Vampire Sunrise: Delilah Street: Paranormal Investigator
by Carole Nelson Douglas
Cover Artist: Gordon Crabb
Review by Gayle Surrette
Pocket Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781439156773
Date: 24 November 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
It's been two days, since Delilah and her allies rescued Ric Montoya from the ancient vampire twins under the Karnak Hotel, in Brimstone Kiss. Ric's fighting for his life while Delilah is trying to turn over some rocks and find out how to regain control of her life.
Delilah moved to Las Vagas after seeing herself autopsied on a CSI show. The corpse was named Maggie and Delilah thinks that Maggie may be a relative, clone, twin, or something. As an orphan with no background she's desperate to find out where she comes from. In Las Vegas, she managed to find a place to live, a boyfriend, and a ton of trouble.
She's now working as a paranormal investigator and she's found a few secrets that the supernatural leaders in Vegas thought were buried too deep to ever be found. Since then, she's been one step ahead of being murdered, eaten by werewolves, or even turned into a vampire. Now she needs to see to it that Ric recovers and find out just what is going on and how to stop it, or fix it.
Douglas tells one heck of a good story. Delilah is a strong female lead in an urban fantasy. She's got an affinity to silver and she doesn't know where her powers come from, or even how to use them consistently. What makes her stand out among the others in this field is that she's running on instinct, fear, and a great deal of curiosity -- a trait that made her a great reporter. She gets hurt just like anyone would. She's not all powerful or all knowing. Other than manipulating silver, she's essentially normal, except for an exceptional talent of being able to think on her feet.
The series moves the character development forward with each book. There's some surprises in this one. There's new allies and new enemies and some reshuffling of the previous allies and enemies. The reader is left at the end of the book wondering what's going to happen next. Based on what's gone before, we'll just have to wait and see since Douglas definitely doesn't do the expected.