23 Hours: A Vengeful Vampire Tale by David Wellington

By David Wellington

In the subsequent 23 hours, there'll be no reprieve,
no mercy, and no day without work for solid behavior.

When vampire hunter Laura Caxton is locked up in a maximum-security legal, the cop-turned-con reveals herself surrounded via numerous murderers and death-row inmates with not anything to lose . . . and many time to kill.

Caxton’s continuously been capable of watch her personal back–even while it’s opposed to a cell-block wall–but quickly she learns that an excellent better probability has slithered at the back of the bars to affix her. Justinia Malvern, the world’s oldest dwelling vampire, has taken up place of abode, and her power grows via the instant as she raids the inmate inhabitants like an open bar with an all-you-can-drink provide of unpolluted blood. The artful outdated vampire is familiar with simply easy methods to pull Caxton’s strings, too, and she's issued an ultimatum that Laura can’t refuse.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 test at holding the area from Justinia’s evil.

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My orders will be infrequent, but when I do command, you will see to it that I am obeyed without question. I have friends who will travel with us, cabin passage, at no cost. I may see fit to give them positions on the boat, with such duties as I may deem fitting. You will not question these decisions. I may acquire other friends along the river, and bring them aboard as well. You will welcome them. ” Abner Marsh laughed. “Well, maybe. But it ain’t my river, Mister York, and if you think we’re going to travel in luxury on the old Eli Reynolds, you’re going to be awful sore when you come on board.

The others will be here soon. Alain and Jean are here already, the fools. The thirst is on them. ” “Yes,” Sour Billy said quickly. ” “A Creole sharper, name of Montreuil. He wanted her too, didn’t like being outbid. Think he might get curious. He’s a gambler, seen a lot around the gaming rooms. ” “Tell me about him,” Julian commanded. His voice was liquid, soft and deep and sensuous, rich as a fine cognac. “Young, dark. Black eyes, black hair. Tall. A duelist, they say. Hard man. ” “I will see to him,” Damon Julian said.

We can make plans for our voyage to St. ” Marsh voiced a gruff assent, and York and his companions went off toward their boat, vanishing into the mists. Long after they had gone Marsh stood in the boatyards, staring at the still, silent steamer. “Fevre Dream,” he said loudly, just to test the taste of the words on his tongue. But oddly, for the first time, the name seemed wrong in his ears, fraught with connotations he did not like. He shivered, unaccountably cold for a moment, then snorted and set off for bed.

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