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X-Rated Bloodsuckers Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2008

4.1 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in the Felix Gomez Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Hard-boiled action mixes with soft-core titillation in Acevedo's second novel featuring soldier– turned–vampire PI Felix Gomez (after 2006's The Nymphos of Rocky Flats), who's approached by porn actress Katz Meow to investigate the murder of her colleague Roxy Bronze. Before you can say XXX, Felix is off to California's San Fernando Valley and up to his fangs in intrigue implicating a vampire producer of adult films, a sham evangelist, a power-hungry local politician and the Araneum, the secret vampire hierarchy tasked with stamping out unorthodox human-vampire interactions. Felix endures the usual silver bullets and garlic, as well as several very human double crosses and miscalculations, before the story speeds to an unlikely conclusion that exposes a somewhat unconvincing villain. The novel's true appeal lies in its zippy banter and witty repartee on vampire lifestyle, particularly in Felix's ongoing partnership with Coyote, a low-rent vamp from the barrio. Acevedo has a natural flare for the hard-boiled idiom, and readers who enjoyed Felix's first adventure will find this follow-up equally entertaining. (Mar.)
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Raymond Chandler could never have imagined an L.A. like this, where hard-boiled, private-eye vampires fight crime, as well as commit a few during lunch breaks. When renegade vampires threaten to wreck the fragile balance between humanity and the netherworld, PI Felix Gomez is hired to repair the growing schism, or give up his immortal and somewhat immoral life trying. The mean streets have never been meaner--or stranger--and the result is a high-speed, well-crafted romp through the forests of the night. Fans of Acevedo's The Nymphos of Rocky Flats (2006) will find this a worthy sequel. Elliott Swanson
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Product Details

  • Series: Felix Gomez (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; 1st edition (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061438871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061438875
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,562,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 2006, Mario Acevedo introduced us to Felix Gomez, soldier vampire turned private investigator, in The Nymphos of Rocky Flats: A Novel. Felix solved the mystery of the nymphos using his supernatural powers, and in 2007, he returns in X-Rated Blood Suckers, the sequel.

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.
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As a vampire fiction fan, I'm always searching for a great vampire novel that doesn't re-tread over the same tired terrain. Every vampire movie and novel followed Bram Stoker's "Dracula" motif until Ann Rice came along and totally re-invented the genre with "Interview with the Vampire." (Granted, Stephen King's "'Salem's Lot" is a fabulous and terrifying take on the Bram Stoker pattern, but it is still the Bram Stoker world.)

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.
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Private detective Felix Gomez isn't much interested in the death of a porn star until his potential client, Katz Meox, mentions the word 'vampire.' Mortal humans aren't supposed to know that vampires exist--that Katz knows means that something has gone very wrong in Los Angeles. Of course a hundred-thousand dollar fee isn't bad as far as incentives go, either, even for a vampire-detective like Gomez. He heads from his home in Denver to Los Angeles and the San Frenando Valley, home of the porn industry.

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.
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