Library Journal Review
DEBUT Once a pharaoh in ancient Egypt, the man now known as Alex Romer works for the paranormal department of the Miami Police. With his vampire partner Marcus, he gets sucked into several cases that seem to be heating up tension between the city's humans and vampires. One involves the hunt for a vigilante vampire killer known as Abraham, while another hinges on someone tainting the synthetic blood supply with a substance that can drive vampires into a violent frenzy. To top it off, a new ancient vampire has moved into the Miami area, with plans cloaked in shadows. Local regional details make an interesting backdrop, and while we've seen just about everything in this subgenre, a former pharaoh is definitely new. VERDICT Those who enjoy police action mixed with urban fantasy may want to try this series launch, but the squeamish should be prepared for a hefty amount of violence, much of it against women.-MM © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Haspil's debut creates a dilemma for those charged with keeping order in a world filled with the undead. Det. Alex Romer serves and protects the citizens of a present-day Miami where vampires and werewolves have recently come into the open. He's a onetime mummy; his partner, Marcus, is a vampire of the Roman era; and both of them are former secret agents. They're uniquely qualified to help as the city adjusts to the presence of supernatural beings and they're sure they've seen everything the unnatural world has to offer. Their confidence is shaken when they confront the monstrosity that occurs only when humans turn against their own kind. Haspil leans on earlier works of urban fantasy, relying on a genre-savvy reader who doesn't need to have the intricacies of the world spelled out. Instead he focuses on the everyday complications of an integrated world combined with the frustrations of regular police work. Entertaining, gory, and sometimes heartbreaking, this first effort is a promising new perspective on an old tale. Agent: Sara Megibow, KT Literary. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
This action-packed and fast-paced story begins with a murder investigation, plunging the reader into a world rife with intrigue, corruption, and a general sense of unrest. Alex, a reincarnated mummy, and his partner, Marcus, a Roman vampire, are detectives in the Miami Police Department, working in a special-forces group to address crimes that no one else will touch. Vampires have integrated into society as a result of synthetic blood, enabling them to walk among the living without the threat of feeding on them. But while the new society seems utopian, underneath the harmony lies tensions between the living and the undead, and a rash of vampire-related crimes across the city threatens to disturb the newfound peace. Haspil weaves elements from the old noir films as the detectives race to bring down a conspiracy to sabotage the vampires' safe blood source. Fans of Jim Butcher will enjoy a fresh take on this supernatural crime novel that puts its own spin on the genre. Part crime novel and part fantasy, Graveyard Shift is a bloody good read.--Rasak, Carrie Copyright 2017 Booklist