- Series: A Kathryn Desmarais Gothic Mystery
- Paperback: 378 pages
- Publisher: TWB Press (March 19, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936991950
- ISBN-13: 978-1936991952
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,790,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bloodtrail (A Kathryn Desmarais Gothic Mystery) (Volume 2) Paperback – March 19, 2015
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From the Back Cover
The hotly awaited sequel to "Bloodflow," is the second Kathryn Desmarais Gothic Mystery. This adventure takes Kate to sin city, Las Vegas, in search of a misguided runaway teenage girl. Kate, who is still struggling to come to terms with what she has become, runs afoul of a cabal of strange subhumans who feed off the basest, most prurient emotions of human-kind. These creatures may seem harmless at first, but underestimating them may be the last mistake Kate ever makes.
About the Author
First published as a teenager, Kevin Paul Tracy has been writing fiction and non-fiction since childhood. As a writer he has traveled extensively, spanning half the globe. In that time he has held just about every odd job imaginable, from handyman to corporate flunkie, from short order cook to teacher, from pinsetter to cave spelunking guide. He currently lives in Vail, Colorado, with two very charismatic St. Bernards.
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Early on, we learn that she can shape-change (I don't think that's a plot spoiler), but Tracy avoids the hackneyed direction there, and Kate's alter-ego manifestations are as far from the classic overdone bat images as you can get. In this novel, the second book in the series, Kate is hired to find a young girl who has disappeared. The case takes her far afield from her east coast haunts, ending in the underbelly of Las Vegas, Nevada. Tracy portrays the seamy side of Sin City with a keen eye, adding nicely to the interactions between the characters.
I do not want to say too much about the protagonist and antagonists in this story, because seeing how those develop is part of the enjoyment of the novel, but I will throw in a few words about Kate. She is a severely conflicted young woman: vampirism does not at all fit with her conscience and world view. Watching her internal battle between hungers and moral sense is integral to the impact of the story line. Like all undead, she possesses powers mere mortals cannot dream of. In trying to do what she deems right, she accomplishes prodigious feats, though she denies that she is some sort of superhero.
In all, Bloodtrail is an enjoyable read, a roller-coaster of action and a delving into a character facing major moral dilemmas. If you like supernatural mysteries, this one's good.