Book Review: Late Bite by John Matsui

late biteLate Bite (Toronto Chronicles #1) by John Matsui

What would happen if a real vampire were captured in Toronto. In Canada he wouldn’t be decapitated or have a stake driven through his heart. He would receive benefit of the law. And that’s what happens to Dragul Mangorian who appears to be the sole-surviving member of a sub-species of homo sapiens that through evolution is forced to feed on human blood. His trial creates a world-wide sensation and after an unusual defence, is acquitted. As a vampire, Mangorian is the ultimate ‘bad boy.’ He becomes television’s #1 Late Night talk show host and with his lawyer/partner Al Hamblyn enjoy fortune and world-wide fame . . . until the murders start up. The story is filled a psychological thriller with dramatic twists, humour, and heart-pounding action scenes. If you aren’t a vampire or horror fan, think again. Late Bite turns the vampire myth on its head and opens the genre to a whole new audience.


I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up Late Bite — I thought it would be a vampire horror story set in Toronto. And it is, kind of. But there is also more. There are two parts to Late Bite, there is the crime thriller court case part and the vampire on the loose in the city horror part.

Matsui creates a new and fascinating mythology around vampires, they are not undead monsters, but a distant branch of humanity called homo sanguinus. This was brilliant and fun. Dragul is a vampire caught in Toronto and gets put on trial, which is a great way to explore ethical questions as well as have the tension of a trial.

Hamblyn is a down and out lawyer until he meets Dragul and becomes his lawyer and the book is told from his point of view. He is a character that the reader can really feel for and get behind. We quickly become invested in him and want him to succeed.

Late Bite is a great book if you’re looking for an engaging story, with court drama and horror, and unexpected twists.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

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