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No Dominion (Joe Pitt #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,865 Ratings  ·  213 Reviews
New York's favourite rogue detective, Joe Pitt, is about to find himself caught in a nasty power struggle between competing Vampyre clans. Down to his last few bags of blood and behind on rent, Joe takes on a decidedly dirty job: finding the source of a powerful drug that's hit the street.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published July 5th 2007 by Little, Brown Book Group (first published 2006)
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Jun 11, 2012 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
Jan 28, 2010 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
Feb 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-audible
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!
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.
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The second installment from Huston featuring vampire tough guy and gun for hire, Joe Pitt. This series was still on an upward trend with NO DOMINION. Very good.
Feb 11, 2008 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
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Got Blood?

Joe Pitt is the classic pulp fiction tough guy. Part private investigator, part leg breaker, all renegade. Joe Pitt is also a "vampyre".

Welcome to Charlie Huston's contemporary New York, a city where by night the undead walk among us, holed up in darkened Manhattan apartments by day. But But Houston's Dracula is about as similar to Bram Stoker and Transylvanian and bats as blood is similar to Kool Aid. Huston's blood-lusting wraiths of Manhattan are victims of an AIDS-like "Vyrus", al
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
Kathy Davie
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, paranormal
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
Jun 01, 2009 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
Jul 06, 2009 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
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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 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
Dark but no fun :(
Anna Gooding-Call
A standard noir thriller with some gang turf stuff and a typical down and out detective with a chip on his shoulder. The twist is that everyone is a vampire. Well, kind of. The protagonist and mains are all dependent on human blood for survival, healing factor, and kind of a high. It actually made me think about the possibility of a noir detective book starring a heroin addict - might be interesting. Part of the reason I think of this is that the plot is driven by a drug running operation that o ...more
Angel Hernandez
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-books
I really like this book, I really suspense book and how other characters are dealing with problems and show h0w they overcome them. Joe the main character was abused a lot and had a lot in his mind but always had something nice to say about people and never really liked arguing or fighting. The only thing I disliked about this book was that it was a really slow book, it took a while to lead to the conflict of the story and would've like to seen the problem in the beginning of the story
I really love the voice of the Joe Pitt. He's a strong character and a vivid narrator. He does keep causing trouble for himself though, and I keep wanting to tell him to shut his smart mouth. He also gets beat up an excessive amount and in increasingly gruesome manners. I enjoy the world he describes but I could live without some of the more graphic descriptions.
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series, man. It’s dark and gritty, gruesome and utterly awful. I’d never, ever recommend it to anyone. Like, ever.

But oh, man do I love it.

Reading this series has been like hiding in a closet with a bag full of Taco Bell and Chinese takeout: I’m going to regret it, I’m going to love every moment, and I’m not going to talk about it in the morning.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't tell if this book is a 5 star, that includes topics I just don't get or don't like, or if it's a 4 star that has a couple of finer points than don't jive with me. Guess I'll keep trying to figure it out as I read more of the series. Regardless, of which it is, I devoured this book, so my sensibilities aside, it is well worth reading.
Luke Lucas
If you can get past the absolutely cringe inducing attempts at African American Vernacular, it's an enjoyable read.
Petra Spies
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's okay.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And the ride continues
I like the series but Huston could have done the same without the vampire theme.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
love love love this book series.
Josh Peek
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things start to heat up as Huston introduces more clans and the city begins to get fleshed out further. Joe also has more depth added as his "don't take shit from no one" personality expands.
Nov 26, 2009 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
Oct 30, 2010 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
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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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“--Tell them to drop their guns and fuck off out of my way.
--Allow him to--
I clamp my arm tight.
--That's not what I said.
She gets it right this time.
--Drop your guns and fuck off out of his way.
They drop their guns and fuck off out of my way.”
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