Fiona O'Connor and Lorna Moore are the so-called Welcome Committee of the city, ‘civil servants’ dismissively known as the “Travel Agency”. Basically, they are the first contact for vampiric visitors during carnival. Nothing to write home about, their role is to keep the tourist census, handout leaflets with schedules and invitations to private parties, maps with locations for cemeteries with daytime resting and, of course, hunting areas … all the "exciting" tasks and chores you would love to spend the rest of your non-life doing.
Despite the thrill of leafleting and post-it writing the job does come with the occasional bout of danger.
Dealing with visitor indiscretions, like; vampires that reveal themselves to humans taking advantage of the Anne Rice fad, accidental homicides due to uncontrollable bloodlust, unauthorized conversion of humans into the undead, all of which are a big no-no without the permission of his Excellence Jerome Alarie, Duque and Master of New Orleans – Anything and everything that defies the Duque’s authority or shines a light on vampiric society must be dealt with immediately or sought for a higher authority to intervene before they get out of hand.
It’s during one of these out-of-the-office chores where our story begins, chasing a freshly turned young man covered in blood through the French quarter.
The procedure? Simple. Capture him, interrogate him, find the culprit, and hand them both over to the Duque for … a chat, so he can act accordingly with what his ego decides at that precise moment. It usually ends badly. And once it's done, paperwork... So much paperwork recording the incident, just in case of retaliation, though in the end, the reports are of little use when the retaliation comes from a bunch of ‘non-conformists’, rebels protesting at the Duque’s authoritarian government with gunpowder. This year being the fortieth anniversary of the death of the last and beloved leader the non-conformists really want to make their position loud and clear.
It’s not going to take long for the committee to realize that something that should have been routine is anything but. A lethal turn when a vampire hunter is discovered in the heart of the New Orleans police department; Detective Trevor Brennan, a name connected with a series of undead disappearances a few years ago.
Lorna and Fiona are starting to realize that they don’t know the Big Easy as well as they think they do. As they untangle the threads, they will discover a tapestry of lies, conspiracies, and ancient bad blood that will do everything it can to rob them of their non-lives and destroy the society they call home.
In a race against time, Lorna and Fiona are going to have to deal with this mess in their own unique way as something huge makes its moves in the shadows of New Orleans, culminating during Mardi Gras just a few short weeks away.
Who says a civil servant’s life is dull.
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