Once Bitten - Stephen Leather
There’s a full moon over Los Angeles, and for police psychologist Jamie Beaverbook that can only mean one thing: the crazies will be out in force. But when he is called into the station for a consult in the middle of the night, even the jaded Beaverbrook can’t believe his ears. The innocent-looking girl in the interview room doesn’t look a day over fifteen, yet the cops say Terry Ferriman was discovered in an alley off of Sunset Boulevard, her mouth smeared with blood as she crouched over the body of a man whose throat was torn out. A basic psych evaluation convinces Beaverbrook of Terry’s sanity and yet he can’t ignore the evidence that seems to point in one extraordinary direction. He tells himself he doesn’t believe in vampires, but after some digging, the good doctor begins to realize that the shadows of L.A. conceal a world where girls like Terry never age and where blood is more valuable than gold.
STEPHEN LEATHER WRITES
Once Bitten was one of my three self-published books that topped the UK Kindle charts for almost six months. It was so successful that Amazon decided they wanted to buy it, along with The Basement. Both are now published by Amazon and sell well. I’ve often thought that Once Bitten deserved a sequel – Twice Dead? – and one day I’ll write it.