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LA-based P.I. and vampire Mick Angel has been hired by a beautiful red-headed burlesque dancer to find her missing sister. But the apparently simple case of a teenage runaway is soon complicated by drug dealers, persistent cops, murder, and Mick’s own past. Mick must learn the hard way what every vampire should know--nothing stays buried forever, especially not the past.
A Q&A with Author Trevor O. Munson
Q: What is Angel of Vengeance about?
Munson: Angel of Vengeance is a dark, fast-paced, modern noir crime novel about a hard-boiled LA-based private-dick who also just so happens to be a vampire. Turned back in the 1940’s, Mick Angel is a product of his own bygone era who now finds himself out of step with present day.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for the book?
Munson: I came up with the idea for Angel of Vengeance after rereading Dracula and following it up with a Raymond Chandler novel. Blending two genres I loved seemed like it would be a lot of fun to write.
Q: What influenced Angel of Vengeance?
Munson: The two biggest influences for the book were Raymond Chandler novels and the movie Angel Heart. Anyone who’s seen the movie will probably not have to look far to notice some distinct similarities to certain aspects of the story that unfolds in my novel. (P.S. It’s no accident that my characters’ first name is Mick, or his last name Angel...)
Q: Angel of Vengeance redefines and explores classic vampire lore, such as the ability to turn into a bat and seeing a reflection in a mirror. How did you approach creating your unique spin on vampires?
Munson: My basic approach in redefining classic vampire lore was to attempt to "noirify" the vampire mythology. I wanted to recreate the rules to reflect the themes you see repeated over and over in noir storytelling. This is why I had Mick take his blood with a needle, and sleep in a freezer to stave off his slow decay.
Q: Vampires continue to be a popular literary subject. How do you explain their popularity and continued relevance?
Munson: I think the idea of breaking death’s hold, and living on indefinitely as a beautiful and powerful being is understandably alluring to many of us. How cool would it be to have the time and resources to learn, do, see, and experience everything our world has to offer?
Personally, however, I see vampires as beautiful tragic creatures, who make a Faustian bargain to give up their humanity in order to become immortal. It is this trade-off that interests me most. It seemed fertile ground for discussing what it means to be human by exploring the cost of immortality and how a person might feel about what he has lost in the process.
Q: When Angel of Vengeance was adapted into the TV show Moonlight, what changes did the story and characters go through?
Munson: The novel is a much darker tale than that depicted in Moonlight. The mandate from CBS was that they loved the main character and the vampire world, but they wanted the show to have a strong romantic angle. As a result, the book was more of a ‘jumping off point’ for me and my co-creator Ron Koslow (Beauty and the Beast). What we came up with was in many ways, a lighter, more romantic version of the dark noir Los Angeles underbelly I had created in the book, but the series retained many of the novel's themes ofredemption and transcendence.
I liked the tv series better which is unusual for me but was worth the money.Published 4 months ago by dmac
OK... I'm a sucker for a GOOD vampire story. It was while I was in junior high school that I first read Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and saw the 1931 film on late-night TV. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jim Nolt
I fell in love with the Moonlight series and this was a great 1st person peek into the character that inspired Mick. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon User
Love the book, already read twice, waiting for the second to come out, I know I am going to love, the writer is fantastic, if you are looking for a good vampire thrill this is the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by A. Lavenia
This is the book that the series was based from. I loved the series and was sad to see it end. This is a quick and easy read.Published 23 months ago by MsThingNV
Sorry saw the toned down version on TV with Alex o lochlin first and it's much better in my opinion. Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Danielle Miles
Let's just say that if I were the same age I was when the TV show was on the air I don't think I'd have been allowed to read this book. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Teresa Ramseur
If you are sitting there, looking at the title and thinking to yourself, "WOW! Another episode of Moonlight that I haven't seen!" Stop thinking that. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Mirrani