The book is Angel of Vengeance by Trevor Munson. It is the book that inspired our beloved Moonlight series. My thoughts are kind of varied but the general plot revolves around Mick Angel as a vampire PI who protects the innocent and feeds on the wicked. As I read the novel I couldn’t help but feel it has nothing to do with the Moonlight we know and it was more something like this:
An old PI novel from the 20s and 30s. While not a bad story in the least, it is not something I would have read save for its association with Moonlight.
Mick is hired by a stripper and charged with finding her younger sister, who has run away. As he searches for the missing girl he remembers his past which is quite a bit different than the show. Yes Mick and Coraline were a torrid couple and she turned him but they were also druggies, who ended up in the middle of a homicide rap. It was a train wreck… though not even a very romantic train wreck. And I really like the Coraline from the show.
Anyway the case Mick is working quickly evolves from a simple missing girl case to one involving drug dealers and vampires and it gets a tad personal and tied up in his past. I did not think it predictable and it has its clever moments. It just didn’t “feel” like Moonlight. It was an interesting look into the starting point of a good story though.
If you are wondering how Beth figures in… well she really doesn’t. She is briefly mentioned as a girl he saved from Coraline’s clutches and writers for the show ran with that tidbit. Perhaps Mr. Munson will decide to write more books and share more of their story but if you are imaging this book to be the companion novel to the show then you will be disappointed. It is a book that “loosely” inspired the show.