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Immortal Blood

Novel by Barbara Hambly (USA) 1988.

James Asher is an Oxford professor with many years service with the Foreign Office behind him in trouble spots around the globe. But all his years of spying never led him into the danger that he now faces in the London of 1907, as he has just been 'persuaded' into working for Don Simon Ysidro, a centuries-old Spanish vampire. It appears that, seemingly scornful of their highly developed powers and how difficult they are to kill, someone has disposed of four of London's vampires and there are few clues as to the killer's identity. Asher must use his skills as well as the benefits of being mortal to track down the killer before any more vampires are slain.

Noted as an inventive fantasy novelist of some standing, Barbara Hambly's solo excursion into the macabre holds its own amongst notable company. As a detective story, she provides twists and surprises without being tortuous or contrived; as a historical document, she brings 1907 London to vivid life; and as an entry into the oft-used vampire sub-genre, she offers new ideas and a fresh outlook. The breadth of characters is admirable, the vampires ranging from powerful brutes through impeccable nobility to half-mad penitents. Fascinating, flawless and frankly unmissable. Released in the USA as Those Who Hunt the Night.


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