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A COLDNESS IN THE BLOOD
By Fred Saberhagen
TOR/ $25.95/ 383 pages
ISBN 0-765-30045-1

Book Cover Fred Saberhagen was among the first to tell Dracula's story from the vampire's point of view. As he explained in THE DRACULA TAPE (1975), Drac was sadly misrepresented by Jonathan Harker. Far from an evil monster, he is honorable, noble, and charming. Replete with traditional vampiric powers, he's also a powerful force with whom to contend. In this tenth in the series, Matthew Maule's (known in other days by a variety of names including Dracula) "nephew" Andy Keogh (a descendent of Mina who has no idea vampires exist) is helping him set up a Web site. (Dracula uses a Mac.) Dickon, a panicked nosferatu, and a human companion, Tamarack, show up pleading with Maule to protect them. Almost immediately Maule and the other occupants of the nearly impregnable Chicago apartment succumb to a mysterious hypnotic trance. Six hours later, when he comes to, Maule finds a groggy Andy, Dickon has disappeared, and Tamarack is dead. A small Egyptian statue has been smashed. It turns out to have been one of six identical artifacts, one of which contains the legendary Philosopher's Stone. The chase is on and adventure is afoot. This is, of course, Saberhagen's forte and he does not disappoint. -- Paula Guran (Original to this site, January 2003)

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