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Jack Flemming was a man of many trades. When he was alive, he was a reporter with a nose for the grittiest news. Now that he's dead, he's a private eye with a thirst for justice--and blood. But being a vampire with morals is no midnight stroll on the mean streets of post-Prohibition Chicago. There's a cold wind blowing off the lake. It smells of death. And even Jack can fe Jack Flemming was a man of many trades. When he was alive, he was a reporter with a nose for the grittiest news. Now that he's dead, he's a private eye with a thirst for justice--and blood. But being a vampire with morals is no midnight stroll on the mean streets of post-Prohibition Chicago. There's a cold wind blowing off the lake. It smells of death. And even Jack can feel its chill. For in the city of sin, the gangs still rule--and they're on the brink of an all-out war. No one--not the crooks or the cops--cares how much blood, innocent of otherwise, flows during the fight. No one--except a certain undead PI. Caught between the local hoods and the boys from New York, can Jack stop the battle before it starts? And how much of his remaining humanity will he have to give up to do so?


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Jack Flemming was a man of many trades. When he was alive, he was a reporter with a nose for the grittiest news. Now that he's dead, he's a private eye with a thirst for justice--and blood. But being a vampire with morals is no midnight stroll on the mean streets of post-Prohibition Chicago. There's a cold wind blowing off the lake. It smells of death. And even Jack can fe Jack Flemming was a man of many trades. When he was alive, he was a reporter with a nose for the grittiest news. Now that he's dead, he's a private eye with a thirst for justice--and blood. But being a vampire with morals is no midnight stroll on the mean streets of post-Prohibition Chicago. There's a cold wind blowing off the lake. It smells of death. And even Jack can feel its chill. For in the city of sin, the gangs still rule--and they're on the brink of an all-out war. No one--not the crooks or the cops--cares how much blood, innocent of otherwise, flows during the fight. No one--except a certain undead PI. Caught between the local hoods and the boys from New York, can Jack stop the battle before it starts? And how much of his remaining humanity will he have to give up to do so?

30 review for A Chill in the Blood

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    1930s noir and a vampire with a heart who interacts with the mob. P. N. Elrod is amazing in her depiction of the time period. You can see, smell, feel, and hear it as you read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    So, Jack has survived the showdown with the gangster boss, Kyler, and now he gets to deal with the three-way free-for-all between Frank Paco's daughter, Angela, the hotshot mobster sent down from New York to settle things, Sean Sullivan, and Gordy, Jack's friend and ally who might be gunning for a bigger piece of the action himself. To further complicate matters, Escott introduces Fleming to a group of FBI agents (think Untouchables-style) who want to clean up the gangs in Chicago, no matter wha So, Jack has survived the showdown with the gangster boss, Kyler, and now he gets to deal with the three-way free-for-all between Frank Paco's daughter, Angela, the hotshot mobster sent down from New York to settle things, Sean Sullivan, and Gordy, Jack's friend and ally who might be gunning for a bigger piece of the action himself. To further complicate matters, Escott introduces Fleming to a group of FBI agents (think Untouchables-style) who want to clean up the gangs in Chicago, no matter what the cost. Stir in a few crooked cops and you've got a recipe for utter chaos! Around this point in the series, it becomes fairly clear that Jack's vampire abilities could make most of the conflicts in these books far too easy to resolve, if he's not limited in some way. So, Elrod has him a bit forgetful about making sure he's topped off with blood at all times, making him slow to recover and unable to think clearly when he's a quart low. She also pits him against adversaries who are so strong-willed that they're hard to hypnotize, and he discovers that drunks are also immune to his powers, and she sets up situations where he's unable to arrange a solo encounter with the people he needs to influence the most, so he has to settle for very quick "shots" of imposing his will on them. Perhaps this will develop his character's use of his powers into something more resembling a scalpel than a sledgehammer eventually. He also struggles with his basic "goodness", despite being undead, and is unwilling to just murder the gangsters that are standing in his way, no matter how despicable they are. So, it seems that we'll see some more personal growth out of Jack. Elrod also begins to flesh out some of the bit players in this drama, like Shoe Coldfied, the black gangster who is another friend and ally of Escott and Fleming's, and we get a sense that there's a big backstory for Escott, too. Another fun adventure in gangland Chicago.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Vampire Jack Fleming is caught in the middle of a gang war in 1930s Chicago ... This was kind of a "fill in the blank" for me, since I have already read books #8 and #9. The events in this book take place immediately after Blood on the Water. Since I read that -- oh, about 25 years ago at a guess -- I appreciated the recap of the action in the first chapter. I like Jack Fleming. He's not as ancient or as suave as C. Q. Yarbro's Saint-Germain, but he fits into the Chicago milieu. He's got "street s Vampire Jack Fleming is caught in the middle of a gang war in 1930s Chicago ... This was kind of a "fill in the blank" for me, since I have already read books #8 and #9. The events in this book take place immediately after Blood on the Water. Since I read that -- oh, about 25 years ago at a guess -- I appreciated the recap of the action in the first chapter. I like Jack Fleming. He's not as ancient or as suave as C. Q. Yarbro's Saint-Germain, but he fits into the Chicago milieu. He's got "street smarts" and his newfound skills come in handy when people are trying to kill him (again!). And the supporting cast -- Bobbi, Escott, and Shoe -- perfect for the time period.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I actually had no idea this was part of a set but didn’t feel I missed anything from not reading previous books. The plot was easy enough to follow. There was plenty of action, twists and turns... I just found most of the characters pretty dull or cliche. The ‘action’ got really repetitive, in the same way descriptions, dialogue and characters became really repetitive. Fine for a quick read but I won’t be picking up any of the others.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    P.N. Elrod takes her vampire hero, Jack Fleming, through all kinds of trials, as he tangles with Chicago's mob 1920s-era underworld. In this outing, Fleming tries to rein in Angela Paco, the daughter of Frank Paco, now disabled; Sullivan, the New York mob's new guy in town; and his own friend Gordy, the least dangerous (or at least sanest) of the lot. Mix in Merrill Adkins, the Fed who let Baby-Face Nelson slip through his fingers, and the plot-counterplot action boils over. This series is a fin P.N. Elrod takes her vampire hero, Jack Fleming, through all kinds of trials, as he tangles with Chicago's mob 1920s-era underworld. In this outing, Fleming tries to rein in Angela Paco, the daughter of Frank Paco, now disabled; Sullivan, the New York mob's new guy in town; and his own friend Gordy, the least dangerous (or at least sanest) of the lot. Mix in Merrill Adkins, the Fed who let Baby-Face Nelson slip through his fingers, and the plot-counterplot action boils over. This series is a fine mix of Noir-ish, hard-boiled crime fiction and the vampire genre, as Fleming tries to keep his friends and loved ones--and his own soul--from harm's way. Enjoyable characters, quick action and a good sense of time and place.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kati

