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In the Valley of the Sun by Andy Davidson

June 25, 2018


I know what made me want to read this book—it was a review that compared it to Cormac McCarthy. I’m too easy. This was more like Jim Thompson meets Anne Rice. Texas noir with vampires. A drifter cowboy haunted by memories of Viet Nam is literally haunted by female vampire who turned him into a bloodsucker years ago. He does what he can to resist the temptation, but the hunger is strong, etc. etc.

The violence is sometimes McCarthy-esque, but the writing isn’t as strong as McCarthy (or Jim Thompson, for that matter). It’s uneven, at its best moments genuinely suspenseful, its worst moments a bloody mess of pulpy violence, like the worst of True Blood. The premise sounded interesting, but to be fair I’m not sure I’ve ever really enjoyed a vampire book, Anne Rice included. This book has four stars on Amazon, so maybe it’s just not my thing.

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