'Dying Bites' is a fantastic, urban fantasy/crime novel that grips you from the first page. I was underestimating the quality of the novel, I must admit, when I first read the synopsis. It just looked to me like another attempt to re-invent a way to present vampires and were-wolves, in the aftermath of the Twilight phenomenom. Wrong. It was quirky, laugh-out-loud funny at times and the female protagonist, Jace Valchek, I found I could really identify with.
The basic storyline revolves around Jace Valchek, loner-ish Criminal Psychologist for the FBI, who is transported from her (our current) world into a world where vampires, lycanthropes and Golems make up most of the population and humans are a dying breed. Why is she sent there? Because they (the NSA) and the big boss David Cassius, need her to find a vampire & lycanthrope serial killer that is terrorising their world.
Although the idea of vampires and lycanthrope seems overplayed in our current culture in literature, you'd be surprised at how refreshing Barrant portrays them.
"Oh, this just keeps getting better and better," I mutter. "What next? Are you going to tell me the suspect is short, dresses all in green and speaks with an Irish brogue? Were there traces of shamrocks and breakfast cereal left at the crime scene?" [Page 42]
Any fans of Rachel Vincent, Ilona Andrews, Karen Chance, Devon Monk, Patricia Briggs and Kelley Armstrong would enjoy this hilarious and exciting read. The only problem is the wait for the sequel...