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Top Customer Reviews
For me the Vampirism (it could have been gangsters or cowboys as easily) was more a setting or stage than a an actual subject.
Over all I would say buy and read, you will enjoy.
Our narrator, Josephine Berendt, gives little thought to what she does, why she does it, or who it affects. She directs her anger at all the wrong people, and for all the wrong reasons; she's juvenile, self-centered, and spiteful. She's not even the kind of character I can love to hate, she just made me sad.
On the other hand, Grant Black, the character for whom the book is titled, is interesting. He is mysterious, dark, and threatening; yet eloquent, deliberate, and logical. Mr. Black does little on impulse; he strikes with intention and reason. He is a character to which I can relate, even if I don't agree.
The rest of the characters are well written, believable, fitting their space well. In the end, Black is an entertaining story that moves quickly, keeping you engaged the whole way through.
What's left when you get to "The End" is this lingering annoyance with a protagonist who is cranky for no reason and petulant having gotten the holy grail of romance: rich, handsome man who dotes on her. Also a lingering mystery is what exactly it was that the paragon of dangerous masculinity found so interesting in the protagonist. It isn't that I object to a unlikable character, it is that I look for annoying characteristics to be justified by the plot, or by some depth somewhere. Not so much here. I guess I just wanted the main characters to have a little more substance. In the end, it's just a two-dimensional dude in a suit and a cranky novelist.
This is definitely my favorite vampire novel in a long, long time. It's well-thought-out with rich characters, clever prose, and believable dialogue. Only problem? Waiting for the sequel.