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From Publishers Weekly

Resnick's often hilarious sequel to Stalking The Unicorn continues the offbeat investigations of PI John Justin Mallory, now a permanent resident of an alternate Manhattan. Mallory suspects that his new partner, eccentric Col. Winnifred Carruthers, has been victimized by a vampire, and that the guilty party is her nephew, Rupert Newton, recently arrived from Europe. Before the night gets much older, Newton himself turns up dead, and Mallory assembles his motley crew of allies to track down the killer. This time, his team includes Scaly Jim Chandler, a dragon with hopes of making it as a pulp author, and a vampire who prefers tomato juice to blood. Readers with a taste for supernatural whimsy will find much to enjoy. (Aug.) ""
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PI John Justin Mallory’s back from Stalking the Unicorn (1987); it’s All Hallows’ Eve in the Manhattan “otherworld” of goblins, vampires, zombies, and such; and his trusted partner, Winnifred Carruthers, is pooped from the excitement and preparation for this Manhattan’s major annual holiday. Turns out her fatigue and paleness result from visiting nephew Rupert’s bite marks on her neck. Before you can say “Type A-positive, straight up,” Rupert’s found dead, and the hunt is on for his evil Maker, ancient vamp Aristotle Draconis. Aided by cat-woman Felina and vampire Bats McGuire, Mallory and Carruthers visit under-the-radar clubs and events like the annual zombies’ ball and encounter some otherworldly lairs and residents. Resnick’s off-kilter humor describes nightly appearances of troll toughs and gremlin girls who break into song à la West Side Story and conjures such excruciating torture as being tied to a slab to hear every word of Silas Marner without a potty break. A curiously satisfying update of Depression-era screwball comedies’ breezy, rapid-fire repartee that meshes well with both detective and vampire genres. --Whitney Scott
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591026490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591026495
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Resnick is the author of numerous science fiction novels and short stories, including Dragon America, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Amulet of Power, Mutiny, Return to Santiago, and Santiago. He is the editor of This Is My Funniest and has won five Hugo Awards and the Nebula Award. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave in Missouri on November 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
John Justin Mallory, a tough, wise-cracking Big City PI who prefers brains and assistance to guns and brass knuckles, and uses a fast $5.00 bribe rather than a fast smack to the face.
Good thing, since some of these hoods aren't overly affected by bullets or fist fights, but everyone could use a saw buck.

He works the streets of a Manhattan that is recognizable but takes some strange loops and curves from time to time.
Familiar places have names that aren't quite what he remembers, and streets sometimes appear only when you're actually looking for them.

These streets are infested with trolls selling things. If only the things they were selling were even remotely things you'd want to buy.
Businesses are surpassingly weird...but quite useful at times.

Resnick has a writing output like Niagara Falls, but of them all, I like John Justin and his friends and enemies the most.
With lots of good plotting, some inside jokes, and people you'd recognize, it makes for a enjoyable, memorable read.
This is one you'll want to read again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 23, 2009
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For getting this out on Kindle so soon after I hit the "I'd like to read this on my Kindle" button.
I read the first book, Stalking the Unicorn years and years ago when it first came out, and while I was making a list of my favorite fantasy detective stories, I found this one.
John Justin Mallory is a Manhattan detective who found himself in an alternate fairyland type Manhattan with monsters, demons and other mythological beings and creatures. He has a partner who was a very well known hunter of monsters and a cat-girl office cat who's attitude is very catlike.
It's as much rollicking good fun as the first book with just as unlikely a cast of characters. The story is solid and enjoyable, and John Justin Mallory is a detective you feel sorry for and root for during the book because of all the troubles he's seen. The dialogue is quick and funny, at times laugh out funny.
Looking forward to the 3rd book in this series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Woodcock on December 7, 2008
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I've been a fan of Resnick's for a long, LONG time now, and I think he's at his most fun when he's chronicling the adventures of Detective John Mallory.

This was a fun, fast-paced story. Using a "24" style story telling device ("i.e., this chapter takes place between 2:37 AM and 3:12 AM") it's always interesting. John runs across the most amazing characters in his quest to solve a murder where the primary suspect is an ancient vampire.

An excellent read....highly recommended.
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Private detective John Juston Mallory is settling down for a boring all-hallowed eve when his partner is attacked by her own nephew. Rupert has recently arrived from Europe...complete with fang scars on his neck. At first, it looks like Rupert is the problem, but when the nephew ends up murdered, Mallory, along with his talking feline 'pet,' a vampire scared of everything, and a frustrated mystery author who wants to see how real detecting happens and is continually disappointed when it doesn't match his fiction, set off in search of one of the most dangerous vampires in the world.

Mallory's investigation takes him through an alternate New York where Madison Square is a circle, where the tallest building is the Vampire State Building, and where the wrong turn can take the unsuspecting to a whole set of streets that don't exist on the map. Worst of all, everyone he meets suggests to Mallory that the smartest thing he can do is to fail. Because if he ever catches his vampire, the hunter is likely to become the victim.

Author Mike Resnick has a good time playing with the vampire myth and with the punny alternate New York he creates.Fans of genre fiction will snicker along with Resnick as he explains about all romance heroes being vampires (pretty much true over the past five years or so), and mystifies the author-character with a protagonist who doesn't use his fists to drive answers from unwilling badguys and doesn't bed a new woman every five pages.

I enjoyed the humor and Resnick's observations about the world of reality and of fiction. Still, although STALKING THE VAMPIRE is a short novel, it was running a little thin by the time I reached the end. But Resnick wrapped things up cleverly, even adding an excerpt of the version of the story created by the writer/sidekick.
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The Manhattan that private investigator John Justin Mallory lives in is quite different than the one he used to reside in; the one on our earth. Some of the differences are insignificant like Madison Round Garden, people visit the Museum of Unnatural History, and the American Civil Liberties Union is the American Civil Freedom Organization. However, other variances are yellow elephant taxies and humans mingling with such beings as vampires, goblins, and shapeshifters, on my; having the same rights as humans have.

Mallory is in his office when he realizes his partner Winifred Carruthers has punctures on her neck and her nephew Rupert says he thinks he was bitten by the vampire Aristotle Draconis. After Rupert dies, Mallory tracks down Draconis with the help of the cat-girl Felina, the dragon Scaly Jim Chandler who is a mystery writer and the timid vampire Bats McGuire. They learn that Draconis was trying to save Rupert from Vlad Drachma Vlad leads the troupe on a merry chase as they seek his coffin, but no one seems to know where it is yet their goal is to destroy a millennium old serial killing vampire.

This tale is a tongue in cheek dark humor novel that will have the audience believe Mike Resnick cast a spell to alter Manhattan where magic is a science and creatures from mythology use public transportation. Readers will enjoy this alternate reality urban fantasy that is elephantine different from Mr. Resnick's novels as he satirizes the sub-genre. Full blooded (at least for now) Mallory is terrific as he adapts to a new world order while retaining his old world values like loyalty.

Harriet Klausner
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