Certain Dark Things: A Novel

This vampire tale (336 pages) was published in October of 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books. The book takes you to Mexico City. Melissa read Certain Dark Things and loved it; it wouldn't be on our site if she didn't recommend it.

Certain Dark Things

A Novel

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In this alternative version of history, Mexico City is meant to be a vampire-free zone. But when rival vampire gangs in the North go to war, the capital city is no longer a safe haven from bloodsuckers. And homeless, mostly friendless, kind of clueless Domingo is about to get caught in the crossfire of silver-tipped bullets.

He’s seen the mysterious and beautiful young girl before. She’s got a raven-black bob, an F-off attitude, and a genetically modified, oversized Doberman named Cualli at her side. But even a girl as tough as Atl — descended from Aztec blood drinkers — needs help once a while. With deadly Necro vampires hot on her tail, she could use a friend she can trust. Domingo is just lonely enough (loyal enough, scrappy enough) to brave her talons — literal and figurative — and fight at her side.

But in vampire gangland warfare, allegiances are rarely clear, and even the good guys are sometimes bad guys. The Atl vs. Necro situation is further complicated by an ambitious human cop, an ageless Revenant, an all-human crime gang called Deep Crimson, the creepy Croneng’s disease, and the relentless sanitation workers: government inspectors intent on ferreting out vampires amidst the humans.

To save her skin, Atl’s got to get out of Mexico. As she and Domingo make a desperate run for the border, the various forces working against them all finally meet in a fight to the death.

This page-turner is a mashup of crime procedural and vampire adventure that explores the bittersweet allure of (possibly, probably) ill-advised romance and the humanity that can linger deep inside of monsters.

Atl removed her gloves. Her fingers were love and beautiful. But the nails were sharp and black. It was not nail polish. These were her natural nails. These were a bird’s talons. She raised those long hands and placed them on either side of his face… as her hair turned into feathers and her hands seemed to grow more talonlike. — Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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