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July 21, 2010 - 3:39 am

One of the great things (among others) about being a blogger is receiving advanced copies of books in the mail. Yesterday, Lawrence Kane, the author of such non-fiction books as a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594391297?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1594391297″span style=”font-style:italic;”The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1594391297″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / and a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594390711?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=1594390711″span style=”font-style:italic;”Surviving Armed Assaults/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=1594390711″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / sent me his new work of fiction, “Blinded by the Night,” that comes out soon.br /br /I must admit that I am not much of a fiction reader. As a psychologist, I find truth to be stranger and more interesting than fiction, but I decided to give Kane’s book a try. I am still not finished and plan on taking it with me on vacation, but I must say, so far that it reads like non-fiction and held my interest with the intriguing characters. I like the fact that Kane himself is a martial artist, and works in the security field as this insight gives real life to his characters, mainly in the form of officer Richard Hayes who is a Seattle cop. br /br /The book opens with the reader learning about Hayes’s life and what is going through the mind of a cop as he works with various predators. This is the stuff I’m interested in. At some point, Hayes goes hunting for a serial killer, and then the book runs more into metaphysical fantasy when he finds out that “the vampire he destroyed was the ruler of an eldritch realm…By some archaic rule, having defeated the monster’s sovereign in battle, Richard becomes their king. Now he is responsible for a host of horrors who stalk the night, howl at the moon, and shamble through the darkness.”br /br /Now, normally, here is where I would drop out of the book, figuring that the fiction aspects would bore me, but Kane’s use of psychological insight and his knowledge of the inner world of cops and martial arts has kept me reading. It’s quite insightful and full of information about how this particular cop span style=”font-style:italic;”thinks/span about violence, which has piqued my interest.br /br /Anyway, I’ll stop here and read some more but I do have one question to ask of readers: Why are these darn vampires, like those in a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Furl%3Dsearch-alias%253Dstripbooks%26field-keywords%3Dtwilight%2Bseries%26sprefix%3DTwili%26ih%3D23_6%5F4%5F0%5F2%5F0%5F0%5F0%5F0%5F1.10%5F157%26fsc%3D-1tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=ur2camp=1789creative=9325″the span style=”font-style:italic;”Twilight/span series/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=ur2o=1″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”" style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / so interesting to consumers of fiction?

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