Already Dead : A Joe Pitt Novel, Paperback

Already Dead : A Joe Pitt Novel Paperback

Part of the A Joe Pitt Novel series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


They live among us, slaves to the very condition that empowers them.

They are the Vampyre, and their sole chance at survival lies in banding into Clans.

Only Joe Pitt has gone his own way. The upside is freedom. The downside is there's nobody on his side when trouble comes around.

Joe gets rough receptions from all the countless Clans shifting about on the island of Manhattan, but his current trouble is with the Coalition - the Clan that controls the city river to river, from 14th Street to 110th Street.

To make things right, Joe takes on his most perilous case: The daughter of a prominent New York family is missing, and her Vampyre fascination makes Joe the ideal man for this high-stakes job. With his ferocious style, Charlie Huston offers a thrilling new twist to one of our oldest myths.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781841495262



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Vampires and zombies. In the same book? It'll never work. But somehow it does. This is because in Mr. Huston's world both afflictions are diseases. They are transmitted in the classical sense by an infected victim biting someone else. This is what happened to Joe Pitt, he was bitten but not drained by someone carrying the vampyre Vyrus and retained enough of the spark of life to survive. Unusually for a vampyre, Joe is not affiliated to any of the clans that operate in New York and manages to survive by carrying out odd jobs for the two main players in the area he lives in. Oh! He doesn't much care for zombies either so when he sees 3 of them in his local pizza joint he gets upset. He'll have to take care of them before they bring too much attention on the undead and things start to turn ugly for his kind. Joe also realises that he'll have to find the carrier that turned this group and deal with that too. When the zombies follow their prospective meal out of the pizza parlour, Joe tags along behind hoping for a quiet spot to take care of the first part of his problem. Unfortunately things turn out a bit of a mess and Joe has to rely on the Coalition (one of the stronger clans) to tidy things up which means he now owes them a favour. This favour promptly falls due when he is asked to look for a 14-year-old girl who has run away from her wealthy prominent parents.Written in a first-person noirish style, this is a very fast-paced read that offers something slightly different to the supernatural mystery genre. I'd read a couple of books from Charlie Huston's other series so the writing style was quite familiar and anybody who has read any of the <i>Hank Thompson</i> books will recognise the similarities between the two anti-hero protagonists. If you enjoyed one series then you will more than likely enjoy the other. If you are even just a little bit squeamish then you probably won't like the blood that flies around which doesn't always end up down a vampyre's throat. Despite this, this was a very easy book to read and I will look forward to reading more from the Joe Pitt series.

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