Graveyard Shift: A Novel by Michael F. HaspilGraveyard Shift: A Novel by Michael F. Haspil

Graveyard Shift: A Novel

byMichael F. Haspil

Hardcover | July 18, 2017

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Police procedurals go supernatural in this gritty urban fantasy debut by Michael F. Haspil in Graveyard Shift


Alex Menkaure once ruled as pharaoh. Marcus once lived in the time of Caesar. Now, mummy and vampire are partners in a special police unit, fighting to keep the streets safe from both supernatural criminals and anti-vampire vigilantes.

When someone starts poisoning the artificial blood used by vampires, relations between vampires and humans deteriorate to the brink of anarchy. While the city threatens to tear itself apart, Alex and Marcus must form an unnatural alliance with a vigilante gang and a shape-shifter woman in a desperate battle against an ancient conspiracy.

If they succeed, they'll be pariahs, hunted by everyone. If they fail, the result will be a war bloodier than any the world has ever seen.

"Gritty urban fantasy and hard-boiled noir packed into a hand grenade of awesome!" -Mario Acevedo, author of Werewolf Smackdown

MICHAEL F. HASPIL is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he distinguished himself as an ICBM crew commander. After retiring from the military, he served as a launch director at Cape Canaveral. He has been writing original stories for as long as he can remember and has dabbled in many genres. Graveyard Shift is his first novel.
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Title:Graveyard Shift: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.56 × 5.77 × 1.21 inPublished:July 18, 2017Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0765379627

ISBN - 13:9780765379627

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review: Graveyard Shift by Michael F. Haspil **Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy** A police procedural should investigate the main characters, just as the characters are investigating a crime. In GRAVEYARD SHIFT, there doesn’t seem to be much individuality between its investigators, when there should be worlds of difference. GRAVEYARD SHIFT has a great hook: Detective Alex Romer, née Menkaure, works in Nocturn Affairs, solving vampire-related cases. As a former pharaoh and Ancient, Alex has to douse himself in cologne to cover up the smell of mummified death that lingers around him. Vampires are told that Alex has a terminal illness in order to explain the strange scent. Alex isn’t fond of vampires, but is working in a unit filled with them. He’s also partnered with Marcus, a vampire who used to be a Roman general. Alex tells us that Marcus is broody and serious. So there’s an expectation that Marcus’ POV will be sorrowful and filled with remorse. But it isn’t. In fact, there’s no tonal difference between Alex’s chapters and Marcus’. In fact, we later learn that Marcus is a seducer, content to hold vampire sex parties. There are several different POVs used throughout the book to explain the different factions involved but due to the growing list of terminology and sameness in the writing style, it’s difficult to remember who was important. There’s a lot of needlessly specialized terms in the novel. So much so that I wish there was an explanation at the start of the novel. Using the word ‘vampire’, is considered a slur in GRAVEYARD SHIFT. Nocturn is the new PC term for vampire. Sangers is slang for vampires. Sangri is the artificial blood. Thropes are shifters. It goes on. Police procedurals are one of my favourite sub-genres in urban fantasy. I want methodical work, characters that are obsessed with finding the truth, even at personal or professional costs. Surprisingly, the police work in GRAVEYARD SHIFT felt dry. Sure there’s brutal murders and a city that’s tense with fear, but neither Alex nor Marcus seem overly stressed about their cases. With a serial killer loose, citizen mobs, and a tainted blood supply, you’d expect a little more desperation and rashness. I felt lost with all the name-dropping and knowing glances between characters. I kept feeling like I missed a joke or important plot point because I didn’t know the previous 200 years of character history. For the first time, there was too much lived background between the characters. Both Alex, Marcus, and a few others, used to work for UMBRA, a secret organization that kept the supernatural in line. There are special terms for vampires. There’s Alex’s personal history. There’s the Lightbearer Society that used to wreak havoc. In fact, they’re mentioned in the first murder scene. There’s a villain called Abraham that both Alex and Marcus are sure is the killer. In short, there’s a lot of background information that leaves readers scratching their heads, wondering if they’ve missed a book. The complex mythology that GRAVEYARD SHIFT tries to create ends up overwhelming the reader and distracting from what should be the most important element of the novel: the characters.
Date published: 2017-09-05

Editorial Reviews

"Gritty urban fantasy and hard-boiled noir packed into a hand grenade of awesome!" -Mario Acevedo, author of Werewolf Smackdown"Those who enjoy police action mixed with urban fantasy may want to try this series launch."-Library Journal, starred review"The buddy-cop formula gets an undead twist with Alex-also known as the pharaoh Menkaure, reanimated to carry out an eternal duty-and Marcus, his vampiric colleague, who serve as cops in a special paranormal unit. Between the two of them, they have several thousand years' worth of superpowers and martial aptitude. The action is gritty, cinematic, and unrelenting...the worldbuilding is intriguing (as a figure drawn from Egyptian mythos, Alex injects fresh blood into undead tropes), and the reader runs no chance of growing bored during the tense race to the finish, in which a confrontation with an old enemy lays the groundwork for a potential sequel. Fans of urban fantasy, noir, and tightly choreographed action scenes will enjoy the blood and bullets in this adrenaline-heavy ride through crime scenes and secret societies."-Kirkus Reviews"Inventive and cleverly crafted with a unique premise, Haspil's urban fantasy is absolutely gripping. With strong, intelligent storytelling, distinctive, vivid characters, and gritty, edgy dialogue, Haspil will capture readers. Alex is a compelling, powerful hero and Marcus, his partner, is a strong and enthralling counterpart. With an intricate plot filled with action and intrigue, Haspil lends a fresh voice to urban fantasy with his exciting and riveting debut."-RT Book Reviews, four stars"This action-packed and fast-paced story begins with a murder investigation, plunging the reader into a world rife with intrigue, corruption, and a general sense of unrest....Haspil weaves elements from the old noir films as the detectives race to bringdown a conspiracy to sabotage the vampires' safe blood source. Fans of Jim Butcher will enjoy a fresh take on this supernatural crime novel that puts itsown spin on the genre. Part crime novel and part fantasy, Graveyard Shift is a bloody good read." - Booklist