Also by this author: Through a Glass Darkly, Drop Dead Gorgeous
THERE ARE MONSTERS IN THE WORLD
Captain Darren Matheson, of the L.A.P.D. Homicide Division was a pleasant enough fellow. But when the FBI uses him to track down news reporter Sebastian Hemlock as a "special investigator" he understandably is curious. Hemlock, learning that he had failed with his original killing of an undead creature, seeks a chance to redeem his integrity as well as gaining back the woman he had once loved. Captain Matheson thought the whole case as nothing but a waste of time. He had a murderer to catch!
Sebastian Hemlock had once been a respected news reporter. "Mister News" is what they used to call him. If there was a story to be found out, he usually was the one who uncovered it. That was until Phoenix, Arizona.
In 1991 the police were working on a series of murders. The victims were all drained of blood, the officials were not talking, and Hemlock soon discovered why. The killer was a vampire! With only his FBI friend to assist, the reporter went ahead, investigated, and tracked down the killer to destroy it.
Hemlock was soon betrayed!
After the vampire was laid to rest, Hemlock was shamed, fired, and couldn't get a job anywhere. His best friend turned on him, his girl left, and he was reduced to a tabloid job in Kansas City, Missouri.
Now...the vampire has returned!
We tell our children that there are no such things as monsters. We comfort them with the knowledge that we will always be there to protect them. What happens when we are proven wrong?
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Wow, this guy really knows how to write a story. This is the 2nd book of his that I have read, and Donald Allen Kirch definitely has a talent for creeping me out. I recently reviewed Through a Glass Darkly and enjoyed it immensely. You never know what you will get when you find a new author and start reading their books. Some you will love, some you might hate. So far he’s 2 for 2.
A Stake in Murder is about a nasty sort of vampire. It damn sure doesn’t sparkle, and it’s far from being a misunderstood ladies’ man. It’s called an Aswang. An Aswang comes from Asian folklore and is pretty disgusting. It can separate its torso from its lower body, sprout wings and then have its legs attack you! Can we say, “Kick it in the nuts” boys and girls? It can also suck your blood from a distance. Its tongue can extend quite a ways from its body and has its own set of teeth! Can you even imagine?! I’ve only read about the Aswang in one other book a long time ago and it was about a brothel. To be honest, I was starting to think I had imagined the whole story because I’ve not heard about them since!
Back to the story. A Stake in Murder is a book about a cop, and a disgraced journalist trying to catch a killer, one that the journalist believed he had killed years ago. We are told up front who the killer is. The story follows the officer’s hunt for the vampire/Aswang. There is a government cover up (isn’t there always?).
I do have to say something about the cover. The basic IDEA of the cover is kind of cool. The artwork isn’t TERRIBLE, but it could definitely be better. The girl has a look on her face like someone farted, and her boobs are sagging in a way that is not really attractive in someone wearing what she is. I get that guys will probably like this cover, so if you like it, that’s cool. And like I said, I like the idea of the cover more than the execution. Plus, I’m not quite sure the cover is a good example of what is going on in the book, since the flying vampire has feet, and the Aswang can only sprout wings and fly when it’s lower half is disconnected. But whatever. Ignore the cover and read the book. Lol.
This isn’t a long book by any means, I read it in one day. It is, however, a good story. I very much enjoyed it and will be looking forward to reading more by Donald Allen Kirch.
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