BloodShot is the first book in the Cheshire Red Reports series by Cherie Priest and an Urban Fantasy from Ballantine Books.
VAMPIRE FOR HIRE
Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn't usually hang with her own kind. She's too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist - even though Ian doesn't want precious artifacts.
He wants her to retrieve missing government files - documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn't bargain for is a case that takes her from the wilds of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta. And with a psychotic, power-hungry scientist on her trail, a kick-ass drag queen on her side, and Men in Black popping up at the most inconvenient moments, the case proves to be one hell of a ride.
Raylene Pendle is paranoid vampire - but her paranoia has kept alive (or undead) since 1924. She has safe houses scattered around the world and never stays in one place overly long.
A loner, Raylene does not belong to a vampire House and she does not rely on pet humans or ‘ghouls’, she prefers to keep things simple.
Oh, and she is a thief - wanted by more than one government. Raylene is known only as Cheshire Red - and she is very good at what she does. If you want something retrieved (stolen) she is the one you call.
Her latest assignment is more complicated than she first believed. A fellow vampire was captured and used in a government experiment that left him blind. He is hoping that if he can get his hands on those experiment documents, he might be able to regain his sight.
Raylene agrees to take the case - but her initial inquiries raise red flags all over the place and now she has the government on her trail....a place she’d rather they not stay.
BloodShot is the first book I’ve read by Cherie Priest and I really enjoyed it. Raylene is snarky and comes across as uncaring - but she’s really a softie at heart, well a softie with fangs and superhuman strength, a bad attitude and a thirst for blood.
I like her.
I give BloodShot 4 out of 5 stars and I’m looking forward to HellBent due out 9-6-11.
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Spectra (January 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345520602
- ISBN-13: 978-0345520609