Book Review: Hard Day's Knight (John G. Hartness)


Children are missing.

The police are stumped.

Halloween is coming, with an ancient evil on the horizon.

The vampires are the good guys.

This is not your ordinary fall weekend in Charlotte, NC. Vampire private detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood have been hired to keep a young client from being cursed for all eternity, but end up in a bigger mess than they ever imagined.

Suddenly trapped in the middle of a serial kidnapping case, Jimmy and Greg uncover a plot to bring forth an ancient evil into the world, and enlist the help of a police detective, a priest, a witch, a fallen angel and strip club proprietor to save the world. This unlikely band of heroes battles zombies, witches, neuroses and sunburn while cracking jokes and looking for the perfect bag of O-negative.


This was an interesting take on the vampire novel.  The characters, Jimmy and Greg, are not your typical tall, dark and sexy vampires.  They are average, men with average physiques who just happened to be vampires.  They are best friends who live in a basement apartment and like to play video games and drink beer.

Sharp, witty dialogue keeps this book moving at a steady pace and the action kept me engaged and interested.  The story is interesting, combining vampires, witches and demons from Hell.  There is a lot of religious undertone in this book that is used to tie together the case.  A blend of the undead, wicca and Christianity make for an interesting team and even more interesting climax.


I liked this book.  It was different from most paranormal books I have read and opens the genre up to a different audience.  I can see this book appealing to people who are looking for a quick, action packed book.

Heat Factor:

If you're looking for paranormal romance, you won't find it in this book.  I gave it one flaming heart because there is an interest sparked between the main character and a side character, though you won't find any romance brewing.

Overall, I would recommend this book to people interested in non-romantic vampire novels.  I imagine that this book might appeal to fans of Kevin Smith and other "comic style" writing.

Make sure to check back tomorrow when I interview author John Hartness.

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