The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman
4 Stars , Reviews / December 30, 2014

One of the things I find fascinating about Buehlman’s works is how different the settings and time periods are. I read Between Two Fires first and have to admit to wondering if he could write another time period as well, especially something more modern like The Lesser Dead which is set in 1970s New York with a vampire as the narrator. Well, all I can say now is Buehlman is a master of setting and mood, he can absolutely write diverse settings and still immerse the reader to the point where they feel like they are right there in the middle of all the gritty gory details. I love the snarky insights that Joey Peacock delivers, his character is so important for this story to work. If you don’t like Joey Peacock (or at least enjoy reading about Joey Peacock), there’s no point in reading this as it is told from his perspective. Joey is stuck for eternity in his early teen body, not exactly your typical package, but his personality is anything but young and naive. Living in our world, vampires are forced to be ruthless sometimes and Joey is no exception. He is hard and gives a wonderfully clever and dark view of the world…