Half the Blood of Brooklyn: A Novel
by Charlie Huston
Review by Gayle Surrette
Del Rey Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345495877
Date: 26 December 2007
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Joe Pitt is back working for Terry again as an enforcer. This gets him the medical care and blood that Evie needs as her HIV goes active. Joe is watching her waste away knowing that if she could survive a bite she could be cured. But, he's not sure how the vyrus would change her or if she'd cope with it.
Meanwhile, Terry is playing political games trying to consolidate his power by reaching out to the vampyres in Brooklyn and he sends Joe to escort Lydia to a negotiation. But life wouldn't be the same for Joe Pitt if everything went smoothly so when things start unraveling -- all you can do is buckle up and hold on because the action is non-stop.
From official release/information:
Product Description: There's only so much room on the Island, only so much blood, and Manhattan's Vampyre Clans aren't interested in sharing. So when the Vyrus-infected dregs of New York's outer boroughs start creeping across the bridges and through the tunnels, the Clans want to know why.
Bad luck for PI and general hard case Joe Pitt.
See, Joe used to be a Rogue, used to work off his own dime, picked his own gigs, but tight times and a terminally ill girlfriend pushed him into the arms of the renegade Society Clan. Now he has all the cash and blood he needs, but at a steep price. The price tonight is crossing the bridge, rolling to Coney Island, finding the Freak Clan, and figuring out what's driving that bunch of savages to scratch at the Society's door. No need to look far. The answer lies around the corner in Gravesend. Convenient, all those graves.
From uptown to the boardwalk, war drums are beating. Murderous family feuds and personal grudges are being drawn and brandished, along with the long knives. Blood will spill and, big surprise, Joe's in the middle. But hey, why should this night be different from any other?
Sunset to sunrise: put off a war, keep your head attached to your neck, and save your girl. Check. Joe's on the case.
Praise for Charlie Huston and his Joe Pitt novels
"In conceiving his world (a New York City divided by vampire clans, each with different reasons to hate Pitt), Huston gives a fading genre a fresh afterlife. [Grade:] A."
"[Huston] creates a world that is at once supernatural and totally familiar, imaginative, and utterly convincing."
–The Philadelphia Inquirer
(Source: Del Rey)
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