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 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.
After two hard-boiled hits, Caught Stealing and Six Bad Things, Huston does an irresistible and fiendishly original take on the vampire myth. Manhattan is teeming with the undead, the island divided into often-warring vampire clans such as the Society, the Hood and the Enclave. The most powerful is the Coalition, whose goal is to protect its members from public scrutiny and persecution. Rogue PI Joe Pitt (aka Simon), who like all vampires is infected with a virus that requires him to drink blood regularly, is hired by Marilee Horde, a prominent New York socialite, to locate her runaway teenage daughter, Amanda, who may be slumming with homeless goth kids in the East Village. Meanwhile, a "carrier" is on the loose, infecting its victims with a bacterium that turns them into brain-eating zombies. The Coalition wants Pitt to find and destroy the carrier, since the carnage the zombies are causing brings unwanted attention to the undead community. 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. (Dec.)
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1 . Great book
Posted May 13, 2010 by Desiree , MatlockThis was my first free download on my Reader. I thought it was an excellent vampire story which I am not usaully that interested in, but this book was good!
2 . not bad
Posted March 03, 2010 by tina , kentuckygot this when it was free. Pretty good book!
3 . Dialoge
Posted February 27, 2010 by autumn , Johnson CityThis was my first free download book on the Reader and I did luck out. I thought it was fantastic a supernauteral sub-culture/ vampire/ detective story. Lots of Action and suspense! I really like the dialoge it makes you feels as if you are in the Main characters mind.
4 . Good reading
Posted February 14, 2010 by Johanne , Montreal, QuebecThis was my first e-book and I only took it because it was free. Boy, was I lucky in my pic. You get attached to Joe real fast. Information is detailed just enough. Plot has lots of twists. Joe has convictions and is sticking to them. Good reading. I recommend it.
5 . Huston has appeal
Posted February 07, 2010 by HeidiMoon , NJHuston's character is an appealing mix of grit and nobility, and his plot is creative, even has a few surprises for the reader. I found the literary style somewhat off-putting and distracting (a lack of chapter divisions had me feeling a bit overwhelmed) but by the end of the tale, I had been sucked in sufficiently to enjoy the story. It took some getting used to, but I found Joe Pitt to be a "real" guy with "real" appeal, even though he's dead.
6 . Vampires With A Twist
Posted February 07, 2010 by Darcia Helle , New Port RicheyJoe Pitt, the lead character in Already Dead, is a vampyre. He lives in a city where the vampyres have split into various gangs. They jockey for power while hiding their identity from regular humans. Pitt is like a vampyre detective. He's a rogue vampyre who refuses to affiliate with any one gang. And so he works for them all.
The story was fast moving and well-written. There's mystery, suspense and humor to go along with the bloody paranormal stuff.
Huston does not use the typical dialogue format, with quotations and tags to tell you who is speaking. Instead, he uses dashes to indicate dialogue with no tags at all. These paragraphs sometimes ran into each other and consequently made it difficult to follow conversations and pick out what was spoken and what was not. This was a distraction for me. Aside from that, I enjoyed the book.
7 . an OK book - not my usual style
Posted February 01, 2010 by Junie Moon , Dunedin, FLI swore off vampire stories long ago - but this was worth another go-round. I wouldn't recommend this to everyone I know, but if you like vampire stories or detective / mystery novels - you will like this. It moves fast - lots of action. It's kind of gory, but it's about vampires, after all. It will definitely entertain for a few hours - the characters are kind of off-beat and unexpected. It has some good plot twists. I thought the dialog was kind of basic and found the writing style a little annoying, but otherwise, worth a read!
8 . Good, quick read
Posted January 31, 2010 by Shonda , MoranI really enjoyed this book, it was a fun spin on detective novels; where the "detective" here is a vampire working in the both the mortal world and the "undead" world. Fun book and easy read.
9 . GREAT READ!!!
Posted January 27, 2010 by Margie , Nutley, NJI cannot believe that I got this book for free, what a great read. The characters were so vivid and the dialogue so real. I lived in NYC for most of my life so I knew all the street names that were used were real. The action and the pain felt by the main character gave him such depth. I highly recommend this book to anyone even if you're not into vampires just because the story is so worth reading.
10 . Great Junk-Food Read
Posted January 17, 2010 by Erin , LaceyWell, since you're looking at a book about zombies and the like, you're not looking for elegant symbolism and whatnot. Good, because this book is action at its finest. Packed full of intrigue and good characters and plot enough for all. Gotta love it. Kept me entertained for quite a few hours without power.
December 26, 2005
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Excerpt from Already Dead by Charlie Huston
I smell them before I see them. All the powders, perfumes and oils the half-smart ones smear on themselves. The stupid ones just stumble around reeking. The really smart ones take a Goddamn shower. The water doesn't help them in the long run, but the truth is, nothing is gonna help them in the long run. In the long run they're gonna die. Hell, in the long run they're already dead.
So this pack is half-smart. They've splashed themselves with Chanel No. 5, Old Spice, whatever. Most folks just think they have a heavy hand at the personal scent counter. I close my eyes and inhale deeper, because it could just be a group of bridge and tunnelers in from Jersey or Long Island. But it's not. I take that second breath and sure enough, there it is underneath: the sweet, subtle tang of something not quite dead. Something freshly rotting. I'm betting they're the ones I'm looking for. And why wouldn't they be? It's not like these things are thick on the ground. Not yet. I walk a little farther down Avenue A and stop at the sidewalk window of Nino's, the pizza joint on the corner of St. Marks.
I rap on the counter with the ring on my middle finger and one of the Neapolitans comes over.
He looks blank.
--The pizza, what's just out of the oven?
--Tomato and garlic.
--No way, no fucking garlic. How 'bout the broccoli, it been out all day?
--Fine, give me the broccoli. Not too hot, I don't want to burn the roof of my mouth.
He cuts a slice and slides it into the oven to warm up. I could eat the tomato and garlic if I wanted to. It's not like the garlic would hurt me or anything. I just don't like the shit.
While I wait I lean on the counter and watch the customers inside the joint. The usual crowd for a Friday night: couple drunk NYU kids, couple drunk greasers, a drunk squatter, two drunk yuppies on an East Village adventure, a couple drunk hip-hoppers, and the ones I'm looking for. There are three of them standing around the far corner table: an old-school goth chick, and two rail-thin guys, with impossibly high cheekbones, that have fashion junkie written all over them. The kind of guys who live in a squat but make the fashion-week scene by virtue of the skag they bring to the parties. Just my favorite brand of shitdogs all in all.
The Neapolitan is back with my slice. I hand him three bucks. The goth and the fashion junkies watch the two NYU kids stumble out the door. They push their slices around for another minute, then follow. I sprinkle red pepper flakes on my slice and take a big bite, and sure enough it's too hot and I burn the roof of my mouth. The pizza jockey comes back and tosses my fifty cents change on the counter. I swallow, the molten cheese scorching my throat.
--I told you not too hot.