    Not really a standalone story, just a continuation of the previous book, so more Angela Paco and Opal and the whole mob trouble. The plot mostly ran in circles with Jack mediating between Angela and Sullivan and I got quite bored with that. The only interesting parts were those linked to Escott and Shoe. I really hope this mob storyline is finally over and the next book in the series will be about something else, something new. As much as I love the characters, it feels like the story is not rea Not really a standalone story, just a continuation of the previous book, so more Angela Paco and Opal and the whole mob trouble. The plot mostly ran in circles with Jack mediating between Angela and Sullivan and I got quite bored with that. The only interesting parts were those linked to Escott and Shoe. I really hope this mob storyline is finally over and the next book in the series will be about something else, something new. As much as I love the characters, it feels like the story is not really going anywhere.

  7. 5 out of 5

    K

    Another in the solid series of Vampire Files. It's nice to know that someone can write about vampires without focusing on the whole, "oooh, I'm so hot, all the ladies wanna sleep with me." He's a regular joe who has gained some special powers (nearly indestructible, hypnosis) but is struggling to deal with all the downsides...as well as having gotten himself inadvertently wrapped up in business of gangs & mobsters. Fun & easy reads Another in the solid series of Vampire Files. It's nice to know that someone can write about vampires without focusing on the whole, "oooh, I'm so hot, all the ladies wanna sleep with me." He's a regular joe who has gained some special powers (nearly indestructible, hypnosis) but is struggling to deal with all the downsides...as well as having gotten himself inadvertently wrapped up in business of gangs & mobsters. Fun & easy reads

  8. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    I'm not sure what it was about this book but I just couldn't get into it. This hasn't been a problem with any other in this series. And there was plenty of action so I shouldn't have been bored... but I was. I'm not sure what it was about this book but I just couldn't get into it. This hasn't been a problem with any other in this series. And there was plenty of action so I shouldn't have been bored... but I was.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I have reluctantly realized that the further I get into the series, the less actual plot there is. This latest offering had Jack and Escott running around trying to keep from being killed. For over 300 pages. That was it. I’d like to see them get back to solving cases

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I love this story line. However, I felt this book was more filler (I hope) for the books to come. It didn't really get exciting until after 100 pages in as well. I love this story line. However, I felt this book was more filler (I hope) for the books to come. It didn't really get exciting until after 100 pages in as well.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Eh it was ok , I kinda had a lot of mixed feelings all through it but it was a new author for so maybe but it just didn't seem like my cup of tea:( Eh it was ok , I kinda had a lot of mixed feelings all through it but it was a new author for so maybe but it just didn't seem like my cup of tea:(

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Armani

    Interesting read. Interesting style of vampire. Makes me wish I started with the first book in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cathi

    Actually didn't even finish this one. Just more of the same from the other books. I thought it'd start being individual cases for him to work on, but it's still just him running from the mob. Actually didn't even finish this one. Just more of the same from the other books. I thought it'd start being individual cases for him to work on, but it's still just him running from the mob.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Flusche

    Good Chicago 1938 trivia, not so hot vampire and mob stairio-type really should start series at begining as seems to start in middle of a story but action picks up and ends resonably.

  15. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn Arnold

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  17. 4 out of 5

    Antonio

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robin Smith

  19. 4 out of 5

    restless.shade

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tamela

  21. 4 out of 5

    The other Sandy

  22. 4 out of 5

    David Harman

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela Johnson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gerry N

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bill Whitehead

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mel

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jochen Träm

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