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June 14, 2013

Blog Tour: Blood Street by Carl Alves – Guest Post

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Alexei chose the wrong neighborhood to claim his latest victim. Now Philadelphia mob boss Enzo Salerno is determined to hunt down the man who killed his associate in such gruesome fashion in his South Philly row home.
Perplexed by this unnatural murder, Salerno uncovers clues that lead him to believe that this was not a mob hit, and that a vampire was responsible for this death. Magnus, the leader of Alexei’s brood, must now use all of his resources to save them from both the mafia and the FBI.

add to goodreadsBlood Street by Carl Alves
Publication Date:  November 24, 2012
Publisher:  True Grit Publishing

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The Shadowy World of the Mafia and Vampires

My novel Blood Street has two opposing factions that wind up at odds due to circumstances in the novel.  Both of them live in the shadows of society.  Both of them have to operate in secrecy.  They are the Mafia and vampires.

            As I wrote the novel, the similarities between these two seemingly disparate groups became apparent.  The structure of the two organizations both revolve around family.  In traditional Cosa Nostra, as the Mafia is frequently referred to among its members, the group revolves around a “family”.  The family doesn’t necessarily mean blood relatives, although organized crime typically is something that is passed down in families since it makes it easier to trust your associates if you are related to them.

            Vampires are also structured around a family, also known as a brood.  Because they can’t be open about their identity, by necessity, the only ones who can know about their true identity are other vampires.  Their immortality and need for blood creates a bond among them that can’t be matched by their relationships with humans.  Although vampires are sometimes loners, they will often be found in groups, needing that connection that links them back to their old human selves.

            Mafia families live under a code of conduct.  Broods similarly have codes that they have to live by.  These codes are for practical purposes — to protect the members and maintain secrecy.  If vampires were left to run wild, their members would be discovered and hunted down since humans would never accept their kind.  If the Mafia didn’t use a code of conduct, it would increase the likelihood that law enforcement would be able to break apart their racket and prosecute them.

            Despite these similarities, in my novel Blood Street, they just can’t seem to get along.  Their clashes are fierce and deadly.  The question is who will prevail.  Find out in Blood Street.

 

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After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and later an MBA degree from Lehigh University, Carl has worked in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.  His debut novel Two For Eternity was released in 2011 by Weaving Dreams Publishing.  His short fiction has appeared in various publications such as Sinister City, Alien Skin and Behind Locked Doors anthology.  He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and has attended the Penn Writers Conference.  You can visit his website at www.carlalves.com.

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