Lady Crymsyn (Vampire Files) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2000
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The Vampire Files are miles ahead of any other in the genre. Elrod writes for adults but without cringe-worthy detail, still managing vivid description. Make no mistake, Elrod controls everything with such mastery that you forget you're reading a passage in a book. You walk the chilly, late-night streets of 1930's Chicago, smelling the exhaust of the boxy, steel, autos and feeling the uncertain times of a pre-war economy overshadowed by the manipulation of organized crime. Add to all that the mystique and romance of the vampire, and you have The Vampire Files--tales of chilling suspense.
I must also mention that Elrod's characterization is superb. She weaves new characters into the story as easily as a cook mixes ingredients, adding fresh amusing dialogue and humor then baking until perfect!
This is the best of the detective, vampire, noir offerings. Don't miss it!
I really enjoy this series. The characters are believable, the plot is engaging and the style is right out of the old gumshoe pulps. To me, the best part of the series is that the hero's vampirism is almost an afterthought. He has real ambitions and real concerns. And some supernatural abilities (and limitations) that both help and hinder him. If you like the old detective magazines, you'll love this twist.