From Publishers Weekly
This enticing sequel to 2009's The Human Disguise blends elements of post-apocalyptic science fiction and police procedural thrillers in a near-future Miami that has been turned into a lawless "Quarantine Zone" by numerous terrorist attacks, rapid climate change, and disease. While tracking down a serial killer nicknamed "the Vampire", intrepid detective Tom Wilner meets and becomes emotionally entangled with a philanthropic teacher who lives and works in the quarantined area. As their relationship grows, both become unknowing targets of the madman. Barely-explored subplots related to an approaching space ship and the godlike humanoids already living on earth will have readers anxiously awaiting the next installment of this audaciously entertaining SF series.
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In the near future, the U.S., its resources stretched thin by multiple foreign wars and homegrown political upheavals, is nearing full-scale anarchy. In Florida, the Miami Quarantine Zone is essentially a prisonlike wasteland, populated by the scum of society. Tom Wilner, a police detective, catches a murder case, but he soon realizes it's more than that: there's a serial killer at large, and to catch him, Tom will need to go into Miami. And if that's not scary enough, consider this: the killer is not human—he's the undead. This follow-up to The Human Disguise (2009) is a sure-footed and imaginative mixture of post-apocalyptic and vampire themes. Wilner, the veteran cop, is a solid lead—he's the reader's anchor, a familiar character in an unfamiliar world—and the author packs the novel with plenty of thrills and chills. The novel should appeal to fans of post-apocalyptic or near-future science fiction, horror stories with a vampire slant, and noir crime fiction (the story might be fantastic, but the author mostly writes it like a straight crime drama). --David Pitt