cover image The Undead Kama Sutra

The Undead Kama Sutra

Mario Acevedo. Eos, $13.95 (368pp) ISBN 978-0-06-083328-2

Setting the stage for Felix Gomez’s hard-boiled third adventure (after 2007’s X-Rated Bloodsuckers ), a dying alien tells the vampire PI to “find Goodman” and “save the Earth women.” Felix is already on a case, collecting pages of a manuscript called The Undead Kama Sutra that supposedly shows how to increase a vampire’s psychic energies and healing abilities through sex. The search has led Felix to the Florida Keys and researcher Carmen Arellano. After a guest at a vampire resort dies by alien energy blaster, Felix and Carmen track down the mysterious Goodman, a retired army colonel somehow connected to the disappearance of three other women. When Carmen is kidnapped by aliens, Felix must save the day. Curiously low on sex given the title and the example of previous volumes, the story collapses in a deus ex machina that may leave even Acevedo’s fans less than eager for Felix’s next escapade. (Mar.)