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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,602 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlie Huston Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Joe Pitt Casebooks Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781455190676
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Those stories you hear? The ones about things that only come out at night? Things that feed on blood, feed on us? Got news for you: they’re true. Only it’s not like the movies or old man Stoker’s storybook. It’s worse. Especially if you happen to be one of them. Just ask Joe Pitt.

There’s a shambler on the loose. Some fool who got himself infected with a flesh-eating bacteria is lurching around, trying to munch on folks’ brains. Joe hates shamblers, but he’s still the one who has to deal with them. That’s just the kind of life he has. Except afterlife might be a better word.

From the Battery to the Bronx, and from river to river, Manhattan is crawling with Vampyres. Joe is one of them, and he’s not happy about it. Yeah, he gets to be stronger and faster than you, and he’s tough as nails and hard to kill. But spending his nights trying to score a pint of blood to feed the Vyrus that’s eating at him isn’t his idea of a good time. And Joe doesn’t make it any easier on himself. Going his own way, refusing to ally with the Clans that run the undead underside of Manhattan—it ain’t easy. It’s worse once he gets mixed up with the Coalition—the city’s most powerful Clan—and finds himself searching for a poor little rich girl who’s gone missing in Alphabet City.

Now the Coalition and the girl’s high-society parents are breathing down his neck, anarchist Vampyres are pushing him around, and a crazy Vampyre cult is stalking him. No time to complain, though. Got to find that girl and kill that shambler before the whip comes down…and before the sun comes up.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There are echoes of Raymond Chandlerin Huston’s work and of Hunter S. Thompson, too. Among the new voices in 21st-century crime fiction, Charlie Huston, as much as anyone I can think of, is where it’s at.”

    Washington Post

  • “It’s probably true that this book’s core audience is among the young, the cool, the hip and the unshockable. Of course, it’s also suitable for those of any age who have the wit to appreciate clever, hard-edged writing…there are echoes of Raymond Chandler in Huston’s work and of Hunter S. Thompson, too. Among the new voices in 21st-century crime fiction, Charlie Huston, as much as anyone I can think of, is where it’s at.”

    Washington Post

  • “Huston portrays a noirish, gritty, alter-Manhattan world…The terse, hard-boiled prose and characters contain shades of Raymond Chandler, Hunter S. Thompson, and Quentin Tarantino, but are wholly original.”

    Bookmarks Magazine

  • “An irresistible and fiendishly original take on the vampire myth…Huston has fun playing with the conventions of the genre, creating his own hip update that will appeal to fans of Quentin Tarantino and Buffy the Vampire Slayer alike.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Huston’s intricate, fast-paced, Chandleresque vampire-crime story has plenty of action, violence, and raw language. An excellent story.”

    Library Journal

  • “The narrative fairly blazes alive the second one hears the world-weary Joe Pitt voiced by Scott Brick…I’m now a fan, not only of author Charlie Huston, but also of Scott Brick. Highly recommended.”

    SFFAudio.com

  • “[The] noir-style dialogue…sends thrills through the listener…the narrative fairly blazes alive the second one hears the world-weary Joe Pitt voiced by Scott Brick…I’m now a fan, not only of author Charlie Huston, but also of Scott Brick. Highly recommended.”

    SFFAudio.com

  • “The narrative fairly blazes alive the second one hears the world-weary Joe Pitt voiced by Scott Brick. Highly recommended.”

    SFFAudio.com

  • “Scott Brick…brings dimension to the story…[His] portrayal of Joe in the throws of the Vyrus is tremendous. The agony and the struggle are palpable…[Brick] delivers a ‘Wow’ performance with his interpretation of Already Dead.”

    SFSite.com

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bailey Meeker | 2/14/2014

    " Pretty good. The story is good but the writing could be better. The ebook version needs some dividers between scenes, however. The lack of dividers or chapters was pretty confusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Whitney | 2/9/2014

    " Vampire noir. Free in Amazon Kindle's store. I read mine on my iPhone. Gritty and action-packed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 2/9/2014

    " I like vampires but its so hard to find decent books written about them that aren't just thinly veiled Erotic fiction, so when I read a great review of this book in SFX I decided to check it out. Joe Pitt is a Vampire but he isn't one of your shagging anything, dark of heartness type of dudes, he is kind of a PI, well trying to do anything to keep himself out of trouble with the different gangs running NYC. Really enjoyed this Noir-Vampire novel, happy that it is going to be a series of books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dylan | 2/2/2014

    " This was an entertaining read. It was dark, funny and an interesting twist on Vampires and Zombies. The second book I've read by Huston and will go on to read more by this author. Recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/29/2014

