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Half the Blood of Brooklyn: A Novelby Charlie Huston
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There's only so much room on the Island, only so much blood, and Manhattan's Vampyre Clans aren't interested in sharing. So when the Vyrus-infected dregs of New York's outer boroughs start creeping across the bridges and through the tunnels, the Clans want to know why.
Bad luck for PI and general hard case Joe Pitt.
See, Joe used to be a Rogue, used to work off his own dime, picked his own gigs, but tight times and a terminally ill girlfriend pushed him into the arms of the renegade Society Clan. Now he has all the cash and blood he needs, but at a steep price. The price tonight is crossing the bridge, rolling to Coney Island, finding the Freak Clan, and figuring out what's driving that bunch of savages to scratch at the Society's door. No need to look far. The answer lies around the corner in Gravesend. Convenient, all those graves.
From uptown to the boardwalk, war drums are beating. Murderous family feuds and personal grudges are being drawn and brandished, along with the long knives. Blood will spill and, big surprise, Joe's in the middle. But hey, why should this night be different from any other?
Sunset to sunrise: put off a war, keep your head attached to your neck, and save your girl. Check. Joe's on the case.
"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) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Charlie Huston and his tenacious hero still have bite: Half the Blood in Brooklyn is just as gutter-level smart as its forebears. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly
"Violent, often ugly, Huston's series is not for the squeamish, but fans will find this installment the best to date." Kirkus Reviews
"Well written and fast-paced, this third installment in Houston's Joe Pitt Casebooks noir series features all the hard-boiled action of the previous titles. While definitely not for the squeamish, it is recommended." Library Journal
"Huston kicks the gore meter up to 11...but this still has the tooth marks of a transitional chapter leading up to a wild free-for-all that should finally sate readers bloodlust." Booklist
"[A] wildly entertaining novel. Charlie Huston is a writer worth keeping an eye on, and I, for one, am going to search out the other books in the Joe Pitt series. I suggest you do as well." BookReporter.com
"[T]he best Joe Pitt book to date. These books are episodic enough that you don't have to read them in order, but if you do, you get the benefit of watching this interesting world (and character) morph in interesting directions." SFSignal.com
About the Author
Charles Huston is a novelist and screenwriter. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife, the actress Virginia Louise Smith.
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