Faolan O’Connor spent his life killing for men like Legs Diamond and Lucky Luciano, and now it’s his turn to face the music. But when vampire Darcy Killian offers him immortality, Faolan enters a world of violence, wealth, and power beyond anything he’s ever imagined.
Driven by ambition and guilt, Faolan fights his way up the ranks in a battle to justify his sins with success. He’s learned the hard way that relationships are vulnerabilities and friends are just enemies in disguise, but he also knows that he can’t conquer a city alone.
Aided by an emotionally-crippled genius and a warm-hearted call girl, Faolan builds a loyal crew with which to challenge the tyrannical Killian’s rule. However, will this re-awakened humanity prove a fatal flaw or his ace in the hole? With his life and the future of the city he loves at stake, can Faolan play his cards right or is he drawing dead?
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Authors Talk About It, 2016 Horror Novel Contest
“Brian McKinley's Drawing Dead is The Godfather of vampire novels. Godfather, as in a pioneering effort, breaking new ground in its’ expertly weaved combination of two harsh, unforgiving, brutal worlds, at a level unprecedented in its scope, artistry, and detail. The perfect blending of what may at first seem to be two disparate genres merged in such seamless perfection that readers and authors alike will wonder in amazement why no author has written this perfect merger before.”
Daven Andersen, author of Vampire Syndrome
“McKinley has created a richly detailed underworld (to the underworld we already know from history) where vampires vie for power to control it all. The vampire hierarchy that rules over it all is intricate and fascinating and [in] hoping to break into this ruling class, Faolan has his work cut out for him.”
Laura Enright, author of the Chicago Vampire Series