Frankly, I thought my aggravation would have been well suited to Joe Pitt. I won't summarize, but I want to remember (view spoiler)that I found the Freaks disgusting, and the Jewish clan severely retrograde. I remember the aura of danger in Joe's prior confrontations, but this cross between Jewish Vampyres and redneck marriage clans just seemed...
This is the third book in the Joe Pitt series following No Dominion (my review). None of the books in the series are the genre-standard 350-pages, but this was almost novella-length. In addition, this book would be incomprehensible to folks who have not been reading the series in its proper order. Prose is no different from the other books in the series. However, a large portion of the action is Pitt getting more than he gives. Finally, I no longer find the series to be terribly funny, although I know when Ive read something that was intended to be. Keeping with the spirit of the book, Pitt remains celibate. The main characters include: Pitt, Evie (no last name), Terry Bird, Daniel (no last name), Predo.
Much more interesting than Hank Thompson i read about in Huston noir series without supernatural element. I thought the first book in the series was both cool character, action and interesting vampire story but the second book was weaker and almost generic urban fantasy story.
This time Joe is sent over the river to visit other clans and try to recruit them into the Society. He and Lydia, one of the Society higher-ups, are on a mission to recruit a clan calling themselves The Freaks. After the show Joe and Lydia try to meet with the "ring master", after he finishes stuffing his guts back in his body (it's part of the show), but all hell breaks loose when the tent is suddenly attacked with arrows and knife-wielding Vampyres.
The Vampires don't have fangs, they drink their blood, as one would any other liquid, but they do need it to survive. At the rear of my paperback copy, there is a short interview with Huston, where he is asked where he drew his inspiration for the Pitt series. He replied in part & i paraphrase: "I wanted to write a series with Vampires, but in a Raymond Chandler setting." I would say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery & Huston succeeds admirably.
Terry wants backup and he's not willing for a potential ally to cross over to the Coalition but the real story starts when he sends Joe and Lydia over to meet with the Brooklyn Clans. Just to set us up for the future, Huston lets us know that Amanda and Sela have a plan to start their own clanfamily style. Okay, maybe not so amazing as Terry is siphoning off the Count's trust fund for the Society. It certainly didn't end up doing Joe any good when he brought the dying Evie to the Enclave hoping that the Count's pre-med background could help her. No more money from Count Chocula and Joe had the nerve to try and save his girl. Then he's taken Evie to the Enclave and we don't, definitively, know if she's still alive or How will Evie feel about Joe once she is turned? The only reason Enclave welcomed Joe was because of Daniel and with him goneJoe thought it was hard being a rogue when he was tolerated, liked. That trademark split cover with the thug aiming a gun and two fangs over his lower lip and the night-lit Brooklyn Bridge in the background is just so Joe Pitt.
WARNING SPOILERS: Joe Pitt must go to Brooklyn to see about bringing some minor groups into the Society. The antagonists turn out to be a group of Hecitic Jewish Vampires who believe that their vampyre Vyrus is the blood of Gibeah and makes them the lost tribe of Gibeah. Maybe it's Joe himself since Evie is turned to save her life.
He is already really crabby about thinking if he should give her the Vyrus, and then he hears someone advise him to think about what you love before making any decisions....and suddenly the crazy factor is on....