By David Wellington

In the following 23 hours, there'll be no reprieve,
no mercy, and no day without work for solid behavior.

When vampire hunter Laura Caxton is locked up in a maximum-security felony, the cop-turned-con unearths herself surrounded by means of numerous murderers and death-row inmates with not anything to lose . . . and many time to kill.

Caxton’s continually been in a position to watch her personal back–even whilst it’s opposed to a cell-block wall–but quickly she learns that a good higher danger has slithered in the back of the bars to affix her. Justinia Malvern, the world’s oldest residing vampire, has taken up place of abode, and her energy grows through the instant as she raids the inmate inhabitants like an open bar with an all-you-can-drink offer of clean blood. The artful outdated vampire is aware simply find out how to pull Caxton’s strings, too, and she's issued an ultimatum that Laura can’t refuse.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 test at preserving the realm from Justinia’s evil.

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She made a barely perceptible movement, and Lisa ran forward from the shadow of the hall, where she had been regarding the two at table with stern disapproval. The servant went directly to the west windows and drew the curtains. Aunt Mary came slowly to the table and took her place at its head. She put her cane against the side of her chair, pulled at the chain about her neck so that her lorgnette lay in her lap, and looked from Clodetta to her nephew, Ernest. Then she fixed her gaze on the empty chair at the foot of the table, and spoke without seeming to see the two beside her.

The tower stands in one of the loneliest spots in southern Italy, at the extremity of a curving rocky promontory, which forms a small but safe natural harbor at the southern extremity of the Gulf of Policastro, and just north of Cape Scalea, the birthplace of Judas Iscariot, according to the old local legend. The tower stands alone on this hooked spur of the rock, and there is not a house to be seen within three miles of it. When 1 go there I take a couple of sailors, one of whom is a fair cook, and when I am away it is in charge of a gnomelike little being who was once a miner and who attached himself to me long ago.

She simply set up a howl and ran through the village in the dark, screaming out that her dead master's house had been robbed. Many of the people looked out, but at first no one seemed inclined to help her. Most of them, judging her by themselves, whispered to each other that she had probably stolen the money herself. The first man to move was the father of the girl whom Angelo was to marry; having collected his household, all of whom felt a personal interest in the wealth which was to have come into the family, he declared it to be his opinion that the chest had been stolen by the two journeyman masons who lodged in the house.

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