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Half The Blood Of Brooklyn: A Joe Pitt Novel, book 3 Paperback – 7 Feb 2008

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (7 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841496804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841496801
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 708,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Huston's third Joe Pitt vampire novel (after Already Dead and No Dominion) takes his Manhattan-based hard-boiled hero on a dangerous trip into the undead communities across the bridge in Brooklyn. The various vampire clans in New York are on the brink of conflict. Leadership has fallen apart, and to make things worse, a "Van Helsing" is running amok and has recently murdered a longtime supplier of contraband blood. Worst of all, Pitt's AIDS-stricken girlfriend, Evie, is in the hospital failing fast. Once again, he's faced with an almost classical dilemma: infecting her with the vampire virus will destroy the illness that's killing her, but she'll be a vampire. Sent to Brooklyn to meet with a rogue clan of carnival freak vampires, Pitt ends up battling a group of radical Jewish bloodsuckers called the lost tribe of Gibeah. As always, Huston's formidable writing chops are on full display: his action scenes are unparalleled in crime fiction and his dialogue is so hip and dead-on that Elmore Leonard should be getting nervous. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

The further, even gorier adventures of Joe Pitt, Vampyre extraordinaire (No Dominion, 2006, etc.). Unbeknownst to most, there are 4,000 undead sucking blood in Manhattan. Among them, the talented Joe Pitt has always been a sort of paradigm of Vampyre ind (KIRKUS REVIEWS)

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Joe Pitt is back in the third of Charlie Huston's stunning vampire noir novels.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 15 July 2009
Format: Paperback
`Half the Blood of Brooklyn' is the third in the Joe Pitt series of PI novels with a twist. The twist being that Pitt is a vampire! I am not a fan of the traditional vampire novel with its lace and romance; therefore for `Brooklyn' to have impressed me as much as it did it had to stand out. This is a gritty crime novel that happens to have many supernatural elements. It is similar in many ways to Jim Butcher's `Dresden' series. `Brooklyn' follows on directly from the first two books and to understand what is going on you need to read them in order. Whilst books 1 and 2 can be read as separate stories, here we get a glimpse of the arch that is going to run through the books. A war is coming to the underground Vampire world of New York and Pitt is caught in the middle.

The first half of `Brooklyn' is the best the series has been yet and stands out as not only great fantasy, but also great crime fiction. Pitt is a classic crime noir character who takes no nonsense and I think he is great. The scenes that see Pitt battered from pillar to post are reminiscent of some of the best crime noir. Unfortunately, Charlie Huston is unable to keep the momentum going throughout and the book falters half way through as religious aspects and clan warfare becomes more prevalent. The action of the story begins to get bogged down in politics that you really don't care too much about. Despite the second half not being as good as the first `Brooklyn' was still a joy to read. An adult book which takes the best elements of two genres. Because of its supernatural core I don't think crime fans will take to the book, but for horror and Vampire fans looking for something a bit more noir, try the series out - the books are only getting better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Robert Fisher on 24 Feb. 2008
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Excellent - Joe Pitt is back with us again, and his third outing is without doubt by far and away the best yet. Following the same story line begun with "Already Dead" and followed up in the second novel "No Dominion", this third instalment represents a brilliant evolution of the Joe Pitt world and the characters who inhabit it.

The triumph of this novel is that it is a marked development on what has gone before. First, it is a stylistic evolution - you get the feeling in the first 2 novels that Huston is still getting the 'style' right. Reading a Pitt novel certainly demands a mind-shift as you change into the very distinctive and particular style in which the story is told. In the earlier novels, just every now and then you got the feeling he was trying a little too hard. In this novel the style is perfect: you easily slip into the Joe Pitt world and allow it to flow around you and carry you along with it. It is much more mature story telling; the plot is tighter, the tension much sharper and the action far more focused and pointed.

Which leads to the second noticeable evolution - the story itself. The main themes of the novel are not only continued from the earlier volumes but are quite brilliantly developed with greater clarity and vision. We see much more of Joe's thinking - we get to know him a little better, and that is a good thing. We end up not just caring for him: quite improbably, we end up feeling for him, and given the kind of person he is, that is a remarkable achievement. But at the same time, Huston has evolved the key characters as well - Terry, Predo, Christian, Evie, the girl, even the Vyrus itself; all have grown stronger with Huston's telling of this new episode and all are now much weightier, more substantial and more meaningful as a result.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Archbold on 2 Feb. 2009
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Although UK readers might not be able to find his books in the local Waterstones, I've enjoyed Huston's hip vampire detective character 'Joe Pitt' enormously. The third in an ongoing series, I even paid over the odds to get an advance copy of the fourth prior to its release in February.
Owing much to every cliche of hardboiled pulp fiction, Huston still manages to pull off a knowing contemporary voice and make it uniquely his own. Definitely not for the fainthearted or sqeamish - (don't go expecting Stephanie Meyer - more Raymond Chandler meets Iggy Pop via Dracula!) Hard to believe someone hasn't picked up on this series for a cult film, or TV series, at the very least.
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I like these books and this author. It maybe my sitaution of having read all the Hank Thompson books and then going through Charlie Thompsons Joe Pitt books that has left me a tad Over Dosed. I have just finished the penultimate forth and found this third book the weakest of the lot. I enjoyed the first half but found the direction of the second act became unruely without guideline and for the sake of it nasty.

The first towards the end has its moments as does the second however by the third it didn't seem like it was helping the plot and more just indulging on its own base freedom. Fair the canival folk within this novel are supposed to be "into" that but man did it bite me in the neck just to kill me not feed me with anything new or cleverly constructed. Weak was my thoughts by the end. The forth however I enjoyed and am eagerly awaiting the fifth.

I just saw that this book had better reviews than the others and whilst its not bad it by far shouldn't be put on a pedastool.

In preferance Joe Pitt does what Hank Thompson did better
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