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Blood Groove Hardcover – April 28, 2009

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First published by Night Shade in 2006, this dark tale of vampires in 1970s Memphis is marred by racial stereotypes and grim perversions. Baron Rudolfo Vladimir Zginski, stabbed with a crucifix in 1915, reanimates 60 years later when pathologist Patricia Johnson withdraws the cross from his mummified corpse. The racist and self-absorbed Zginski kills his African-American resurrector and heads out into the world. He joins up with a gaggle of young vampires, including lecherous black teens Olive and Leonardo, who speak almost entirely in clichéd blaxploitation patois (Don't be a jive turkey, sweetheart) and use telepathy to seduce and kill unsuspecting humans. Coroner Danielle Roseberry almost becomes the pair's latest prey until Zginski realizes they all need her help to trace the origin of a mysterious vampire-killing dust. Bledsoe (The Sword-Edged Blonde) employs a suave, creepy style that suits the story but can't mitigate his appalling treatment of female and minority characters. (Apr.)
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"Bledsoe’s debut urban fantasy is an intoxicating brew of mystery, humor, and horror."--Library Journal on Blood Groove

“I love vampire stories, both reading them and writing them, and when one comes along that’s as new and fresh as Blood Groove, well, it’s just plain delicious. One very sweet read. ”—Whitley Strieber, New York Times bestselling author

“Hot and sticky and tangy as a slab of Memphis ribs. A trippy vamp-noir seventies feed-fest, complete with the requisite sex, drugs, and vintage rock.”—E.E. Knight, bestselling author of Vampire Earth on Blood Groove

“An edgy, visceral page-turner that had me laughing one moment and shivering the next. Alex Bledsoe is a writer to watch!”—Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of Wicked Game on Blood Groove

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765321963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765321961
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,610,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in west Tennessee an hour north of Graceland (home of Elvis) and twenty minutes from Nutbush (birthplace of Tina Turner). I've been a reporter, editor, photographer and door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman. I now live in a Wisconsin town famous for trolls, write before six in the morning and try to teach my three kids to act like they've been to town before. I'm the author of the Eddie LaCrosse high fantasy/hardboiled mysteries ("The Sword-Edged Blonde," "Burn Me Deadly," "Dark Jenny," "Wake of the Bloody Angel" and "He Drank, and Saw the Spider"), two novels about vampires in 1975 Memphis ("Blood Groove" and "The Girls with Games of Blood"), the Tufa novels ("The Hum and the Shiver," "Wisp of a Thing," and the upcoming "Long Black Curl") and the "Firefly Witch" short story ebook chapbooks.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Baumann VINE VOICE on June 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
Plot Summary: Baron Rudolfo Zginski was staked in the heart in 1915, and he rises again 60 years later when a medical pathologist removes the gold stake from his corpse. He's finds himself in Memphis, and sets about finding fellow vampires. The `locals' form a small tribe of heartless misfits who live in an abandoned warehouse littered with body parts and maggoty corpses. They're little more than animals, and Zginski soon takes control of the lot, along with a human girl who provides warm meals at his command. One of the vamps is killed by a mysterious powder, and Zginski tracks down the dealer with the unwilling help of an assistant coroner. It turns out an ancient nemesis is trying to kill Zginski, for good.

I think this is a first for me. I really wanted the vampires in this book to DIE, and usually I'm doing a "Sis Boom Rah! Gooooo Vampires!" chant. Not for these guys. I'd say this book is closer to a flat out horror story rather than my preferred flavor of urban fantasy with a dash of romance. Maybe some people want to call this one a `dark urban fantasy,' and that's fine, if you like your vampirism pitch black without a drop of cream to sweeten the story.

Even though I was disappointed by the completely unromantic take on the vampires, I have to say that I was vastly entertained, in a sort of ghoulish, can't wait to see what horrible, disgusting thing happens next. I felt like a rubbernecker at the scene of a fatal car accident, and my eyes kept scanning quickly for the bodies under the tarps. I don't recommend this book for squeamish fans who like to read vampire-lite, or for anyone who wants to read about sexy, sympathetic vampires, because they won't be found here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MyBookishWays on July 12, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Blood Groove was such a blast! This was my first Alex Bledsoe book, and it's definitely made me a fan. Blood Groove takes place in 1975 Memphis, amidst racial tension, groovy tunes, and hot, sticky, southern grit. Baron Rudolfo Zginski finds himself in a Memphis morgue after the (very unlucky) pathologist yanks the cross out that's been stuck in his heart for 60 years. After a nice meal, he heads out into the Memphis night. Meanwhile, we get to know a group of rather ill kempt "young" vamps that are living in a rundown warehouse in the sticks. The standout in the group is Fauvette, perpetually 14, turned when she was a virgin, what seems like a lifetime ago. The details of her death and subsequent turning are heartwrenching, to say the least, and Fauvette longs for true death, even if she can't bring herself to meet the sun. She hates what she's become and the habits of her housemates horrify her more and more every day. I'll be honest, they're a rather gross bunch, and if you have a sensitive stomach, you may find yourself covering your eyes (you'll be peeking though, I promise). Weaned on movies like Blacula, and vamp lore, these young vamps live in ignorance of their true natures, and what they can become. That's where Baron Zginski comes in. He discovers Fauvette in an alley after she's forced herself to feed, and is inexplicably drawn to her, and you will be too, because the real star of this novel is Fauvette. She gets a rough start, but as Zginski brings her out of her shell, and shows her the truth of her kind, her inner beauty begins to shine through, and acceptance with what she is, and who she is, is inevitable and wonderful to witness. Fauvette begins to rub off on the arrogant Zginski, and he begins to realize that he's lost some of his humanity and empathy.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lizzzie on March 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
Alex Bledsoe is a good author. I can recommend a few of his books without reservations, but I don't recommend "Blood Groove".

When I started this novel I was expecting something with a touch of comedy, or sympathetic characters who would survive to see the next book. No such luck.

When the description includes "Blackula" you don't expect to be introduced to characters who, while they seem engaging at first, turn into heartless murderers or victims, or both. The title "Blood Groove" sounds like the story should take place in a disco, not a rotting warehouse. If I was given this book as a manuscript without title or blurb I might have been less disappointed.

The story is seen through the eyes of characters who are on the hunt for knowledge,both humans and vampires. The humans hunting brings them into the path of hungry vampires who use them and kill them without a second thought. The young vampires die by misfortune or stupidity. Who are we supposed to be cheering for? The Humans? The ignorant young vampires? The Baron? The only character I like who survives is Mark, and he could be dropped from the book without any loss of plot.

I will buy other Bledsoe books, but not featuring Zginski. The Baron is a cold heartless vampire who was a cold heartless man. His act of vengeance at the end of the book show him to be without mercy or remorse, and if he hasn't changed after the events in this book, I have no desire to follow his adventures further.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 10, 2013
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He did a good job of presenting well rounded characters with unique voices. I enjoyed the mind warp of a story told from a Noir-"esque" narrative but set in the 1970's. I haven't read the remainder of the series yet but it's on my list. Worth the read.
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