Winter Man, The

Rating: 
4
The Winter Man
Review by Baron Gideon Redoak, submitted on 06-Jan-1996

The Winter Man, by Denise Vitola. NY, Berkeley, 1995. ISBN: 0-425-15055-0

It is the worst winter on record in Washington DC and a killer is loose. Trouble is, she's the heroine. *grin*.

Nicki Chim is a forensic hematologist with the Coroner's Office, and she was a unique way of testing the blood of murder victims--she drinks it. Yep, she's a vampire, or a hematoman as she prefers to call her condition. "Hemotoma" means "to swell with blood", so you can figure out the rest.

Although I read the book fairly quickly, and the story (the pursuit of the identity of a serial killer who has a very quirky signature, and I won't say anything more because that will ruin the suspense) is not bad, I am still not entirely sure that I like Nicki. She's a slightly different type of vampire, well most are, and she feels no remorse over a kill or over dominating not only humans but other vampires. She also has a serious gambling addiction, which is mildy amusing. She's a clan leader--clans being small family groups of vampires lead by a strong-willed one one. This is her word for these groups, so please don't yell at me about copyright of V:tM or that this isn't their definition of a vampire clan. I called such a grouping a "court" myself...

Anyway, the mystery of the Winter Man is not the only plotline in the book, we also have Nicki's troubles with her clan and her own gambling problem, so it's a fairly absorbing read. It is nice to have another strong female vampire enter the ranks--I smell a series.

For fans of the vampire detective genre, or those who like their vampires as unremorseful killers. (One does wonder, in the end, how much difference there is between Nicki and the serial killer she stalks...).

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From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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