By David Wellington
In the subsequent 23 hours, there'll be no reprieve,
no mercy, and no break day for strong behavior.
When vampire hunter Laura Caxton is locked up in a maximum-security felony, the cop-turned-con reveals herself surrounded via numerous murderers and death-row inmates with not anything to lose . . . and many 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 a fair better hazard has slithered in the back of the bars to hitch her. Justinia Malvern, the world’s oldest residing vampire, has taken up place of abode, and her power grows by way 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 understands simply how one can 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 maintaining the area from Justinia’s evil.
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Hush! " "I understand," said Henry. " There was a silence of some few minutes' duration. Flora had dropped into a deep slumber. That silence was first broken by George, who said, −− "Mr. " "It is −− it is," said Henry. " "That picture shall be moved from here. " said the mother. Chapter III. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE BODY. 21−− THE Varney the Vampire; or, The Feast of Blood "It is the very man himself," said Mr. Marchdale. " "Indeed. " "Ninety years. " "No, no. " "To say something to you all. But not here −− not here.
How strange that this dreadful adventure should have taken place just the night before. 'Tis very strange. " He took from the shelves of a book−case the work which Flora had mentioned, entitled, "Travels in Norway," in which work he found some account of the popular belief in vampyres. He opened the work at random, and then some of the leaves turned over of themselves to a particular place, as the leaves will frequently do when it has been kept open a length of time at that part, and the binding stretched there more than anywhere else.
It was wonderfully well executed that portrait; so life−like, that the very features seemed to move as you gazed upon them. "It shall be removed," said Henry. " He arose and ascertained that such was the case, and that it would require a workman, with proper tools adapted to the job, to remove the portrait. "True," he said, "I might now destroy it, but it is a pity to obscure a work of such rare art as this is; I should blame myself if I were. " Then, all of a sudden, it struck Henry how foolish it would be to remove the portrait from the wall of a room which, in all likelihood, after that night, would be uninhabited; for it was not probable that Flora would choose again to inhabit a chamber in which she had gone through so much terror.
23 Hours: A Vengeful Vampire Tale by David Wellington