A NovelBook - 2002
With his dead-on depictions of the rural crime beat in such critically acclaimed novels asEleven Days,Known Dead, andThe Big Thaw, Donald Harstad proved himself to be a master of the police procedural and a keen observer of the intrigues and eccentricities of the American heartland. InCode Sixty-one, Harstad furthers his talents, bringing his offbeat,Fargoesque style to a gripping tale about modern-day vampires. Investigating the apparent suicide of a colleague's niece, Iowa Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman uncovers a group that has transformed the dark fantasies of vampire legendinto grisly reality: they ritualistically drink small amounts of one another's blood. As Houseman and his partner, Hester Gorse, are drawn deeper into this alternate, alien world, they come to the chilling conclusion that the dead young woman may have been the victim of a twenty-first-century Dracula. Their prime suspect, Dan Peal, is a sinister and commanding presence within the group, but without proof to substantiate such a heinous theory, the trail is in danger of running cold. When their suspicions are bolstered by the report of a card-carrying vampire-hunter who is also pursuing Peal, Houseman and Gorse suddenly find themselves scrambling to track the vampire before he kills again. A spellbinding journey into the dark recesses of the modern-day heartland, Code Sixty-oneunfolds with relentless speed and precision. Veteran police officer and author Donald Harstad continues to craft his work from the fabric of personal experience and insider know-how, cutting to the quick of well-imagined fiction, rattling nerves along the way.
Alternative Title: Code 61
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: x, 370 p. ; 25 cm.