The first in a series of supernatural thrillers, Blood Oath features Nathaniel Cade, a vampire who, thankfully, is a little different from most other undead characters we've been seeing (no offense to Bill from True Blood or Edward from Twilight). Cade was captured by the U.S. Army and is being forced to protect the president from threats by the undead and whatever otherworldly creatures that might come along. Mix vamps, who literally drink blood, with D.C. politicos, who may as well; toss in an overconfident Oval Office liaison, a few conspiracies and some biological weapons, and you have quite a literary cocktail. The Washington Post calls Blood Oath "a complex and unnervingly realistic tale in which vampire Nathaniel Cade is far less of a monster than his human colleagues at the CIA and FBI." (Like we said, we certainly hope this is fiction.) 6:30 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com. Free.
Wed., June 2, 6:30 p.m., 2010