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Stalking the Vampire: A Fable of Tonight by Mike Resnick
Cover Artist: Dan Dos Santos
Review by Drew Bittner
Pyr Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781591026495
Date: August 2008 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

John J. Mallory, private eye in a very unusual parallel Manhattan, is riding out Halloween--barely. His partner Winnifred, a peerless hunter of all things natural and unnatural, is looking uncommonly tired; she reveals that her nephew has come to town and is a bit more nocturnal than she expected.

Mallory isn't too surprised to find the kid's been turned into a vampire. What does surprise this hardboiled gumshoe is finding the kid dead, Winnifred on a hunting rampage, and the apparent malefactor scared out of his wits.

From official release/information:

From publisher's website: It's Halloween, and John Justin Mallory's partner, Winnifred Carruthers, has been so busy preparing for the biggest holiday of the year (in his Manhattan, anyway) that she seems short of energy and pale. Mallory is worried that she's been working too hard. Then he notices the two puncture marks on her neck…

On this night when ghosts and goblins are out celebrating, detective Mallory must stalk the vampire who has threatened his assistant, Winnifred Carruthers, and killed her nephew. With the aid of Felina, the catgirl, Mallory and Carruthers investigate clubs and lairs that only seem to exist on this one night of the year.

His hunt takes him to Creepy Conrad's Cut-Rate All-Night Mortuary, where he questions the living and the dead; to the Annual Zombies' Ball, to learn more about the undead; to the Hills of Home Cemetery, where the vampire sleeps by day; and to Battery Park, where all of Manhattan's bats come to feed and sleep. Along the way he meets a few old friends and enemies, and a host of strange new inhabitants of this otherworldly Manhattan.

Locked in an intriguing battle of wits with the millennia-old vampire, Mallory has until dawn if he is to save his trusted partner.

(Source: Pyr)

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