The Truants

The Truants

3.56 (158 ratings by Goodreads)
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Contorting the conventional vampire narrative into a startling tale of immortality, blood lust, and rage contaminating London's inner-city youth like a virus, The Truants tells the story of the last of the old-ones--creatures afflicted with a condition not unlike vampirism: ancient, bloodthirsty, and unable to withstand sunlight.

The last old-one has decided to end his life, but before he can act he is held up at knifepoint. His assailant disappears, the knife in his pocket, the blood of the old-one seared into its sharpened edge. The knife trades hands, drawing blood again, and the old-one is resurrected through his victims' consciousness and divided, spreading through the infected. With his horde of infected youth, the old-one must reclaim the knife to regain control of his soul. But someone is out to stop him...
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Product details

  • Hardback | 249 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 25mm | 372g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1468313878
  • 9781468313871

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Markham's take on the inside of an ancient vampire's head is as invigoratingly fresh as his story is, by turns, brutal and touching. Stripped of romance, paced like a crime novel, it engages a milieu which most of us, happily, will never need to see--the teen gangs on the cruel, poverty-stricken streets, the 'rats' in the gutters--and makes us give a damn. An extremely smart, talented first novel.--Jack Ketchum, author of Off Season
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158 ratings
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5 22% (34)
4 31% (49)
3 32% (51)
2 12% (19)
1 3% (5)
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