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Bad Vampires

by Karl Larew

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“I’m a private detective; sort of, anyway. Very private. Too private to be licensed. But I really am here to protect you.”

Mystery, crime, paranormal, science fiction, Karl Larew’s novel Bad Vampires offers any and all. Larew has written a fun-read, multi-genre novel.

“Good vampires drink only from people who give their permission. Bad Vampires, like Elmer, they force themselves on people—and sometimes kill them.”

These vampires are not mythical, but human, with DNA giving them a penchant for drinking human blood. The Good Vampires are after Elmer, a homicidal maniac. Add a missing diamond, extremely valuable, to the mix. Then add a mad scientist who invents a hypnotic machine where moviegoers won’t realize what has happened to them and creates a Frankenstein human, not a monster, but someone easily manipulated. Is this a looney tunes adventure?

Bad Vampires is not looney tunes; it is a humorous novel reminding me of the work of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Was the reference to the name Trout in the novel an explicit hint to Vonnegut? While maybe not the level yet of satirical commentary on modern man and his madness as Vonnegut, but Larew is still saying something to 21st Century readers in his work. And if should always be remembered, Vonnegut’s later work came from writing his beginning ‘looney tune” novels.

Bad Vampires is hilarious, entertaining, with vampires no different than ordinary folk, criminal investigators—maybe not Sherlock Holmes but definitely “Get Smart” criteria, and an uncommon approach to genres already easily read.

Review can also be read on: http://www.djadamson.com/le-coeur-de-lartiste
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