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Staked
by J. F. Lewis
Order:  USA  Can
Pocket, 2008 (2008)
Paperback
* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Void City is alive with the undead, werewolves and other supernaturals. No normal citizen ever notices because of a magic spell. The Void City Police are paid well to ignore or cover up vampire crimes so Eric isn't worried that he just killed another vampire even if he doesn't remember who he was or why he killed him. He also killed a werewolf who was hiding in the alley.

Erik is a fairly recent vampire. His wife-to-be when he was human is still alive and a good friend although she's elderly now. He still drives his '67 mustang and refers to the fifties and sixties as if they were the good times. He runs the Demon Heart Strip Club with his friend Roger who is also a vampire.

Being a vampire isn't all its cracked up to be. At least not for Eric who has blackouts when he gets angry, and short-term memory loss because he was embalmed, which is not much fun for the undead and apparently damaging. When his women friends want to be vampires, Eric is reluctant to turn them because they never remain the same after the change, but he often gives in if they are persistent. Killing a werewolf in the alley puts Eric in danger with a pack of born again werewolves and he owes a huge fee to the high society fang for some unholy execution.

This vampire book has it all: mystery, action, violence, magic, humor and cliffhangers. Surviving this story so he can be around for the next book takes a lot of stamina for a dead guy.

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