Graveyard Shift : A Novel
Alex Menkaure once ruled as pharaoh. Marcus once lived in the time of Caesar. Now, mummy and vampire are partners in a special police unit, fighting to keep the streets safe from both supernatural criminals and anti-vampire vigilantes.
When someone starts poisoning the artificial blood used by vampires, relations between vampires and humans deteriorate to the brink of anarchy. While the city threatens to tear itself apart, Alex and Marcus must form an unnatural alliance with a vigilante gang and a shape-shifter woman in a desperate battle against an ancient conspiracy.
If they succeed, they'll be pariahs, hunted by everyone. If they fail, the result will be a war bloodier than any the world has ever seen.
"Gritty urban fantasy and hard-boiled noir packed into a hand grenade of awesome!" --Mario Acevedo, author of Werewolf Smackdown
- Hardback | 352 pages
- 146 x 217 x 29mm | 430g
- 18 Jul 2017
- St Martin's Press
- Tor Books
- New York, United States
"Those who enjoy police action mixed with urban fantasy may want to try this series launch."--Library Journal, starred review
"The buddy-cop formula gets an undead twist with Alex--also known as the pharaoh Menkaure, reanimated to carry out an eternal duty--and Marcus, his vampiric colleague, who serve as cops in a special paranormal unit. Between the two of them, they have several thousand years' worth of superpowers and martial aptitude. The action is gritty, cinematic, and unrelenting...the worldbuilding is intriguing (as a figure drawn from Egyptian mythos, Alex injects fresh blood into undead tropes), and the reader runs no chance of growing bored during the tense race to the finish, in which a confrontation with an old enemy lays the groundwork for a potential sequel. Fans of urban fantasy, noir, and tightly choreographed action scenes will enjoy the blood and bullets in this adrenaline-heavy ride through crime scenes and secret societies."--Kirkus Reviews
"Inventive and cleverly crafted with a unique premise, Haspil's urban fantasy is absolutely gripping. With strong, intelligent storytelling, distinctive, vivid characters, and gritty, edgy dialogue, Haspil will capture readers. Alex is a compelling, powerful hero and Marcus, his partner, is a strong and enthralling counterpart. With an intricate plot filled with action and intrigue, Haspil lends a fresh voice to urban fantasy with his exciting and riveting debut."--RT Book Reviews, four stars
"This action-packed and fast-paced story begins with a murder investigation, plunging the reader into a world rife with intrigue, corruption, and a general sense of unrest....Haspil weaves elements from the old noir films as the detectives race to bringdown a conspiracy to sabotage the vampires' safe blood source. Fans of Jim Butcher will enjoy a fresh take on this supernatural crime novel that puts itsown spin on the genre. Part crime novel and part fantasy, Graveyard Shift is a bloody good read." -- Booklist
About Michael F. Haspil