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Already Dead by Charlie Huston
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Mar 08, 2009

really liked it
Read in March, 2009

Hey, we've had vampires everywhere else, why not in the hard-boiled detective novel?

Joe Pitt is more of a fixer, a rogue vampire who tries to play between the lines of competing factions by making himself useful to all of them from time to time. He has an ugly past, a human girlfriend with HIV, and a strong urge for social justice despite his gruff surface demeanor. In this first book in the series, he gets involved with zombies, an unhappy wealthy couple whose daughter is missing, and several different vampire clans, each of which have a different political style and each of which claim a different section of Manhattan.

Huston fills the book with ugly details. He makes the most of the tortures of the sun and the ability of vampires to heal, putting his lead character through a battering serires of violent encounters. The details of brain-eating zombies, sexual abuse, and some real sick folks are all deeply ingrained in this plot. If you can take all that, I think you'll enjoy this book a great deal. Pitt is a great lead and Huston fills the book with interesting secondary characters. He leaves the book with lots of great hooks upon which future adventures can be built.
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