Department 19

Department 19

By Will Hill; William Hill

Razorbill, Hardcover, 9781595144065, 544pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 2011

Jamie Carpenter's life will never be the same. His father is dead, his mother is missing, and he was just rescued by an enormous man named Frankenstein. Jamie is brought to Department 19, where he is pulled into a secret organization responsible for policing the supernatural, founded more than a century ago by Abraham Van Helsing and the other survivors of Dracula. Aided by Frankenstein's monster, a beautiful vampire girl with her own agenda, and the members of the agency, Jamie must attempt to save his mother from a terrifyingly powerful vampire.
"Department 19" takes us through history, across Europe, and beyond - from the cobbled streets of Victorian London to prohibition-era New York, from the icy wastes of Arctic Russia to the treacherous mountains of Transylvania. Part modern thriller, part classic horror, it's packed with mystery, mayhem, and a level of suspense that makes a Darren Shan novel look like a romantic comedy.

About the Author

William Hill is the author of several books on western trails, including The Oregon Trail, Yesterday and Today, The Lewis and Clark Trail, Yesterday and Today and The Santa Fe Trail, Yesterday and Today, all published by Caxton Press. He has devoted many years and traveled thousands of miles collecting material for his guides.

Born in Pennsylvania, Hill earned his B.A. in history from the University of Minnesota. He also attended Hofstra University, where is obtained his M.S. in secondary education and a C.A.S. in educational administration.

Hill's interest in the West dates back to childhood trips taken with his family. He is a member of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, the Oregon-California Trails Association, the Santa Fe Trail Association, Western Writers of America and various historical associations.

Hill is now retired from teaching and he and his wife live in Centereach, New York.

Praise For Department 19

"Gripping, gory, and violent, this isn't for the faint-hearted - but it's also clever, and moving, and wittily done. I can't wait for the next installment." -John Connolly, bestselling author of Every Dead Thing, The Reapers and The Book of Lost Things.