By David Wellington
In the subsequent 23 hours, there'll be no reprieve,
no mercy, and no break day for solid behavior.
When vampire hunter Laura Caxton is locked up in a maximum-security felony, the cop-turned-con unearths herself surrounded by means of numerous murderers and death-row inmates with not anything to lose . . . and lots of time to kill.
Caxton’s constantly been in a position to watch her personal back–even while it’s opposed to a cell-block wall–but quickly she learns that an excellent better possibility has slithered in the back of the bars to hitch her. Justinia Malvern, the world’s oldest dwelling vampire, has taken up place of dwelling, and her energy grows by means of the instant as she raids the inmate inhabitants like an open bar with an all-you-can-drink provide of unpolluted blood. The artful previous vampire is aware simply easy methods to pull Caxton’s strings, too, and she's issued an ultimatum that Laura can’t refuse.
Now Laura has simply 23 hours to struggle her manner via a gauntlet of vampires, cons, and killers . . . 23 hours to make one final, determined try out at retaining the area from Justinia’s evil.
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23 Hours: A Vengeful Vampire Tale by David Wellington