John Dark has a one night stand with Elizabeth Bathory. He's infected by her with something that makes him exhibit the symptoms of being a cross between a vampire and a werewolf. The only cure for this condition is to travel back to the middle ages, back to Bathory's home, and kill her before any of it happened.
On the way there they are captured by a south sea islands cannibalistic tribe, become pirates, meet people they've known in other lives, (mainly Captain Carmel, Johnny's girlfriend) take part in a rhyming contest in a bar, fight a werewolf, fight some zombie-vampires, and finally make it to Castle Csejthe.
There they battle it out with a poisonous Hydra where Johnny Davis is bit. Bathory escapes and Johnny dies on the journey through the time portal back to the modern day.
Dark arrives in East St.Louis before he left.
There he kills Bathory, after she's transformed into a massive spider. Johnny Davis is alive because in his time-continuum he never left. But he is very confused because he does have the memories of what happened.
The book ends with Captain Carmel (a girlfriend Davis was hoping to never see again) showing up and John Dark leaving him to his fate worse than death.
John Dark and Johnny Davis are East St. Louis' most dangerous street fighters.
But after Dark has a one night stand with history's most Notorious Mistress of Murder they are thrown into a Time Traveling-Nightmare where they must face Pirates, Vampires, Werewolves, Cannibals, UnGodly Creatures of the Night, Legendary Ancient Monsters and even Death Itself.
Will even East St. Louis' Kings of the Street be able to survive?
"John Dark is neither a detective nor a nice guy, because he doesn’t have to be. He just has to get the job done. He is poor, drunk, violent and uncaring, and that is on a good day. He does the jobs the cops want to do to the scum on the streets, but can’t. In the violent streets of East St. Louis there are plenty of opportunities to “cleanup” for some hard cash from seemingly legitimate sources. Treading in a world where violence and murder are a way of life, nothing should surprise the man who walks the fine line between wrong and outright evil. Until now that is.
To be honest I groaned out loud when my editor dropped this book in my lap and gleefully said “Read it, it’s a detective story!” Reluctantly I gazed at the tome in my lap and thought that is wasn’t too big and maybe I could give it a skim, after all it had bloody handprints on the cover and the back mentioned violence and murder repeatedly.
To my surprise I enjoyed the hell out of this book and read it through in less than a day. Mr. Morgan has a unique view on the world and adeptly puts it to paper in a way that really flows. The book includes two separate stories that intertwine and create an enthralling environment the reader can readily imagine. Every city in America has its spots where your mother would either avoid, or tell you to lock the doors. The main character John Dark works in the shadows and alleyways as you pass obliviously.
B.L. Morgan has an aggressive writing style that borders on a men’s adventure novel. But he pulls off the detective genre with a hint of supernatural and a friggin’ boatload of the ole’ “ultra-violence”. Although I didn’t learn any new revolutionary detective techniques, I wasn’t bored out of my socks with the good cop trying not to be corrupt drama I was expecting. I look forward to B.L. Morgan’s next literary publication."
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