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By Gary Griffiths VINE VOICE on October 26, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As my previous reviews stand witness, I'm a huge Charlie Huston fan; an evangelist for his quirky prose and off beat story lines, fast action and unapologetic violence. As a series, the "Vampyre" novels with the blood guzzling maverick bad guy Joe Pitt embody all that is Charlie Huston: hip, irreverent, cynical black humor wrapped around a larger-than-life protagonist who, if not loved, is certainly respected. So after devouring Huston's four previous installments of the Vampyre-Ronin Joe Pitt's after dark mayhem, and was really looking forward to episode five, the final chapter in this gore-splattered recharge of a tired genre.

And I was - disappointed. OK, I said it.

In fairness, "My Dead Body" does a good job of tying up the looses ends of its four predecessors. All the familiar faces are back for a final curtain call - the the buttoned down brutality of Dexter Predo, Terry Bird's "you know" progressive/liberal contradictions, the "Count" - punk Renfield turned Enclave leader, the brilliant and brainy "civilian" Amanda Horde, and of course Pitt heart throb Evie, Hurley, Sela, Digga - even the "wraiths" make a cameo - along with a cast of virtually every other clan leader and notable flowing through the pages from "Already Dead" through last year's "Every Last Drop". The central theme - Pitt's infiltration of the "Cure" house to free a young woman impregnated with the supposed Vampyre Messiah by her infected boyfriend - serves only as a convenient vehicle to find a conclusion that should have ended with the discovery of the "Hell Hole" in the previous 'Every Last Drop.
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This is the fifth and final book in the Joe Pitt series. Pitt is a vampyre in Manhattan. Vampyres are much more infected than they are mystical. They lead a harder life than they do in other stories. No Twilight or Sookie-style vampires here. This world of vampyres is a hard one, where only the strong survive (And even then, just barely.)

The Island is an enclosed community of vampyres, geographically sectioned off and ran by different clans. Joe starts off in the series as a troubleshooter for the different clans, but not beholden to any one group - rare, but Joe's skills in handling the "dirty work" make his existence outside of clan politics possible. Each book is self-contained, but does have an overall story from the first book to the last. Things happen in every book that shakes up Joe's world, so although you can read the series out of order, it's better to start at the beginning.

These books are definitely hard boiled. Joe's character reminds me of Parker from Richard Stark's books. He does whatever he has to survive or to accomplish his goal. Huston has created one of the greatest hard cases in modern fiction. And I don't want to shortchange the world he has created. The political workings of the clans, the explanation of how being a vampyre works, etc - make it easy to immerse yourself into this world.

I don't want to spoil ANY of the series, let alone the final book. So let me just say "My Dead Body" is a great book in series of great books, that does a fantastic job of finishing up the story of Joe Pitt.

Also - if you like this series, please also read the Hank Thompson trilogy by Charlie Huston. They're pretty amazing as well.
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I've been putting off reading My Dead Body, the conclusion to Charlie Huston's astonishing series featuring Joe Pitt, a postmodern vampire gumshoe. I just didn't want to see the series come to an end. Over a three-day weekend I finally sat down and took a dive once again into Huston's twilight world of vampire clans living just beneath the public's awareness in New York City.

There's just so much of this series that shouldn't have worked. Try recommending the series to someone not familiar with it and chances are you'll get a "Huh?" when to try to explain what the series is about. But so many of the people I've recommended the Joe Pitt books to have come back and thanked me for the recommendation.

In a world where vampires have been domesticated into romantic figures and brooding eternal teens, Huston's Joe Pitt is a throwback to grittier - much grittier - times. The stories are violent. Pitt doesn't always inflict the violence; sometimes it's inflicted on him. When My Dead Body opens Pitt is still living in the sewers to which he fled after lighting a fuse that would bring New York's vampyre clans to each others' throats in the series' fourth installment, Every Last Drop. He's still missing an eye and a toe when the fifth novel opens and you can rest assured he'll be missing more body parts before it's over.

Joining Pitt once again is a parade of characters from the previous novels, many of whom won't make it to the last page. Since Pitt literally went underground in the previous novel things have gotten tense in the intervening year since Pitt let the vampire clans know where the blood they are supplied with comes from.
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