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The dark sleep
Elrod, P. N. (Patricia Nead)
First edition.
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New York : Ace Books, 1999.
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359 pages ; 22 cm.
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Called "fast'intriguing," by Science Fiction Review, and "good-natured fun" by Locus, P.N. Elrod' s series The Vampire Files has captured the imaginations of vampire fans and mystery readers alike. Jack Fleming, a vampire detective, makes his "living" on the mean streets of post-prohibition Chicago. As he struggles to fight the gangsters at large, he is also trying to sustain an ordinary life. At least, as ordinary as it can get when you' re a vampire?Death hasn' t ended Jack Fleming' s problems. His girlfriend Bobbi has caught the attention of a famous radio star, who promises to open doors for the lovely singer'including the one to his bedroom. His current case'retrieving incriminating letters from the ex-lover of a rich, foolish young socialite, looks simple until bullets start flying. Now Jack' s mortal partner is in the hospital. Who' s behind the gun? The ex-lover? The radio star' s goons? An old enemy? Jack has to find out the truth? before the lives of those he loves are put at risk?

Author Notes

Patricia Nead Elrod is a interesting woman who took her three favorite subjects (Vampire stories, gangster films, and pulp magazines) and combined them into one. The unique style of this award winning author, she has published over 20 novels in her literary career. As a resident of Texas, she lives with her dogs, books and TARDIS.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In this eighth installment in the Vampire Files series, Elrod seems a little unsure of herself. However, flaws in the novel's construction--Elrod alternates awkwardly between two competing plot lines while keeping the pace a tad too lethargic--are not enough to distract most readers from the story's fundamental charm. For this is no ordinary private-eye tale: set in Chicago in the late 1930s, the series features as its central character (and narrator) a former journalist who's now a vampire. He's a rather good-natured bloodsucker, happy with who he is and a far cry from Anne Rice's tragic figures. The cleverness of the premise and Elrod's attention to detail should keep most readers from being too troubled by the novel's shortcomings. A must for the author's devoted fans. --David Pitt

Publisher's Weekly Review

Times are tough in gangster-run 1937 Chicago, but for Jack Fleming, newsman turned vampire-hardboiled detective, lifeÄor rather deathÄcouldn't be better. In this latest entry in the Vampire Files (after A Chill in the Blood), vampirism's slight inconveniences (having to drink blood from cows at the stockyards, going comatose at dawn, etc.) are far outweighed by its blessings (invisibility, near immortality and so on). Jack's got a great girlfriendÄplatinum blonde singer/dancer bombshell Bobbi Smythe, who's opening in a new revue at the Nightcrawler ClubÄprotection from the mob and a tidy nest egg with which he hopes to launch his own nightclub. Jack's human partner, however, dapper Brit and former thespian Charles Escott, isn't faring as well. He's mysteriously troubled and going without sleep, although insomnia doesn't prevent him from taking on a case involving retrieving mysterious papers for a saltine-cracker heiress recently engaged to a European prince. Jack's on the case, too, but work takes second place to supporting Bobbi's bid for stardom. Somehow the plot twists into a dark, dangerous journey into Escott's past and the source of his troubled dreams, and only Jack and Escott's longtime pal Shoe Coldfield can save him. Winning characterizations and enough period detail for flavor enhance a clever and fast-paced detective story. Readers acquainted with the series will be particularly pleased to discover more about Escott's background and his connection to Coldfield. New readers will enjoy this one on its own, and gain a taste for earlier (and future) drafts from the same vein. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This is the eighth novel in Elrod's popular "Vampire Files" series (e.g., A Chill in the Blood, LJ 6/15/98) featuring the adventures of the undead detective hero Jack Fleming. As with most of the stories in the series, the setting is 1930s Chicago, when mobster influence was prevalent. Jack narrates the tale in his usual wisecracking way. This time he is helping his friend, private investigator Charles Escott, recover some valuable papers stolen from a wealthy client. The endeavor turns out to be more complex than anticipated. Meanwhile, Jack's girlfriend, Bobbi, a singer, has a chance for a big break in show business. Unfortunately, this brings her into contact with rather shady, dangerous characters, and in such a situation it helps to have a vampire boyfriend. It must be said that Jack is not one of the evil undead, just an average guy who happens to be a vampire.This is an entertaining, nicely paced mystery with lots of period atmosphere. For mystery and fantasy collections.ÄPatricia Altner, Information Seekers, Bowie, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.