidante serie de libros. Ahora enfrascado en descubrir de que va eso que haya una droga que pone a los vampiros hasta arriba, cosa que no le importa demasiado sino es por que anda mas bien justo de efectivo y de lo otro que guarda en esa nevera, bueno y que acaba de tener que sacar a uno d ...more
May 19, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007-reads
PROTAGONIST: Joe Pitt, vampire
SETTING: New York City
SERIES: #2 of 2
RATING: 3.75

How do you like your vampires? Do you want them swishing around in long black capes with bad hairdos? Do you want the fangs to be long and menacing, or do you prefer a more discreet dentation? George Hamilton or Tom Cruise? If any of these are your preference, then you are going to be out of luck when you read NO DOMINION by Charlie Huston. His vampires act and look very much like normal people. There's no one going a
Julie Davis
Joe Pitt is Charlie Huston's noir-ish, smart talking, tough, vampire private eye. Of sorts. He's asked to find out what drug new vampires are taking that makes them freak out in a completely destructive way (to them and to anyone or anything nearby). Personally, he's also grappling with his girlfriend Evie's request that he donate blood as her HIV infection is taking on a new, dangerous level of activity. She's not a vampire and doesn't know that Joe is ... so things are naturally a bit strained ...more
Nov 02, 2010 Reed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 07, 2010 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of Charlie Huston's Joe Pitt books was an excellent read with one caveat. You have to have read the first book, Already Dead, otherwise the players and intrigue make little to no sense. If you HAVE read Already Dead, then this is a must read. The hard nosed Joe Pitt continues to have troubles with the Society, the Coalition and now the boys up above 110th as well. We learn a little more about everything and everyone as well as the political dynamics of the vampire clans of NY. I am enamor ...more
Liked this one more than the first one (feels more "established"), but would rank it more at 3.5 stars. However, going with 4 stars because despite not necessarily loving it (i feel it could be more fleshed out, maybe a bit longer, these are extremely quick and easy reads, I almost feel as if certain history/plot developments are being kept out of these novels so they can be included in later books, I feel after two (2) books we should know a lot more considering everything that Pitt has gone th ...more
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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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