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Every Last Drop: A Novel Paperback – September 30, 2008

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Book 4 of 5 in the Joe Pitt Series

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From Publishers Weekly

In this fascinatingly flawed fourth episode in the bloody horror-noir chronicles of New York vampire PI Joe Pitt (after 2007's Half the Blood Of Brooklyn), relations between the city's vampire clans are unraveling. The Cure is researching antidotes to the ravenous vampire-creating Vyrus, while the better-nourished Coalition seeks the Cure's downfall and the Society plays both sides. Dodging death threats and brokering shaky deals, Pitt shuttles among all three until he learns the Coalition's secret, a revelation so volatile that it may lead to all-out war. Huston supplies terse dialogue and convincing gore in expertly pitched prose, but the beautifully cinematic nastiness doesn't quite mask a key difficulty: Pitt's enemies set their hate aside too easily at his appearance, and their rational behavior is at odds with the emotional intensity (and sheer implausibility) of the climax. Newcomers may find the relationships difficult to parse, but those familiar with the series should be enthralled. (Sept.)
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In his fourth outing, rakish New York vampire Joe Pitt leaves the series’ “casebooks” nomenclature in the dust. This toothsome tale is no variation on the P.I. genre; instead, Huston imaginatively, logically explores the limits of the world he’s created for Pitt to haunt. If a virus that forced its hosts to seek blood for sustenance gave rise to competing secret clans that kept members fed in exchange for allegiance, wouldn’t a rising population of infected require development of a secure supply chain lest the drained bodies of victims started piling up on the Manhattan streets? Wouldn’t a threat to that supply destabilize the entire clan structure? And how would the established clans react to an upstart group promising to find a cure—thus stripping the old guard of its power? The answers to these questions might pierce even Pitt’s leather-tough heart as he takes readers on another darkly entertaining ride. Meanwhile, his nights of acting as unofficial clan go-between might be drawing to a close as the saber-rattling and brinksmanship escalates toward an all-out vampire war. We can hardly wait. --Frank Sennett

Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345495888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345495884
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Charlie Huston is the author of the bestsellers The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death and The Shotgun Rule, as well as the Henry Thompson trilogy, the Joe Pitt casebooks, and several titles for Marvel Comics. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.

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Let me first say that I love the works of Charlie Huston. All of his books I have read until now have been five star, rock-n-roll, pull-no-punches, burn the barn down, extraordinary works. His Caught Stealing: A Novel trilogy is one of my favorite series, and his Joe Pitt vampire stories, of which this is the fourth, are howlingly good. Yet I had a reservation about this latest book which I'll explain in just a sec.

For those of you running across this series for the first time, do yourself a favor and get the first book in this series, Already Dead: A Novel, and start reading from the beginning. This is a darkly lyrical, powerfully told story of vampires in NYC, but unlike any vampire story you've read before. In Huston's world, vampires mostly lead lives of quiet desperation, drink whiskeys with a beer back, smoke cheap cigarettes, scrabble to pay the rent, and have to contend with a dangerous addiction to blood. Gotta have it, or you will die. However, you just can't start knocking people off or the boys in blue will catch wise and then it's genocide for vampires time. To protect their existence, the vampires have formed into clans who divide up Manhattan and police themselves ruthlessly and contend with other clans much like rival gangs. Huston's vampires are not romantic figures nor are they any more horrific than humans. They were once ordinary people struggling to get by and now they're the same people, with a need for blood, struggling to get by.
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Just a warning, this will not be a spoiler-free review.

In Charlie Huston's fourth Joe Pitt novel, the tension rises as protagonist Joe Pitt returns from exile to exact revenge and, once again, play all sides against one another to get what he wants. From dealing with savage, african inspired savages, digging up old skeletons from his past across the river, to uncovering a secret so large, it could potentially destroy life altogether for those that carry the vyrus. Not to mention the long awaited rendezvous...

Being a reader since the first title (Already Dead) I couldn't wait for this book to drop, but was also slightly worried. After all, Huston's last three had been knock outs, could he capitalize on the universe he had built??

The answer, which comes as no surprise, is yes. Every Last Drop is just as gory, engrossing, and fast paced as the rest of the series has been. I literally couldn't put this book down until the very end. I anxiously wait the conclusion to this five-part masterpiece.
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Take the unlikely combination of Elmore Leonard and Bram Stoker and you get Charlie Huston and Joe Pitt, Huston's vampire-heavy who prowls the streets of New York City's boroughs in "Every Last Drop", the fourth installment of the most hip, irreverent, and darkly innovative crime fiction to hit the shelves since Raymond Chandler.

In this go around, after burning bridges with all the undead folks who matter in the various tribes of Manhattan, Pitt is exiled to the wild and unaffiliated wastelands of the Bronx and Queens, where untamed vampire gangs stalk home-bound Yankees fans, their blatant feedings threatening to expose the undead's existence to the world at large. Pitt's misfortune puts him in the hands of the abominable "Lament", an ancient and nefarious villain who corrupts and runs bands of vampire youth in the Bronx, to be rescued - in a fashion - by his old nemesis, Dexter Predo of the upscale "Coalition" clan. Predo tasks Pitt with penetrating the upstart "Cure", headed by the brilliant and uninfected Amanda Horde, the young debutante rescued by Pitt in the first installment of this off-the-wall series. But Pitt has his own agenda - getting back to his familiar streets of Manhattan, and finding the fate of girlfriend Evie left in the "care" of the frighteningly surreal "Enclave" at the conclusion of "Half the Blood in Brooklyn." Before this one wraps up, Pitt has discovered a horror unspeakable evil, evil even as defined within the context of this Tolkien-like nightmare world of vampire clans co-existing peacefully - well, mostly peacefully - with New York's straight citizens. Pitt's discovery leaves the clans are on the verge of war, and Pitt with a few less pieces than when he started all the fun.
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I'm not normally a fan of vampire novels but I have been enjoying this series about Joe Pitt. I think the reason I like this series has little to do with vampires. I just like smart, dark, brutally violent novels where there are no real good guys. Joe Pitt is no hero. At one point in the novel he is telling another character about his discovery of a facility where hundreds of women are being held against their will. The character tries to reassure Joe that there was nothing he could have done to save them, to which Joe replies that it never even occurred to him to try. I like a character who is, first and foremost, looking out for #1 and who has little or no empathy for others.

If you haven't read any of these novels (this is the fourth in a 5 part series) don't start here. You won't have a clue what is going on. You need to read them in order.

If you haven't read any of these novels before and you're trying to decide whether or not this series is up your alley - I offer the following. If you prefer novels with at least one likeable character, you probably won't like this series. The violence is of the `visceral bone crunching' variety. In the second novel, Joe bites an old lady's eyeball out. If that sounds morbidly funny to you, you'll probably like this series. If it sounds appalling and makes you cringe, you probably won't like this series. If you are in search of traditional vampires or sparkly vampires or hunky shirtless vampires, you won't find them in these novels. The vampyres in this series are the product of a virus and they definitely aren't romance material. Finally, one of the things I like about most of the entries in this series (not so much in the third one) is that they're smartly written.
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