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The average mobster dies as they live. Faolan O'Connor, however, finds new life after he dies.
Faolan O Connor spent his life killing for men like Legs Diamond and Lucky Luciano, and now it s his turn to face the music. But when vampire Darcy Killian offers him immortality, Faolan enters a world of violence, wealth, and power beyond anything he s ever imagined.
Driven by ambition and guilt, Faolan fights his way up the ranks in a battle to justify his sins with success. He s learned the hard way that relationships are vulnerabilities and friends are just enemies in disguise, but he also knows that he can t conquer a city alone.
Aided by an emotionally-crippled genius and a warm-hearted call girl, Faolan builds a loyal crew with which to challenge the tyrannical Killian s rule. However, will this re-awakened humanity prove a fatal flaw or his ace in the hole? With his life and the future of the city he loves at stake, can Faolan play his cards right or is he drawing dead?
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Brian Patrick McKinley doesn t really exist. He s a constructed mortal identity used by a relatively young Vampyr in order to publish the truth about The Order. Due to the world-wide influence of The Order and its minions, these accounts must all be published as fiction; however, they are all very real and actually happened. Sometimes the names and sequence of events have been changed to protect the innocent, the guilty, and to keep from getting sued.
Brian is no longer a typical Vampyr and, for this reason, lives in hiding and writes from a secret location. Sure, you can look for him in New Jersey and you might even think you ve succeeded, but that guy in the author photo is just some actor who lives with his mom in the basement of her house! The real Brian lives a life of danger and excitement; he loves Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Boardwalk Empire as much as he loves Chicken Fried Steak. He s a reader, a role-player, and a dreamer who doesn t believe that liberal is a dirty word. He s lived many lifetimes and is eager to share as many of them as possible with his readers.Review:
If Mickey Spillane or Dashiell Hammett had written books spiced with the supernatural, they might have come up with something like Drawing Dead. Meet Faolan' O'Connor, the Mike Hammer of the undead. --Clay Gilbert - Dragon Con Panelist and Author of Dark Road to Paradise
Brian McKinley's Drawing Dead is The Godfather of vampire novels. Godfather, as in a pioneering effort, breaking new ground in its expertly weaved combination of two harsh, unforgiving, brutal worlds, at a level unprecedented in its scope, artistry and detail. The perfect blending of what may at first seem to be two disparate genres, merged in such seamless perfection that readers and authors alike will wonder in amazement why no author has written this perfect merger before.
Godfather, as in recalling Mario Puzo's classic 1969 Mafia novel, and the impact it has made on the literary world. Just as Puzo's The Godfather exceeded the prose and craftmanship level for what readers expected of a mobster novel, McKinley's Drawing Dead exceeds readers' usual expectations of vampire novels and mobster novels by blending the best of both worlds and forging a newer and greater category all its own in the process.
A world of life beyond life, death beyond death, where the turned henchman Faolan O'Connor gains power even he could not have imagined. Power that could take him to heights the human mobster he was could not have imagined, yet also the power to lead him to his ultimate fall and demise. Faolan holds the cards of power, yet only fate will know if he is drawing aces, or if he is Drawing Dead. --Daven Anderson - Author of Vampire Syndrome
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