By David Wellington
In the following 23 hours, there'll be no reprieve,
no mercy, and no day off for strong behavior.
When vampire hunter Laura Caxton is locked up in a maximum-security legal, the cop-turned-con unearths herself surrounded through numerous murderers and death-row inmates with not anything to lose . . . and lots of time to kill.
Caxton’s continually been in a position to watch her personal back–even while it’s opposed to a cell-block wall–but quickly she learns that a fair larger danger has slithered at the back of the bars to hitch her. Justinia Malvern, the world’s oldest residing vampire, has taken up place of dwelling, and her power grows via the instant as she raids the inmate inhabitants like an open bar with an all-you-can-drink provide of unpolluted blood. The artful outdated vampire is familiar with simply the way to pull Caxton’s strings, too, and she's issued an ultimatum that Laura can’t refuse.
Now Laura has simply 23 hours to struggle her means via a gauntlet of vampires, cons, and killers . . . 23 hours to make one final, determined try out at keeping the area from Justinia’s evil.
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23 Hours: A Vengeful Vampire Tale by David Wellington