Vigil

The Concentrium
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Collecting the eight-part novella series—Officer Grace Kimble is called to the scene of a murder in progress and stumbles onto LA’s dirtiest little secret—vampires are real. A citywide manhunt ensues and Grace finds herself working alongside a group of hotshot detectives who’ve been pursuing these creatures for years. Grace’s time in a patrol car may be at an end, but her nights on the street have only just begun.
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About the author

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Arvin Loudermilk hand wrote his first novel—a high school superhero fantasy based embarrassingly, and almost entirely, on himself—at the age of seventeen. A ‘sequel’ followed, but his focus soon turned to the intricacies of comic book writing. 

In May of 1989, Arvin met Mike Iverson, a skilled illustrator and designer, and together they created the comic book series Vigil, a crime fiction epic featuring a gun wielding vampire vigilante. Hot on the heels of a thousand pages of Vigil, they produced a sci-fi comic called Collective. 

In the years that followed, Arvin became more and more convinced that Collective and Vigil would be natural fits in the world of prose. The development process to shift to this new creative platform was long and frustrating, but the end result, an assortment of novels and novellas, began its long-term publishing schedule with the 2012 release of In a Flash. 

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Publisher
The Concentrium
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Published on
Feb 22, 2016
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Pages
522
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ISBN
9781943643073
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural
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This content is DRM free.
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