32 Fangs

A Final Vampire Tale
32 Fangs: A Final Vampire Tale. Broadway. 2012. c.352p. ISBN 9780307886187. pap. $14. HORROR
Laura Caxton has sacrificed everything to her hunt for the world's longest-living vampire: the lives of her friends and family, her job, her freedom, even her humanity. Caxton, now a fugitive from justice, has escaped from prison to pursue her nemesis, the malevolent Justinia Malvern. When the two finally confront each other in a bloody showdown, Caxton finds that the cunning Malvern has outsmarted her again with a scheme that involves Laura's few remaining friends, a battalion of cops, and an army of half-dead slaves. These zombies, also known as the faceless, are Malvern's victims, whom she calls back from the dead to do her bidding. Malvern's strength may be failing, but she can still impose her will on zombie minds too weak to defend themselves.
VERDICT Best-selling author Wellington (Monster Island; Frostbite) will not disappoint his myriad fans with this explosive conclusion to the vampire series that began with 13 Bullets. Part horror historical, part police procedural with entirely splattery fangs-and-brains action, this will draw in undead aficionados of all kinds.
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