Edward Lee has dealt with many a subject, but one of the things he hasn't dealt with are vampires (to my knowledge he hasn't at least - unless there was a short story I missed in the process). Since he is working off his home turf, I could not only tell that there were problems involved but I could also see flaws in the story he was presenting. I keep telling myself that was the reason that the tale may have suffered, and why I did not find much of the author that can switch topics and still keep on keepign on.
Amongst some of the problems i found was the fact that I did not get the feeling that this was a vampire tale through and through - it dealt with the subject and it had a vampire pop up, but it really did not have that much vampire in the story. What it did have was locations and extra description, reminding me of one of the tricks that authors use to keep a story alive and kicking. That was sad for me to see, too, because I really wanted to like this book. I say that because I'm accustomed to Lee having something tremendous to add to the mix, and i'm not accustomed to the thriller not being something deadly and depraved. It really hurt to find that some places felt like filler instead of answers, and that other places seemed disjointed and not really on the proverbial ball. That made me feel like some of the tale was a bit weak, and it made the read slow and somewhat hard to hold onto.
When Edward Lee writes something, I normally like it and i normally finish it quickly. I also want to normally give it more than one read, but this book had none of those elements. It took a week to finish the book and did so simply because I found parts of it i liked enough to keep going. That said, this book reminded me of the things i found in the book Coven, where I found repeats here and things that were put in for the sake of filling pages in others, and all to complete a book.
The one reason I said that i liked it was because it had a good story for a time, and it did have some of the Edward Lee staples that I seek out quite often. Still, those staples were not the sexy little storylines that I long for but were instead detours that made me less-than-happy. I really felt like this was a shorter book and, if the book was missing around 200 or so pages, it would have been better. That was not the case at all, however, and the filler constricted much of what I wanted to find.
If you want to pick up something new by Lee, go for the Black Train or something older. If you are new to the whole experience, then go get Creekers and see what can be accomplished when Lee puts his mind to it. He has this ability to make horrific things with beauty marks, and i have always liked that about him. I also like the fact that he does not turn away from the death but instead forces energy on whatever devils are walking through his storyline. Here, however, the devils were not what I expected and the vampire was not really strong enough to be the center of the book's attention. It was as if he was writing for the sake of writing, and i cannot recommend someone pick up a book that does not have the strength that Lee normally brings to the table.