    " I didn't like this as much as his first in the Hank Thompson series, but it's still pretty good - very different premise. Joe Pitts is a vampire, a problem solver for the various vampire clans around NYC. It's always nice to get an original take on the vampire theme - Huston's moves away from the romanticism of most vampire books and concentrates on the real everyday life problems they face in a world where they "don't exist" and are trying to survive. With a missing teenage girl, a zombie on the loose, an angry girlfriend and a mysterious follower that leaves no scent - Joe has gotten himself caught in the middle of a grand plan of some very powerful folks. This was good enough for me to keep reading this series and see what happens in the continuing, I guess you would call it life, of this smart-mouthed vampire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keelin | 1/22/2014

    " If you like hard-boiled, Raymond Chandler mysteries meets Bram Stoker, the Joe Pitt Casebooks are right up your alley. They're kinda like book crack. In a really good way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/16/2014

    " Hard-boiled noir crime novel, but with vampires. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margie | 12/18/2013

    " I have a digital reader and got this book for free, what a great read. If you like vampires this is the book for you. Carlie Huston does a great job of developing the characters and the New York street scene. The plot development is fast paced as well as action sequences. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 12/18/2013

    " Ripping yarn, could have used a bit more world creation, inconclusive ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Binkley | 12/11/2013

    " It was ok. A lot like many of the other vampire series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 11/19/2013

    " Noir undead with some thoughtfulness and imagination - not just a trotting out of the blood and gore brigade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 11/9/2013

    " This is a quick, fun read. Vampires and zombies! Action never lets up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cassandra | 9/23/2013

    " Even though I like Charlie Houston this one was too much for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mapman | 7/5/2013

    " I liked this book. It pulled me in and I am ready for the next one in the series. I love Huston's narrative of the tough (or dumb) wise-guy. I'm thinking for him to do that so well, he must be some sort of wise=guy himself. IMHO. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerseytodd | 1/4/2013

    " really really good - think Anthony Bourdain as a vampire, without the cooking part... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gigi | 12/15/2012

    " Easy and Fast read...kept me interested and entertained. Loved them all! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andromeda Dunker | 12/6/2012

    " Great fun series on "vampyres." Combines film noir and mafia with a different take on the vampire genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 8/26/2012

    " If Dwight from Sin City was a vampire, this is what his story might have been like. Fun and dark and violent. Good news if you, like me, were left wanting more after the end... this is but the first book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Topher | 8/9/2012

    " Vampire novel does Noir (think Maltese Falcon, etc) - good read, different from the normal crap I read. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ally | 8/8/2011

    " Really love Huston's writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellygirl | 8/3/2011

    " Much more clever than the Twilight books - liked that it was an edgy/adult vampire story. A quick read as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mai Ling | 6/21/2011

    " Detective novels aren't usually my thing, but throw in a couple of vampires and I'm sold. Honestly, though, I'd probably read anything by Charlie Huston just because he's so dang fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deyara | 6/20/2011

    " Vamp non-court politics. Great flawed character, fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andromeda | 6/19/2011

    " Great fun series on "vampyres." Combines film noir and mafia with a different take on the vampire genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 6/19/2011

    " Very good. Urban fantasy, PI type book set in an interesting world, with a very readable lead character in Joe Pitt. Definately reading the next one of these. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wiggie | 6/12/2011

    " I am becoming a big Charlie Huston fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 5/9/2011

    " Fun fluff read. Vampire detective looking to stop a zombie outbreak. What more do you need? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karmen | 5/5/2011

    " Vampire meets detective (in the line of Sam Spade). Mixes vampire info with conspiracies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trisha | 4/27/2011

    " Very hard book to like to begin with - not my usual read. It did manage to grab my attention enough to keep reading, and actually quite, nearly, almost enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 4/4/2011

    " Amazing. Very much a Blade style vampire story. My only pet peeve is the shoehorning of words like "Vyrus" and "Vampyre." It doesn't make the story any cooler, so why offend grammar nerds?

    -ra "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 3/26/2011

    " A fun read - brisk pace, crisp, edgy dialogue and a serviceable story with some pretty cool twists on vampire/zombie mythologies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 3/25/2011

    " Good book. the author has a unique and dark style. A little slow to get into the main conflict, but definitely a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rcharbon | 3/16/2011

    " Totally lacking in originality, but quite readable. He steals from some good sources, and his vampyres aren't all Twilightly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dylan | 3/14/2011

    " This was an entertaining read. It was dark, funny and an interesting twist on Vampires and Zombies. The second book I've read by Huston and will go on to read more by this author. Recommended! "

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About the Author
Author Charlie Huston

Charlie Huston is the bestselling author of The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death; The Shotgun Rule; the Henry Thompson trilogy, which includes the Edgar Award–nominated Six Bad Things; and the Joe Pitt Casebooks. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Virginia Louise Smith.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.