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Hall Past Hell
by Jaye Roycraft
Book One in the Hell Series
War is hell, even when you’re already dead.
It’s been twenty years since the vampire-mortal war nicknamed Hell ended, but
underneath the gloss of political correctness and affirmative action, old hatreds die hard,
especially in the heart of Chi-No, Wisconsin. It is here that many of Chicago’s young
vampires, burned out during the war, have resettled. The sucklings live in Chi-No’s old
inner-city neighborhoods, trying to abide by the covenants of their new world, but many
are mysteriously dying the true death. Chi-No Police detectives Kilpatrick and Duvall
have been assigned to the latest case.
Human John Kilpatrick is not happy at being transferred from day shift to the “graveyard
shift, and he resents being partnered with a vampire. Master vampire Wulf Duvall isn’t
thrilled to be working with an ignorant meatball like Kilpatrick, but he’s excited to be
doing something more important than checking taverns for illegal blood whores.
Battling each other is hard enough, but the investigation goes from bad to worse when a
mortal makes an assassination attempt on Duvall. He suspects the Brothers of the Sun,
the zealot vampire hunters who started Hell years ago. It seems obvious to Duvall that
war is brewing again, but the police department seems interested only in covering up the
truth to prevent panic in the city. To make matters worse, the vampire doyens of both
Chi-No and Chicago seem too wrapped up in their own pleasures to care about
sucklings dying in Little Transylvania.
Duvall, scarred by 300 years of betrayal, and Kilpatrick, whose black and white world
has been turned upside down, race against time to discover the true power behind the
conspiracy to destroy the peace that no one seems to want.
What time is it? Half Past Hell, midway between life and the grave, peace and war…time
to kill or die.
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Magnificent!!! A perfect ‘10’” ~Suzie Housley, MyShelf.com
“Tightly woven police action blends smoothly with the paranormal elements of this story. Particularly interesting is the subtle allegorical angle as issues that are a part of reality are re-imagined and played out in an otherworldly manner. HALF PAST HELL is like Forever Knight, but without the angst that bogged that show down too often. Ms. Roycraft has another winning tale here.” ~Amanda Killgore, Huntress Reviews
“HALF PAST HELL is a refreshing original, exciting, action packed vampire police procedural that is bloody terrific. Jaye Roycraft has written an innovative fangtastic vampire novel in which vampires are second class citizens and humans are the ones in power. The relationship between the two partners is delightful to watch as it turns from mistrust, with acerbic barbs thrown at each other, to a real partnership. Combining elements from horror, urban fantasy and mystery, HALF PAST HELL is special heavenly read.” ~Harriet Klausner, Midwest Book Review
“I loved this book. It was meaty, full of juicy, personal details about the characters that made them seem very real. Ms. Roycraft puts the undead in a very human light. She tackles racism and greed head on, while leaving the reader in complete suspense, living out every word with her characters! Most excellent!” ~Cimorene, Enchanting Reviews