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Cold Streets

de P. N. Elrod

Séries: Vampire Files (10)

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"It's 1938 and everyone's braving Chicago's cold streets to catch the talent at Lady Crymsyn, Jack Fleming's swank new nightclub. So what if he bankrolled it with stolen mob money? Fleming earned it, washed it clean, and turned a burned-out hellhole into a palace that's pulling in the rich and powerful - like Gordy Weems, the mob boss who's declared Lady Crymsyn neutral ground." "Unfortunately, the club also attracts society swells like Hurley Dugan, the brains behind a kidnapping that Jack foiled. Out on bail, Dugan's onto Jack's unnatural secret, and he's made Lady Crymsyn his favorite after-hours haunt for blackmail. And Lady Crymsyn is also the perfect nightspot for a cheap hood out of New York who wants to muscle in on prime mob territory - which means taking out Gordy, Jack, and anyone else who gets in his way."."Jack Fleming would prefer to stay out of danger - mortal or otherwise. But when the bullets fly and the blood flows, it'll become clear that the simple life of a club owner is not in the cards for a vampire with a thirst for justice."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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Readers who can't stand mixed genres -- vampire and noir detective in this case, probably won't want to read this book. I think they'll be missing a good read. I've read a couple of Jack Fleming stories in anthologies, but this is my first Vampire Files novel. This one opens with a scene that would do for the climax of a story, but it's just the beginning for poor Jack. He's up against a society gent whom we would call a serial killer these days. If that's not enough, a big lout from the New York mob has come to Jack's city with ideas Jack doesn't like. Neither do I, for that matter.
Because this is a series, don't expect to have everything resolved in this book. There's action for action fans, detecting for mystery fans, relationships for relationship fans, and the wry touch of having a vampire hero who does not want to believe in ghosts. (The resident ghost is not amused.)
I don't know about the other books, but in this one Jack suffers from Wolverine Syndrome. If you're not familiar with that comic book superhero, his mutant powers allow him to heal from injuries that would be fatal to those of us not so blessed, so the writers give his healing factor plenty of work. It is an easy way to show how bad the villain/situation is, after all. There's a scene late in this book that's not for the squeamish. Fortunately for myself, I've read fanfic (not to mention Barbara Hambly and Laurell K. Hamilton). Am I looking forward to reading more of the Vampire Files? Yes. ( )
  JalenV | Dec 2, 2011 |
Feels strangely incomplete - the emotional arc may have been completed, but the story arc wasn't. The structure is that of hard-boiled detective stories, yet the "cases" don't get resolved to satisfaction within the book.
Witty and sly, the language fits the setting and genre snugly - no word goes to waste.
Jack Fleming remains charming. ( )
  storyjunkie | Apr 27, 2009 |
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"It's 1938 and everyone's braving Chicago's cold streets to catch the talent at Lady Crymsyn, Jack Fleming's swank new nightclub. So what if he bankrolled it with stolen mob money? Fleming earned it, washed it clean, and turned a burned-out hellhole into a palace that's pulling in the rich and powerful - like Gordy Weems, the mob boss who's declared Lady Crymsyn neutral ground." "Unfortunately, the club also attracts society swells like Hurley Dugan, the brains behind a kidnapping that Jack foiled. Out on bail, Dugan's onto Jack's unnatural secret, and he's made Lady Crymsyn his favorite after-hours haunt for blackmail. And Lady Crymsyn is also the perfect nightspot for a cheap hood out of New York who wants to muscle in on prime mob territory - which means taking out Gordy, Jack, and anyone else who gets in his way."."Jack Fleming would prefer to stay out of danger - mortal or otherwise. But when the bullets fly and the blood flows, it'll become clear that the simple life of a club owner is not in the cards for a vampire with a thirst for justice."--BOOK JACKET.

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