Conversation in the meeting room was subdued. A handful of staffers and police officers were shocked by the revelations but many weren’t. Niles Gule, vampire of Baltimore and detective consultant for the police department’s night shift, was dismayed by the lack of surprise he saw.
A major story had broken over the city. Seven police officers who’d served in a high-profile gun unit had been indicted on federal racketeering charges. They were accused of running what amounted to a criminal mob organization. They’d used their badges to rob innocent citizens, often simply mugging people and laughing because they knew they couldn’t be arrested. After all, they’d probably thought, if the victim called the police, he’d be calling his own attacker. Not content with simple thuggishness, the group had falsified expense reports, took vacations that they charged to the department, and made fraudulent overtime claims. All this while the Justice Department…
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Few things could frighten a vampire. After all, they dealt in human terror and bloodshed on a daily basis. In his younger days, Niles Gule had brutally murdered hundreds of people without a qualm. This situation, however, caused the vampire’s long, lithe body to quiver.
“A dental convention?” he demanded to his partner, Mariella Cruz of the Baltimore PD. “Someone just had to murder someone else at a dental convention?”
Cruz shrugged as she ducked under the police tape that surrounded the crime scene near a display booth featuring invisible braces. “It happens.” She glanced over her shoulder then hesitated when she saw the vampire’s utterly white face. Being a night creature, Niles was normally pallid. Today he was positively ghostly. “Is there a problem?”
“I hate dentists.” Niles ran his tongue over his ever-growing fangs. In order to pass as a human, once a month he visited Dr. Luca…
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