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In this tired sequel to Garton's memorable Live Girls (1987), about a seedy vampire-run 42nd Street peepshow, the protagonists of the earlier book, a brave reporter and a vampire couple, have left the now family-friendly street for the nondescript suburbs. The vampire couple have survived into middle-age by drinking bottled blood, unlike the "brutals," vicious vampires who prefer theirs fresh. Unfortunately, the story has also aged, the plot mechanism is unconvincing and the author's trademark sexual violence is clinically narrated. Garton fans may lap up this Bloody Mary, but most readers will find it as flat as bottled blood, uninspired treading on familiar turf.
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About the Author

Ray Garton is the author of sixty books, including horror novels such as the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Live Girls, Crucifax, Lot Lizards, and The Loveliest Dead; thrillers like Sex and Violence in Hollywood, Murder Was My Alibi, and Trade Secrets; and seven short story collections. He has also written several movie and TV tieins and a number of young adult novels under the name Joseph Locke. In 2006, he received the Grand Master of Horror Award. He lives in northern California with his wife. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843956755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843956757
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,858,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most of the scenes moved so quickly there was not time to build any real atmosphere.
William M Miller
I may add also that there seemed to be quite a bit of filler here... events that occurred which did nothing to further to plot.
I must however hope for a better cover, this one was really ugly, that's hardly a good thing.
- Kasia S.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David on December 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Night Life" isn't quite as good as its predecessor, "Live Girls", but it's still great. I almost couldn't put it down. Usually that's an exaggeration. People say "I couldn't put it down", but they don't mean it literally. But with "Night Life" I read the entire book in one day. It was that gripping.

I'm a big horror fan, but I'm not specifically interested in vampires. I'll read a vampire book by an author that interests me. Garton is just fantastic, so horror fans should read his books regardless of what they're about. I recommend "Live Girls", "The Loveliest Dead", and "Darklings" for starters.

Don't read "Night Life" before "Live Girls." Also, don't read them back-to-back. They were written about 17 years apart and they are set just as far apart. Give yourself a breather between the two books.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
NIGHT LIFE is the sequel to Garton's memorable 1987 paperback original LIVE GIRLS, published by Pocket Books at the end of the "horror boom" of the late 1980s. Described in blurbs as "The most nightmarish vampire novel I have ever read" by Ramsey Campbell, and as "gripping, original, and sly" by Dean Koontz, LIVE GIRLS is one novel that nearly lives up to the hype of its cover copy.

Set in a gritty urban landscape of New York City's Time Square, and exhibiting an overt sexuality not common at the time it was published, LIVE GIRLS accelerated the process of moving vampires out of their traditional Gothic settings by placing them squarely in the modern world. Its protagonist is the luckless Davey Owens, who, as the book begins, has just lost his job and his girlfriend. Seeking distraction from his problems, he drifts down to the seedy environs of 42nd Street, entering an establishment called Live Girls. There, he falls under the sway of the vampire Anya, who sustains herself by taking blood from clients who pay her for oral sex. At first seduced by the new life she offers him, Davey later turns against her, resulting in a bloody, violent and, ultimately, explosive confrontation with Anya and her extended vampiric family.

NIGHT LIFE picks up in 2005 as horror writer Martin Burgess hires two private investigators to look into the destruction of Live Girls in 1987. Their investigation puts them in contact with the retired Walter Benedek, a newspaper reporter who covered the bizarre story for the New York Post (the disaster, which was at first covered in the mainstream press, has since become tabloid fodder).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on August 26, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback

Night Life is Ray Gartons sequel to Live Girls. I purchased this book with the highest of expectations. I enjoyed Live Girls and felt the sequel couldn't miss.

I was wrong. The sequel was extremely weak. The character development was poor. With the exception of Gavin Keoph and Karen Moffett, we never get the feel of the other characters in this book. (Even the two PI's arent that well fleshed out.)

O.K we know Davey Owen. Right?
How about Mr. Barna? What in the world becomes of him? Who in the world is he? I'm banging my head on the keys as I write this. I have never read a book with so many poorly written charcaters.

We learn nothing about Mrs. Dupassie, Norman, Darrin, Steve or Neil. This makes it impossible to care about these characters. I could care less if these people disappeared from the story. With that being said, this story needs these characters to progress, so more detail about them would have made this story more interesting. Another hundred or so pages wouldn't have hurt this book, its only 338 pages as is.

Come on Ray tell us a bit more about these bottled-blood guzzling vampires. Let us enter their circle and learn who they are.

Ray Garton ended the book leaving the reader anticipating a new adventure featuring Gavin Keoph and Karen Moffett. It appears Mr. Burgess has another story brewing. This one deals with a haunted house.

I hope Ray Garton fleshes out the characters a bit more in any future books.

This book deserves no better than 2 1/2 stars. Not the three you see posted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By - Kasia S. VINE VOICE on November 29, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There's something fantastic about reading a vampire novel every once in a while, they are usually free of the daily grind and every day problems, vampires can be both dark, deadly and romantic, you can argue for your life with one, that option isn't always available if you however deal with a werewolf, now that's an obstacle that is hard to cross. Ray Garton has penned a sequel to his marvelous first entry; Live Girls, which by the way was hot and amazing and totally delectable. In this novel the action resumes almost twenty years later, few characters come back, Davey and Casey are now married but their past is still haunting them, a curious thrill seeker has hired two private detectives to follow the New York Times journalist, Benedeck to his hideaway and to probe him about the past, to find out if vampires are real, if they in deed exist. The problem is that they are indeed real, and as long as they are left alone they hunt and abuse in their dark chambers, when they are seeked out by careless humans who want to make a buck they turn into vengeful creatures, killing and whiping out anyone who wants to out them and disrupt their sweet, syrupy pleasure of using and consuming humans. The problem is clear, vampires that survived are threatened again and this time they won't give up easily, they will go out and punish anyone who stands in their way.

Night Life picks the story up in the future, but the abuse and hunger isn't any smaller. In fact the vampire emporium has really grown in the adult industry, using the primal human tug to eh-chant and attract people with money into it's clutches. In my eyes that has diminished their cool, the tingling, dark and corrosive vampiric desires was replaced by something cheap and dirty, hard to bond over.
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