Errick Nunnally Blood for the Sun

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Blood for the Sun

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After more than one hundred and forty years, Alexander Smith is suffering from memory loss that plagues him like a supernatural Alzheimer's. He has lasted longer than most by clinging to the love he has for his adopted daughter, the vampire Ana, and puzzling out cases of missing or murdered children. Without them, he wouldn't be able to ignore the ghost of a child from his guilty past or fight the whispers goading him to kill. On his latest job, he's stumbled upon a vampire conspiracy that has left a trail of child murders up and down the East Coast-a conspiracy that promises inoculation against the sun. If true, the conspirators' success would mean a bloody conflict, altering the balance between humans and the supernatural forever. Losing more of his mind every day, Alexander has two impossible tasks ahead of him if the world is to survive: stop the vampire coven and reconnect with his humanity.  

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Errick A. Nunnally was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. His recent successes include: publication of his book, Blood For The Sun; a comic strip collection, Lost in Transition; short stories in the anthologies Wicked Seasons, Inner Demons Out, and Doorways To Extra Time; two lovely children; and one beautiful wife.

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A werewolf detective in Boston for reasons he can't remember finds himself investigating the murder of a child in project housing--a murder with definite signs of occult ritual. Alexander Smith is over 100, a Black/Native American mix from Canada, back in the days when it was a refuge for runaway slaves. He's suffering from what seems to be a form of dementia that strikes weres that live too long. His memory, both long- and short-term, is spotty at best; sometimes he finds himself in places with no idea why he went there, or what he was looking for, yet he has a vast store of obscure bits of information that come to him at odd moments. Despite his memory lapses, he's driven to solve crimes, especially those against children, to expiate his own past crimes. His inner dialog is fascinating as he tries to hold himself together when dealing with the police, the local supernatural underworld, an unfriendly pack of werewolves, his vampire foster daughter, a magical scientist, and more. In some ways, this is a standard dark urban fantasy mystery, but as damaged detectives go Alexander is a doozy barely able to remember enough to get by at some points, but strangely likable as he keeps plugging along without self-pity, just wondering at his condition and where it's going to lead him.

(Carolyn Cushman LOCUS - the magazine of the science fiction & fantasy field, October 2014)

The werewolf-vampire conflict is the backdrop to this paranormal mystery, but the writing elevates this tale to more than just a skillful blend of genres.

In this urban fantasy novel, Alexander Smith lives in an alternate Boston where all things supernatural coexist with the natural world. He assists the Boston police department in solving murders when his contact, Detective Roberts, calls him in. Alex’s skills are most often used when Roberts gets a hint of the supernatural about a case. Alex is 140 years old, and he knows a lot about the paranormal―he’s a well-educated, memory-losing werewolf with an adopted daughter, Ana. Blood for the Sun is not just a werewolf novel―that’s only a part of its attraction.

Alex’s adopted daughter, Ana, is his lodestone back to humanity. His lycanthropic instincts are contained by his strong will, his love for Ana, and his consulting work with the Boston police. Hunting murderers is, for him, very like hunting prey. The ongoing memory loss may seem a minor flaw in his character, but he has very little control of it; it’s something that could get him killed if he doesn’t work to counter its effects.

Errick A. Nunnally is a former marine, an art enthusiast, a martial arts student, and a trained graphic designer. This is not his first publication, which is quite obvious in the high quality of his writing. His work wouldn’t be out of place next to that of Tananarive Due or Steven Barnes, which is a true and deserved accolade for a first-time novelist.

Nunnally’s writing is cohesive and balanced, and the novel seems built from the characters and their lives rather than a “what if” idea. The initial focus is on the murder case that introduces the story, while a parallel focus on a brewing major conflict between humans and vampires joins and enriches the story’s flow. The novel’s rock-solid structure comes from all its components blending into a seamless work; no one element is noticeably stronger than the others.

Blood for the Sun is a paranormal murder mystery, similar only in its subgenre to other books of that ilk. Its greatest fault is that it wasn’t published sooner.

(J.G. Stinson Foreword Reviews)

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