By Andrei Codrescu
A Hungarian-American journalist confronts the wonder and terror of his aristocratic background during this suspenseful chronicle of homicide and eroticism
Turmoil reigns in post-Soviet Hungary while journalist Drake Bathory-Kereshtur returns from the USA to grapple together with his kinfolk historical past. He's haunted via the legacy of his ancestor, the infamous sixteenth-century Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who's acknowledged to have murdered greater than 650 younger virgins and bathed of their blood to maintain her early life. Interweaving prior and current, The Blood Countess tells the tales of Elizabeth's debauched and murderous reign and Drake's fascination with the everlasting clashes of religion and gear, violence and wonder. Codrescu lines the eye-catching origins of the countess's obsessions in tandem with the rising political fervor of the reporter, construction the narratives into an unforgettable, bloody crescendo.
Taut and extreme, The Blood Countess is a riveting novel that deftly straddles the genres of historic fiction, mystery, horror, and kin drama.