Synopses & Reviews
A string of mysterious, gruesome deaths in the Shiprock area has attracted the attention of FBI agent Diane Lopez, who is stunned to learn that one of the victims was a childhood friend. To Diane, the killer is unmistakably a vampire—but the only vampire she knows of is Lee Nez, a State Police officer who prefers his blood chilled in the refrigerator, not hot from someones neck.
Supernatural explanations for the deaths abound—some believe they are the work of the "goatsucker" spirit, others that the killer is an extraterrestrial. Lee Nez, assigned to the case at Dianes request, privately agrees with her that theres a vampire on the loose, but announces that they are looking for a serial killer.
Lee and Diane discover that the victims all worked for a secret government lab that was studying a captured vampire, Stewart Tanner. Half-insane from being experimented on, Tanner broke free and took revenge on the doctors and technicians who had been torturing him.
Desperate to remain free, Tanner threatens to continue killing federal employees unless the US government agrees to leave him alone. In a violent confrontation, Tanner discovers that Lee is a vampire. Believing Lee is colluding with the government, Tanner vows to kill him.
Complicating matters, forensic specialist Dr. Victor Wayne, who began the case as a skeptic—believing Tanner had a rare blood disorder—has begun to believe in vampires. And has turned his attention on Lee . . . .
Trying to turn Dr. Wayne back into a skeptic while protecting federal workers, tracking down Tanner, and staying alive—or at least undead—taxes all of Lee Nezs abilities, natural and supernatural.
"In the Thurlos' fast-paced third adventure (after 2004's Blood Retribution) to feature Leo Hawk (aka Lee Nez), a half-vampire Navajo and New Mexico cop who 'died' in 1945, Leo and FBI agent girlfriend Diane Lopez team up to hunt down Stewart Tanner, a vampire who's been driven insane by torture received in covert government experiments. In addition, the pair must contend with proliferating vampires in Four Corners who are causing major problems. Tanner is captured, but later escapes from his cell after an electrical outage and goes on a killing spree that leads Leo and Diane on a breathless chase. The story ends somewhat abruptly with a surprising discovery that points to secrets to be revealed in the next installment. As usual, the authors smoothly combine action and investigative procedure with insights into Navajo culture. Agent, Elaine Koster. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Is there anything a Navajo half-vampire cop cant handle? Apparently not. Paced like a hundred-yard dash and yet still somehow a leisurely read. Cross-genre entertainment at the top of its form."--Kirkus Reviews
"An entertaining start to a new mystery series."--Locus
"Fast-paced and exciting."--Booklist
"A fantastic blend of reality and the supernatural. My only complaint: having to wait for the next installment."--Romantic Times Bookclub
"Filled with plenty of excitement and intrigue, with enough vampire lore to keep fantasy fans happy and enough thrills to keep mystery readers turning the pages."—Booklist
"Expands on the intriguing Navajo legends at the heart of the story. The Thurlos facility with deft plotting keeps the story moving at a brisk pace. Vampire aficionados will enjoy a look at nightwalkers from a unique cultural viewpoint, and mystery fans will relish the action and clever resolution."—Romantic Times Bookclub
On Pale Death
"Exciting . . . page-turning thrills."--Booklist
"A twist on the vampire novel. Fast-paced, nonstop action abounds."--Romantic Times BOOKReviews
On Blood Retribution
"Pretty entertaining . . . hang on for the ride."--New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Filled with plenty of excitement and intrigue."--Booklist
On Second Sunrise
"Paced like a hundred-yard dash. Cross-genre entertainment at the top of its form."--Kirkus Reviews "An entertaining start to a new mystery series."--Locus
When employees of a secret government lab are gruesomely murdered, Shiprock police officer Lee Nez, a vampire, and FBI agent Diane Lopez realize a rogue vampire/serial killer is on the loose.
A string of gruesome deaths in the Shiprock area has attracted the attention of FBI agent Diane Lopez. The killer is unmistakably a vampire--but the only vampire Diane knows of is State Police officer Lee Nez. One of the good guys. The victims worked for a secret government lab that was studying a captured vampire, Stewart Tanner. Driven mad, Tanner broke free and took revenge on his tormenters. Now he's threatening to kill a powerful judge unless the feds promise to leave him alone.
Forced to use his supernatural abilities to track a vampire gone bad, Lee has trouble concealing his true nature from Dr. Victor Wayne, the researcher who captured Tanner in the first place.
Lee knows that he has to find Tanner before the rogue vampire kills again. He also knows that there can be only one outcome when they meet. Either he, or Tanner, will die.
About the Author
David and Aimée Thurlo
are the authors of the Ella Clah series, the Sister Agatha series, and two previous Lee Nez novels, Second Sunrise
and Blood Retribution
. They have also written Plant Them Deep
, which features Rose Destea from the Ella Clah series, and The Spirit Line
, a novel for young adults. The Thurlos live in Corrales, New Mexico, with an ever-changing menagerie.