Song in the Dark (Elrod, P. N. Vampire Files.)
by P. N. Elrod
Review by Gayle Surrette
Ace Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0441013236
Date: 06 September, 2005 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
The Vampire Files have always had a hard edge as Jack Fleming struggles to make a life for himself as a vampire in crime ridden Chicago. He's made friends, found love, owns a club, and has had to do some questionable and down-right evil things to stay alive and keep those who are dear to him alive. In Song in the Dark, Jack has bigger problems than the surface ones of trying to run the Chicago crime scene for his friend Gordy while he recovers and convince the East Coast inspector that Bristow deserved what he got. Jack feels he is out of control. Since the night he was tortured, escaped and killed Bristow he's been having blackouts, seizures, and his thirst for blood is over-powering even if he's already eaten.
Jack doesn't trust himself. He's come to rely on his vampire powers to aid him and now he doesn't dare use any of them. He's afraid he's going to hurt those who are close to him and he's trying to stay away from everyone - even Bobbi. But when there's a murder in his club and it looks like Bobbi might be next he has to confront his fears - all of them. We learn more about Escott, Jack, and Bobbi. There's much more psychological introspection on the nature of humanity and good vs evil. There's a real depth to the characters and their experiences that made them as they are which adds texture to the story.
There's plenty of action, betrayal, friendship, murder, and mystery but there's also a lot of questions about the nature of man and our ethics, strengths and weaknesses. You can read it for the mystery but there's more than the story here if you want something to think about on a dark and lonely night.
Recommended. But if you haven't read the series start at the beginning with Bloodlust.