By David Wellington
In the following 23 hours, there'll be no reprieve,
no mercy, and no day without work for sturdy behavior.
When vampire hunter Laura Caxton is locked up in a maximum-security legal, the cop-turned-con reveals herself surrounded by way of numerous murderers and death-row inmates with not anything to lose . . . and lots of time to kill.
Caxton’s consistently been in a position to watch her personal back–even whilst it’s opposed to a cell-block wall–but quickly she learns that a fair larger possibility has slithered in the back of the bars to hitch her. Justinia Malvern, the world’s oldest residing vampire, has taken up place of dwelling, and her power grows through the instant as she raids the inmate inhabitants like an open bar with an all-you-can-drink provide of clean blood. The artful previous vampire understands simply easy methods to pull Caxton’s strings, too, and she's issued an ultimatum that Laura can’t refuse.
Now Laura has simply 23 hours to struggle her manner via a gauntlet of vampires, cons, and killers . . . 23 hours to make one final, determined try out at preserving the realm from Justinia’s evil.
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The next moment I am up and removing my knife from the skull of victim number two. The leader sees me grasp the weapon, but neither accelerates nor slows his approach. His expression is an odd mixture of detachment and eagerness. Indeed, only fifty yards from me now, he looks like a neon nutcase. Well, I think, he will be a dead nut in a moment. Placing the knife in my left palm, I cock my arm and let the blade fly, aiming directly for his heart, as he aimed for mine. I know that I will not miss.
The dream was painful to awaken from, and I still pray each time I lie down to sleep that it will return. The color of the stars reminded me of Krishna's eyes. Ray spills his grief quickly. We are back in the car and headed for home as the eastern sky begins to lighten. My lover sits silently beside me, staring at nothing, and my own dark thoughts keep my lips closed. My energy is at a low, but I know I mustn't rest, not until I have formulated a plan to stop the black plague spreading six hundred miles south of us.
That man died in an explosion at my house six weeks ago. The reason I have brought you here is to help me trace the remains of that man. We are driving to the Mayfair Police Station now. " He shakes his head. "No way. " I smile thinly. "That will not happen. And I am not going to answer all your questions, just the ones I choose to answer. You have no choice but to cooperate with me. Like you said last night-you have no leads. And you are more in the dark than you admit. You have several people who seem to have been killed by a person of extraordinary strength.