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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (May 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475991487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475991482
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,292,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

This is my first attempt at published fiction. I've been writing since I was seven and I suppose it's possible that my pen pals have saved my letters. With any luck they'll be worth something some day. 
The current story started in an apartment as I gazed out the window and wondered how one would go about finding A Vampire in Las Vegas. I don't seem to have saved those original notes - more's the pity. I showed my scribblings to a friend who said "This is good, but it ought to be a novel." I, of course, thought he was crazy. And yet, here we are. That short story was supposed to be a book in three parts; but the characters kept doing things that needed to be recorded. Hence "The Cop and The Vampire Series" of which this current offering is Book 1. 
People keep talking about how hard it is to be a writer. I believe those people have either never tried it or aren't suited for the task. Speaking of which, I'd better get back to it or there will never be a Book 2!
Enjoy. 

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The paperback has no Inside Flap; however, there is a Very Nice blank page which I would be happy to autograph for you. 
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Irwin Rubin on June 17, 2013
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I bought this book not knowing what to expect. Was it just going to be another pulp vampire book?
Happily, this was not the case. While about the hunt for a vampire murderess, the book gives us incredibly vivid views of turn of the century (20th) Los Angeles. The author has certainly done her research, and the details she presents make the first person narrative incredibly real. Characters in the book are fully developed, and I marveled at this female author's realistic depictions of the feelings of a young man at the beginning of his life as an adult.
And then there's the mystery. Who is this vampiress? What is the relationship between the blond accomplice and the mysterious "Negro" vampiress whom we just barely glimpse? Thankfully the author appears to be hard at work on the sequel. I can't wait!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mz. Burney on September 8, 2013
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I enjoyed reading the book. Did not want to put it down, but had to drive. It's a quick read; left me wanting more.
I was hesitant, not a fan of vampire books. That catagory is an injustice. Read it; you won't be sorry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary WL Goodson on July 19, 2013
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I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this story. My only beef is that it's too short! LOL I wanted MORE. Looking forward to the "prequel" set in Paris in the 1700's, when we learn the history of the vampire. =)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 20, 2013
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'L.A. Screams' is not just a vampire book, although vampirism, brutal murders, and even Bram Stoker and his evil creation take up a good percentage of the pages.

'L.A. Screams' is a meticulously researched description of life in Los Angeles in 1900. Su Boddie paints a lovingly detailed picture of changing times - the advent of telephones, electricity, automobiles - a society where colored servants can be treated almost as part of the family (behind closed curtains, of course), and where a husband and wife go to their honeymoon as virgins.

The one thing that I felt was missing was an equally detailed description of Los Angeles itself. Outside of the Sullivan home, Police headquarters, and a couple of other buildings, there was little description of the surroundings. But other than that one small niggle, 'L.A. Screams' was a wonderful read and I can't wait for 'Paris Bleeds'.

It also helps that I've known the author for several years - she was even my 'best man' at my wedding. Congratulations, Su, on what we hope is the first of many books.
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