Especially the people zoo--every time I go, I'm reminded of Whoopie Goldberg in Jumpin' Jack Flash saying, "There's some funky lookin' people in New York." I don't often see the NY Huston writes about. I've been to the kiddie parks with kiddies in tow, but I confess I wasn't looking around for the pedophiles. It gives me extra appreciation for Huston's writing, which has as much to do with the seedy parts of the city as the politics of staying independent among the Vampyres cabals. Joe really doesn't have time for her, but realizes there is a connection. There are bits of humor to leaven the darkness, particularly the anarchist -isms dialogue that crops up every time Joe interacts with the Society.
In Joe's defense, the underworld is a scary and violent place to prowl around at night, even if you are a vampire predator. To make matters worse, the alternative New York that is Joe Pitt's hunting ground is parceled out between rival vampire gangs, each fiercely defending its territory against intruders and poaching. Joe Pit is a Rogue, as in unaffiliated with any of the major criminal vampire organizations in Manhattan, and his survival depends on playing one gang against another and making himself useful to them. The attention to detail in worldbuilding points out already that Charlie Huston is playing a long game and he prepares here the ground for more Joe Pitt adventures.
Joe Pitt is not a detective. Yet when somebody needs someone found, he's the guy for the job. Yep. Joe's a vampire. try finding a missing girl when you haven't had a pint of blood in days!
simon pops off, and takes another twenty to give the guy a handjob. let that scene serve as a microcosm of this sloppy pulpy drunken joyride of a book: its kinda absurd having all this happen at the place in the year seeing the band... twenty-eight years later simon's changed his name to joe pitt and is a fixture on the LES scene with a hot little LES bartender girlfriend and plenty of work as a detective, money collector, etc... you got some 60s leftover vampyres, a gay and lesbian faction, a group that wants to come out and try to work a deal with normal society, a group of suicide vampyres (led by creepy-as-shit daniel). joes a Rogue. for example: three times in this book of 268 pgs joe gets knocked over the head and dragged unconscious to the bad guys' lair. beyond the plot contrivance, this illuminates a larger problem: joes a pretty passive hero. huston took great pains to describe joe as a crafty badass toughguy, but the actions of the book tell a different story.
Already Dead is a rollicking, no-holds-barred film noir vampire pastiche. It is currently available for the kindle as a free book with the idea that you will buy the rest of the series when the author decides to treat us to more Joe Pitt adventure.
These clans are comprised of local vampyres and they keep the peace among the supernaturals and the humans. The big-wig is the head of a leading Bio-Tech firm who is not a supernatural but is "in the know" on the status quo of vampyres and other non-humans in the area.
I've tried, I really have, but this book and writing style just isn't for me.