His iron hand once kept the warring vampire clans of decadent 1920s New York from one another's throats. But now, outcast from his own kind, Dorian Black haunts the back alleys of the city alone. Until the night he meets reporter Gwen Murphy and feels something stir within him for the first time in centuries.
Gwen has stumbled upon the story of a lifetimea mysterious cult of blood drinkersand she'll do anything to uncover the truth and make her mark despite the danger. Unaware of Dorian's involvement and sensing his loneliness, she offers him kindness and friendshipand eventually, her heart.
But in order to protect Gwen, Dorian will soon be forced to do the unthinkable.
In Roaring '20s New York, Dorian Black is a vampire enforcer who kills his master and leaves his two primary lieutenants to form their own factions, soon battling to win supremacy in the city. When Dorian saves human reporter Gwen Murphy from drowning and finds himself inexplicably drawn to her, she is busy investigating the mysterious deaths of mobsters, all drained of blood. When she discovers the intricate web of urban vampires, they're soon on to her, and she's at risk. Dorian himself gets involved with a vampire organization called Pax, dedicated to peace between vampires, but perhaps not all that it seems. Krinard's New York and vampire factors could use more color, but Gwen is the classic intrepid girl reporter, the plot intrigues are well drawn, and the commentary on religious fanaticism is engaging. (Mar.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information