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Throw in noir and crime, mystery and urban fantasy, add a vampire with social conscience and you have the intriguing Blood Crimes.
By Dave Zeltserman
5.0 Stars - 8 Reviews
Here's the set-up:
Blood Crimes is a genre-bending collision of dark urban fantasy and crime that rides shot-gun with Jim and Carol as they carve a homicidal path cross-country.
Jim is infected with the vampire virus. Carol isn't. Yet. But they're united in their hunt for society’s most dangerous predators for Jim's dinner -- so he can feed without harming the innocent. What they don't know is that they're not alone. There are others on their trail, and the climax of Blood Crimes is a shocking jolt of pure mayhem and rock 'n roll violence.
Blood Crimes: Book One is approximately 68,000 words long and has an additional 20,000 words of bonus material .
Reviewers and Commentators Say:
This is one of the few fresh takes on vampirism I've read in years. It's as if Charles Bukowski sat down and said, OK, Bram Stoker, how about this?’ -- Ed Gorman, author of Cage of Night and The Poker Club.
I enjoyed the heck out of this book....It's a wild ride by a master of noir and crime fiction - in this case, infused with some horror. What struck me about this book is that there is a little something for everyone - a stone cold sociopathic killer/mad scientist, a road trip, a PI story, a love story, biker drug gangs, great over-the-top violence, and vampires (or more accurately - people infected with a vampire emulating virus)! I mean - what's not to love???
Blood Crimes is fast. It's visceral. It's definitely not your fourteen-year-old sister's dreamy vampire fantasy. This book grabs you by the guttiwuts, wrenches hard, and doesn't let go... But don't get me wrong, this isn't your run-of-the-mill shock literature. Zeltserman weaves a disturbing noir with a passionate craftsman's hand over his characters.' --Mindy MacKay
Fast, camp, over the top horror pulp. Zeltserman, a noir author from deep in his bones, has always flirted with horror--his Caretaker of Lorne Field ranks as one of the best novels in that category back in 2010. Blood Crimes goes over the retaining wall and into the dark woods, throwing in delightful twists on reliable tropes, making for a fast, campy thrill ride. These aren't your sister's romantic vampires, to say the least. Gory fun.
About the Author:
Dave Zeltserman won the 2010 Shamus Award for 'Julius Katz' and is the acclaimed author of the ‘man out of prison’ crime trilogy: Small Crimes, Pariah and Killer, where Small Crimes (2008) and Pariah (2009) were both picked by the Washington Post as best books of the year. His recent The Caretaker of Lorne Field received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, calling it a 'superb mix of humor and horror', has been shortlisted by ALA for best horror novel of 2010, Outsourced (2011) has already been called 'a small gem of crime fiction' by Booklist and has been optioned by Impact Pictures and Constantin Film.
Dave Zeltserman is the Shamus award winning author of 'Julius Katz'. His 'man out of prison' crime noir series features the novels Small Crimes, Pariah and Killer, with Small Crimes being selected by NPR as one of the five best crime novels of 2008 and by the Washington Post as one of the best novels of 2008, and Pariah selected by the Washington Post as one of the best novels of 2009. His novel The Caretaker of Lorne Field is a finalist for a Black Quill Award for best dark genre novel of the year.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Dave attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, and after graduating with a BS in Applied Math and Computer Science, returned back to the Boston area where he continues to reside with his wife, Judy. After spending 20 years developing network management software for several of the world's leading technology companies, he now splits his time between writing crime fiction and studying martial arts. He holds a black belt in Kung Fu.
His upcoming crime novels include Outsourced and The Essence of Monsters. Outsourced has already been called a 'small gem of crime fiction' by Booklist and has been optioned by Constantin Film and Impact Pictures.