Only the Dead Know Brooklyn (Hardcover)

A Novel

By Chris Vola

Thomas Dunne Books, 9781250079077, 304pp.

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

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A vampire who is confined to Brooklyn gives up his immortality to save the human love of his life and unknowingly wades into a much larger supernatural conspiracy.

Ryan Driggs has lived in Brooklyn for 128 years, 96 of them as one of the last members of a tribe of blood-eating immortals who have called the borough home since before colonial times. Besides the occasional hard-to-control thirst, his life in the twenty-first century is uneventful, until he meets Jennifer, a human from Manhattan with whom he falls in love.

Unable to leave Brooklyn without reverting back to his original, cancer-stricken human state, Ryan knows he must tell Jennifer who and what he really is. But before he can find the words, she is kidnapped by a tribe of Manhattan vampires—and Ryan discovers that, for a reason unknown to him, he is a target too. After contacting the oldest member of his tribe, a former slave named Frank Lafayette, and after an attempt on their lives that leaves two of Frank’s employees dead, Ryan realizes he’s been thrust into a world that is more dangerous than anything he’d imagined.

As he travels to Manhattan to rescue Jennifer, forsaking his immortality, he gets caught up in a roller coaster of violence, lies, manipulation, and a power struggle that stretches back thousands of years. Chris Vola's Only the Dead Know Brooklyn takes place in a world where conspiracies are more than just theories—where Ryan must decide to fight, or forsake both of the species he's called his own.

About the Author

CHRIS VOLA was born in Hartford, Connecticut. A former assistant greenskeeper, bouncer, waiter and editor, he lives and bartends in New York City. Only the Dead Know Brooklyn is his third book after Monkeytown and E is for Ether.

Praise For Only the Dead Know Brooklyn: A Novel

"Only the Dead Know Brooklyn is a taut and intriguing tale that is, quite frankly, tremendously fun to read, and I had a hell of a time putting it down once I cracked it open and started the first page." —Jobie Hughes, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“Vola serves up some wicked thrills in this killer novel. Only the Dead Know Brooklyn is a fast-paced, scary book with a wicked sense of humor.” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author

"A book for thriller enthusiasts who like their vampires with a side of conspiracy theory." —Kirkus Reviews