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X-Rated Bloodsuckers Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
Still a private investigator, Felix's services have been sought out by porn actress Katz Meow. Katz needs Felix to find the murderer of her friend and fellow porn star, Roxy Bronze, and she's willing to pay a hefty fee if he'll take the case. When he realizes he has personal ties to Roxy, his interest in the case is piqued. When the governing body of vampires, the Araneum, lets him know--in no uncertain terms--that he will take the case because they suspect vampire-human collusion, he hops on a plane for Los Angeles.
When Felix arrives, he discovers that Katz Meow has disappeared. According to her employer, porn producer Cragnow Vissoom, she never showed up for work, which is out of character for Katz. Vissoom is also the leader of the Los Angeles vampire nidus and is the main suspect the Araneum sent Felix to investigate. Felix knows there is more to the story than Vissoom is revealing.
As Felix begins interviewing suspects, it becomes evident that Roxy had plenty of enemies with motives for murder. The suspect list keeps getting longer and the bodies are piling up. Crime lords, politicians, doctors, porn kings, evangelists, chalices--everyone he encounters seems to be linked to one another and have ties to Roxy. It's baffling, even for the most experienced of supernatural detectives.
The story of X-Rated Blood Suckers is possibly more intricate than The Nymphos of Rocky Flats.Read more ›
Once Ann Rice re-defined vampires, everyone followed suit. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and all her copycat novels and movies used Rice's pattern as a new definition of the vampire world.
Now along comes Mario Acevedo and his vampire detective, Felix Gomez, and he has changed the genre anew. Unlike the cold, languid vampires of the Ann Rice world, Felix Gomez is as hot and spicy as the blood drenched nachos that he orders at a vampire bar. Vampires in this new world are day-dwelling (with enough SPF sunscreen), hungry for coffee and food (although it's not very tasty unless spiced up with blood), and though their hearts don't beat, they still have them and they can still fall in love.
This novel and the first, Nymphos of Rocky Flats, are fresh and original. Acevedo's writing is lean and elegant and fast-paced, with touches of laugh-out-loud humor.
In the next few years don't be surprised to find vampire authors writing about "chalices" or using crows to carry messages, or writing about vampires who walk in daylight. If you read Acevedo's novels, you'll have read it there first.
I highly recommend this book, and I can't wait to see what Felix Gomez is up to next.
In Los Angeles, Gomez makes contact with the head of the local Vampires and soon discovers that things are worse than he imagined. The LA vampires are actively working toward some kind of power-sharing with humans. Gomez knows too well what that will mean--individual vampires may be powerful, but their only real safety comes from human certainty that they don't exist. Still, the murder proves harder to solve--there are plenty of people with motives to have killed Roxy Bronze, but Gomez's nearly infailable ability to hypnotize mortals and get them to tell the truth doesn't unveil the killer the way he thought it would. And when he won't cut a deal with the local vampire leader, Gomez finds he's on the run from vampires, silver-bullet-armed cops, and a woman who almost convinces him that vampires can seek real love.
Author Mario Acevedo creates a charming mix of the hard-boiled detective story with modern urban fantasy. Gomez is an interesting and conflicted character, still damaged from his actions in Iraq, cynical about both mortal humans and his undead counterparts, and uncertain whether a vampire has a chance at love. The Chinatown world of Los Angeles and the porn industry add texture to the story, as does Gomez's hispanic background and Acevedo's use of Spanish in his story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a book that I had to read for class and I really enjoyed it. I thought I wouldn't like this story, especially since the last vampire book I read kinda killed it, but this... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lorraine Z.
Mario Acevedo spends so much time giving painstakingly detailed driving directions, every street his PI protagonist turns down, that I could probably make my way around LA like a... Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by Dysthymia83
Much, much, much better than its predecessor. The basic storyline is just as minimal as in Nymphos (someone killed a porn star and our hero goes to LA to investigate), the side... Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Seth in SF
Really good. I enjoyed this series. Felix cracks me up with his dry wit! I love his friends as well!! Loved Coyote and hope to see more of him in the future! Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by K. April Holgate
The entire series is great, funny brutal, way out there.....but for some reason the term blunt tooth riles me. Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by J. Hines
This is the first book of Mario Acevedos' i have read, and he has a new fan. First the title's of his books are hilarious, and i hope he came up with them cause they are great. Read morePublished on September 18, 2010 by Sarah
X-Rated Bloodsuckers is completely forgettable. The 2nd installment of the Felix Gomez series follows the same pattern of good pacing paired with a lack of characterization and... Read morePublished on October 26, 2009 by A. Williamson
Remember, the good vampire stories just don't rely on there being vampires. That's boring. Just like good porn isn't just sex a good vampire novel isn't about bloodsucking. Read morePublished on December 3, 2008 by Michael Valdivielso