Sustenance (Hardcover)

A Saint-Germain novel (St. Germain #27)

By Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Tor Books, 9780765334015, 480pp.

Publication Date: December 2, 2014

List Price: 29.99*
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The vampire Count Saint-Germain protects Americans fleeing persecution—and becomes trapped in a web of betrayal, deceit, and murder in post-WWII Europe in Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's SUSTENANCE

The powerful House Un-American Activities Committee hunted communists both at home and abroad. In the late 1940s, the vampire Count Saint-Germain is caught up in intrigue surrounding a group of Americans who have fled to postwar Paris. Some speak out against HUAC and battle the authorities.

Saint-Germain swears to do his best to protect his friends, but even his skills may not be able to stand against agents of the OSS and the brand-new CIA. And he has an unexpected weakness: his lover, Charis, who has returned to Paris under mysterious circumstances.

About the Author

CHELSEA QUINN YARBRO has been nominated for the Edgar, the World Fantasy, and the Bram Stoker Awards.  She has been named a Grand Master of the World Horror Convention and a Living Legend by the International Horror Guild.  In 2014, she was named Lifetime Achievement Winner of the World Fantasy Award.  Author of many novels of horror, dark fantasy, mystery and more, including the St. Germain series, Yarbro lives in Berkeley, California.

Praise For Sustenance: A Saint-Germain novel (St. Germain #27)

“The detailed historical knowledge characteristic of the series is evident, complemented by highly literate eroticism.” —Publishers Weekly on Commedia della Morte

“Rich descriptions and impeccable attention to historical detail.” —Historical Novel Society on Commedia della Morte

“A meticulous novel, An Embarrassment of Riches brought to mind an elaborate version of The Historian, told from the vampire's perspective. Despite the many books that have come before, Saint-Germain's perspective is easily accessible to a new reader. I had no difficulty feeling involved.” —All Things Urban Fantasy

“You might compare Yarbro's style to Anne Rice in her vampire tales, where the plot is character driven. The book is intriguing.” —Shelf Life on Borne in Blood

“Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has created the most remarkable and original vampire since Bram Stoker's Dracula.” —Midwest Book Review

“Yarbro's compelling prose and meticulously researched setting combine effectively for a vivid historical tale.” —Publishers Weekly on An Embarrassment of Riches

“The characters are richly described and brought to life. The book's attention to details and development of characters make it a must-read.” —Booklist on An Embarrassment of Riches

“Quinn Yarbro is one of our finest writers and craftpersons, incapable of a slack paragraph, or a fuzzy thought. Everything is perfectly focused, everything is expertly accomplished. And the Count remains a vibrantly original character, one of the greatest contributions to the horror genre.” —Peter Straub

“These solidly researched novels show us a Saint-Germain who genuinely learns and grows from a fiend into a being of great gentleness, wisdom, and compassion. The series is probably the most sustained and impressive treatment to date of extreme longevity.” —Minneapolis Tribune