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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (22 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612181473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612181479
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shoveled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992 and his bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television on such shows as “London's Burning,” “The Knock,” and the BBC's “Murder in Mind” series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. His ebooks have spent more than six months on the UK Kindle Top 100 and for several months he had four titles in the UK Kindle Top 10. You can find out more from his website, www.stephenleather.com.


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I downloaded this to my Kindle mostly because it was cheap! However, once I started reading I was hooked. I found the main character very sympathetic and the story had an easy pace which carried me along.

I generally like vampire and supernatural stories but this one has a nice twist on what makes a vampire.

I've only given four stars because, like some other reviewers I found it a bit short. I would have liked more...
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Nice reading. Complete fantasy, but still I liked it
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I bought the book as my first Stephen Leather reading experience after seeing his titles consistently in the Top 100 Amazon lists.

I enjoyed the book, a not so typical vampire story that was well written, the characters were well described, thought out, and believable, and the story was an intriguing step aside from usual vampire stories.

I thought the ending was quite good, albeit as some have mentioned the "10 year" period was glossed over, maybe it was better that way, and you reached the conclusion of the story with a lot of questions unanswered, possibly room for a sequel.....who knows.

Well worth a read and I have already purchased the next Stephen Leather book for me to get to grips with.
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I bought this book as it was in the Kindle top 100 and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It is not your typical vampire story and gives an interesting alternative to the standard view. I could really see this book being made into a indie type film (low - moderate budget or maybe made-for-TV movie) and the way it is written reminded me very much of Michael Crichton, especially with the extra detail about things that are not necessary for the actual plot but still very interesting and which help me get a better understanding of the lead characters line of work. A good, well thought out plot as well and I especially liked the ending.

Why only 4 stars? At only 250 pages it was too short for me personally, I think the "10 years" period (can't say more than this without spoilers) could have been more detailed which could easily have lengthened the book by another 100 or so pages. But this is simply my personal preference - I like long and detailed books - and the story itself certainly didn't require it and didn't feel rushed in any way.

A word of warning: if you like your books all neatly tied up at the end then you won't enjoy this book's conclusion as it is very much true to life in that there are a lot of questions left unanswered. This could be because the author intends to write a sequel but I suspect what is actually intended is to make you think a bit...
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Reason for purchasing: Guess what? This book was another Christmas present! After enjoying Dreamer's Cat by Stephen Leather and The Basement by Stephen Leather, I was not sure what to expect from the cover/title of this book but was more than willing to tuck in.

Setting: Los Angeles.

Storyline: I would not call this book horrific. Mr Leather uses the horror genre in the same way he uses the sci-fi genre in Dreamer's Cat: to give us a different perspective on something that has otherwise been done to death, hence creating an interesting and unusual story that has its roots firmly set in the thriller genre. This time, we become a middle-aged psychiatrist (who is depressed about growing old), working for the LA Police Department, who is nicknamed the Vampire Hunter and Batman, because of the bat mobile style car he drives. Jamie Beaverbrook uses a MacBookPro (more reasons for loving this story!) to run a profiling program he has researched and written and honed over ten years to pick out the crazies from the crimes of passion that occur with breathtaking and depressing rapidity in the city of Angels. He is doing just fine until he has to interview a twenty-five year old valley girl, Terry Ferriman, whom his program categorises as normal but whom his gut tells him there is something special about. He falls in love with her but then discovers all is not as it seems. Bit by bit, he ends up investigating Terry, and uncovers her frightening secrets, whereupon secret X file style government departments get involved and well, who could guess the ending. I certainly could not. Although once finished you will kick yourself.
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I thought this would be just another trendy vampire love story but it was cheap so I gave it a go. What a pleasant surprise! Couldn't put it down. Will certainly look for other books by Stephen Leather now.
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This was one of 5 books I read in 11 days on a break, it was different from the usual vampire offering and very enjoyable as not predictable in where it was going and I like the modern day setting with the police involvement, it was kind of a crime/vamp so gave you 2 stories in one. Well those are my thoughts why not give it a try if you like vamp stories that are not fluffy and Ed McBain then this may be for you.
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Badly written, clichéd book. Could not finish it. The book reads like the author churned it out in a day or so. It is filled with stock scenarios; the protagonist's emotions feel very contrived. It is a paranormal book, but even for the genre, very badly written. Do not bother with this, my only relief is I paid only less that £2 for it.
I have read other books by the author especially the Nightingale ones, but this was just plainly badly written. Every author is allowed a dud one, but this had put me off him permanently.
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