We have reached the third book in Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula (or Red Reign) series in which each novel, although uniquely different, is consistently strong.
This time the action relocates to a super suave Rome on the cusp of 60’s cool; an era of glamourous movie stars, paparazzi, familiar super spies and legions of the un-dead.
Newman’s light style and knowingly referential wit bring charm but also surprising depth to a serial killer mystery that unites some familiar characters. The setting is vibrant and there is an insightful sensitivity to the handling of female characters during a period sometimes tinged with misogyny.
Back in 2012 this reviewer hoped for a further sequel to this series and it seems Mr. Newman makes wishes come true! Anno Dracula IV: Johnny Alucard is ready and waiting to be read.
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