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In the Blood

Novel by Nancy A Collins (USA) 1992.

After the disappointment of Sunglasses After Dark (in fairness, only due to the overdone praise awarded by the genre press), this is all we could have hoped for in a sequel. William Palmer, an unjustly imprisoned private eye, makes a deal that will ensure his release: all he has to do is find one girl and deliver one letter. However his new employer is Dr Pangloss, a fifteen-hundred year old vampire, and the girl is his 'grand-daughter', Sonja Blue. He finds her but makes a new deal with her, taking her role in the first book (the student having to cope with a newfound reality) and Sonja becomes his teacher. She helps him with his newfound telepathic sensitivity, while he helps her in a crusade to destroy her 'father', whose trail Pangloss is putting her on. Of course her father just happens to be another powerful vampire named Morgan, who is causing a large stir in the vampire hierarchy by attempting to create a breed of silver-resistant vampires in thrall to him.

Collins proves that Sonja can be a deep and complex character, showing hitherto unseen vulnerabilities; Morgan proves to be a worthy adversary, as impressive as was expected; and the supporting cast of vampires, ogres, seraphim, demons and other inhabitants of the Real World prove fascinating reading. Unfolding as fluidly as Sunglasses After Dark or Tempter, this goes beyond both in depth of detail and plot, showing that Nancy Collins truly justified her hype as a talent to watch. Sonja Blue continues in Paint It Black.


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