Stephen Leather Once Bitten

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Once Bitten

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There’s a full moon over Los Angeles, and for police psychologist Jamie Beaverbook that can only mean one thing: the crazies will be out in force. But when he is called into the station for a consult in the middle of the night, even the jaded Beaverbrook can’t believe his ears. The innocent-looking girl in the interview room doesn’t look a day over fifteen, yet the cops say Terry Ferriman was discovered in an alley off of Sunset Boulevard, her mouth smeared with blood as she crouched over the body of a man whose throat was torn out. A basic psych evaluation convinces Beaverbrook of Terry’s sanity and yet he can’t ignore the evidence that seems to point in one extraordinary direction. He tells himself he doesn’t believe in vampires, but after some digging, the good doctor begins to realize that the shadows of L.A. conceal a world where girls like Terry never age and where blood is more valuable than gold. Sharp, witty, and deliciously sinister, Once Bitten is a satisfying paranormal thriller from bestselling British author Stephen Leather.

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Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers. He was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shovelled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series. The Stretch and The Bombmaker were filmed by Sky One. You can find out more from his website, www.stephenleather.com.

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It’s LAPD psychologist Jamie Beaverbrook’s job to use a computer method he created—the infallible “Beaverbrook Model”—to assess whether or not L.A.’s various psychopaths are insane or just downright evil. The latest detainee, a pretty blonde named Terry, passes with flying colors despite being found hovering above a bloodless corpse, and when she’s freed, Jamie finds himself desperate to learn more about her. Is she really a bubbly 25-year-old Valley Girl who ends each sentence with “for sure”? Or is there a chance she’s something else—say, a 4,000-year-old immortal whose vampirism is a rare scientific mutation? Readers will figure this out long, long before Beaverbrook does (he probably should’ve guessed something was awry when Terry cleaned his wound with her tongue), but there is nonetheless an enjoyable tension: Will this humorless, thick-headed guy put all the clues together before he’s on the wrong side of a jugular attack? A last-second swerve from detective story to paranormal government cover-up is a bit awkward, though the cloud of paranoia left by the final chapter is pretty affecting. --Daniel Kraus

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