The Vampire of New York
by Lee Hunt
Review by Gayle Surrette
Signet Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451222794
Date: 02 January 2008 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
The Vampire of New York keeps you spellbound from the opening prologue to the final page. Hunt takes the vampire legends, gives them a skewed twist, alludes to well-known literary references, and wraps it all up in an archaeological mystery of murder and mayhem. From official release/information:
From back of book: 1863: During a shipwreck in the frigid waters off the coast of North America, one man dies -- and a demon is born again. Enoch Bale, once known as Draculiya the Vampyr, reaches America's shores. On the eve of the New York Draft Riots, Echo Van Helsing comes to the city to avenge the mysterious murder of her father by a hideous creature out of ancient mythology. Instead she is met by conspiracy, unholy terror, and a terrible truth. The Past belongs to the Dead.
The Present: Archaeologist Carrie Norton makes a startling find in a historic Manhattan site: the mummified corpse of a Civil War-era homicide victim. Cold-case detective Max Slattery sees something more -- gruesome, uncanny parallels to a recent series of brutal slayings. Their investigation is about to take them places neither expected, because while the man responsible may be long dead, he is not long gone...