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The Tale of the Body Thief (Vampire Chronicles #4)

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The Tale of the Body Thief (Vampire Chronicles #4) by Anne Rice
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Miami, 1992, tropical garden of a city where corruption pulses beneath the lush surface - the perfect city for a vampire. Yet Lestat - hero, rock star, incorrigible seducer and the most powerful and sensual vampire of them all - prowls this savage garden in desperate misery. Restlessly pursuing the mystery of his dark existence, Lestat yearns to think, breathe and feel as a man, free of his nightmare immortality. When, stalked in his turn by the only creature able to grant his desire, Lestat rashly seizes the chance. While the Body Thief, cloaked in Lestat's immortal powers, lays a trail of carnage across America and the Caribbean, Lestat himself is abandoned to the fragility of human life, and discovers that a mortal body is no fit receptacle for a vampire's soul. Rejected by the other vampires, a tormented and appallingly vulnerable Lestat is forced to seek human help to recover his vampire self; help he abuses unforgivably when, in a mesmerizing climax, he succumbs to the basest urge in any nature...

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"The fourth book of the Vampire Chronicles series, launched in 1976 with Interview with the Vampire (which Knopf is simultaneously reissuing in cloth), reconfirms Rice's power as a mesmerizing raconteur. In sensuous, fluid prose, she follows the tormented vampire Lestat as he struggles to integrate his bloodthirsty nature with his aspirations to achieve humanity. Desiring to see the sun, to love without taking blood, to seek God as mortals do, Lestat enters blindly into an unholy bargain. In order to experience mortality for one day and two nights, he agrees to switch bodies with the scoundrel Raglan James, a former member of the secret order of scholarly occultists called the Talamasca, and a ``sinister being,'' according to David Talbot, the order's superior general and Lestat's longtime friend and advisor. But Lestat has given little thought to how James intends to use his body and its vampiric powers. Trapped in the mortal state, Lestat must overcome the human frailties of despair and physical pain to thwart James's evil intentions and, with Talbot's help, regain his immortal self. Drawing on characters met in earlier novels as well as the lushly evoked settings of New Orleans, Miami and Paris, Rice once again deftly lures readers into the enchanting world of her anguished and deeply sympathetic hero." Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Anne Rice was born in New Orleans in 1941, the second daughter in an Irish Catholic family. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, became a cult best-seller, as did her two subsequent books in the Vampire Chronicles, The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned. She also writes erotica under two pseudonyms. Anne Rice lives in New Orleans with her husband, the poet and university professor Stan Rice, and their son.
Release date Australia
March 4th, 2010
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Arrow Books Ltd
Pages
688
Dimensions
129x198x42
ISBN-13
9780099548126
Product ID
3977486

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