X-Rated Bloodsuckers (Mario Acevedo)
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Eos (January 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061438871
- ISBN-13: 978-0061438875
When Felix Gomez returned from the War in Iraq with a disdain for daylight and a raging thirst for blood, he knew he couldn’t settle for an ordinary 9-to-5 job. So after his discharge, the newly undead ex-infantryman chose the career that he felt best suited his vampiric tendencies: private detective.
Now he’s been approached by sexy porn star Katz Meow, who wants Felix to investigate the murder of her once-equally agile friend and fellow toiler in the video sex-biz, Roxy Bronze. But his investigation into L.A.’s hardcore jungle is turning into a triple x-rated nightmare populated by hot babes, sleazy producers, sleazier politicians, sham evangelicals, and fanatical secret societies. And here on the seamy underside of Tinseltown, “immortal” doesn’t necessarily mean “unkillable.”
The first thing I have to mention when discussing the Felix Gomez series are the titles. When you see them on the shelf they make you stop and wonder what the hell is up with them. You grab them, read the back of the book, maybe flip to the front and read the first couple of pages – the whole time hoping you are not seen. It is an awesome idea.
It helps that the opening line of the first book was a winner. I dragged me into the story. But this review is about book two.
For me this book reads starts out similar to a detective noir. Throughout the chapters there are bits of this still sprinkled in there. A damsel in distress, the hard-boiled detective hired to find out what happened to her friend. There is even the love interest that shows the lighter side of said hard-boiled detective.
One of the things (aside from the time it takes place in) that sets it apart from the noir is that as opposed to the “classy dame with gams that reached all the way to the floor” your damsel in distress is a “surgically altered porn star that turns young boys into men through the magic of DVDs.” Felix dives into the seedy underside of LA – porn empires, real estate empires and political empires. The troika of seedy undersides.
The other characteristic that sets this apart from the usual noir detective story is Felix as a hispanic vampire. With his immersion into LA you get to see more of where he came from – the pre-vamp Felix. You also get introduced into some crazy support characters like Coyote. Something of this sidekick reminds me of several characters I have seen in movies and the like. Acevedo’s description of him made him really stand out in my imagination as I read the book. I could practically see (and smell) Coyote in every page.
From the cultural aspect, to the mystery elements and down to the emotional ones of Felix dealing with being not human but still having human emotions, X-Rated Bloodsuckers was an enjoyable read throughout. I didn’t even feel guilty reading it due to either the title or the fact that I had claimed I was going to break from reading to get some writing done. It was good enough to make extra time for. Definitely 4 out of 5 stars – well worth the time to read and money to buy.