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“People think Alcoholics Anonymous is for drunks. It’s not. It’s for us, the real drinkers. The blood drinkers. All the rest of those meetings are just for show.”

Los Angeles, 1948. Detective Jack Strayhorn is killed while chasing down a suspect in the Black Dahlia murders all by himself.

Los Angeles, 2010. Jack Strayhorn is back in L.A. as a private investigator with a simple mission: catch the bad guys and try not to kill any innocent people along the way.

To him and his kind, human blood is the strongest drug in the world. Fortunately for Jack, he found the secret group within AA dedicated to helping Vampires survive the madness and destruction of their disease.

When a city councilman with ties to a drug-dealing Fae clan is found dead in his home and the woman lying next to him is Jack’s current missing person’s case, tracking down the ghostlike hitman will test him like nothing before.

But this time, Jack won’t be alone. With the help of his unique powers of investigation, his magically talented friends, and a Medical Examiner with a few secrets of her own, Jack will face down a gang of outlaw biker werewolves, spell-casting Fae high on pixie dust, and an underground order of Vampires intent on ruling the world.

As Jack learned long ago, the only way to get through eternity is one death a time.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
November 21
Thomas M. Hewlett
Smashwords, Inc.

Customer Reviews


One Death at a Time (Twelve Stakes) - a real romp of a read!

There's a new PI joining the L.A. Noir canvas - Jack Strayhorn. And like his predecessors he knows the real L.A., has disdain for the foolishness of politicians and the rich, is a an ex-LAPD homicide detective, and a recovering addict. Addicted to what - blood - and going to a different level of AA restricted to others of his ilk. Born in 1910, cop on the Black Dahlia murders, and now surviving as a vampire in current day L.A., Thomas Hewlett's detective Jack Strayhorn, is the beginning of a new genre - Vamp Noir. We readers are in for a wild, heady, ride starting with this first of twelve books - One Death at a Time.

And all this time you thought AA was just for drunks.

Write on Mr. Hewlett - we will be anxiously waiting for the next installment. Or should we heed Jack Strayhorn's AA sponsor's advice - "Be careful what you wish for"?

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