The Golden Author:Lucius Shepard They are the family. They are vampires. And they have gathered at Castle Banat to savor the one they call the Golden, a mortal whose bloodlines reflect more than three centuries of careful, patient breeding. — Now that the wait is over at last, they have come from all across Europe for the Decanting, eager to drink the exquisite, long awaited e... more »lixir. But what should be one of the Family's finest moments is snatched from them. For someone ruthlessly murders the Golden, ravaging her body to drain every last drop of precious blood...and robbing her of the immortality - the change from life to life-that would have been hers.
The Task of hunting down the killer falls to Michael Beheim, former chief of detectives in the Paris police force. A mere child among the family, only two years a Vampire compared to the centuries many others claim, Beheim believes he will be able to solve this murder as he solved those of his former life. But the motivations, the actions - the very concept of evil - are quite different for vampires than for ordinary mortals.
It is the Lady Alexandra who first demonstrates just how dangerous Beheim's lack of experience may prove. Both the murder and his investigation are part of a greater game, she says. So Beheim enters the game, following a twisting trail that leads into the terrifying depths of Castle Banat where Beheim discovers that his professional skills alone cannot save him from those who would condemn him to an eternal hell, or from the unfathomable, growing darkness in his own immortal soul.« less