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Anne Billson's debut novel, described by Christopher Fowler in Time Out as "dark, sharp, chic and very funny", is set at the end of the 'greed is good' decade, and features a gothic love triangle between a man, a woman and the 300-year-old vampire they chopped into easily disposable pieces a decade earlier. But now she's back, and this time she's building a bloodsucking empire... More

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Words: 86,760
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465952448
About Anne Billson

Anne Billson, who was born in Southport in 1954, is a film critic, novelist and photographer whose work has been widely published.

Her books include studies of John Carpenter's The Thing and Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In, as well as horror novels Suckers, Stiff Lips and The Ex. In 1993 she was named one of Granta's "Best Young British Novelists".

She has lived in London, Cambridge, Tokyo, Paris and Croydon, and now lives in Brussels.

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Review by: Tim Sadleir on April 25, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this vampire novel which, despite its now rather dated setting, is a breath of fresh air after the mopey teen romance of the Twilight saga.
This is vampire literature as it's supposed to be: gripping and scary, and with lashings of blood. That it provides a few laughs and and delivers a satire on 1980s greed is very much a bonus.
Dora is a rather flawed heroine - you wouldn't necessarily want her as your best friend, and don't even think about beating her office on a London flat - and I do have to wonder if Duncan is worth all the effort, but this cracks along at a decent pace and, if I'm honest, was much better than I was expecting it to be. Roll on the sequel!
(reviewed long after purchase)

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