Adin Tredeger lives what he believes is
a perfect life. He is a tenured professor teaching something
he loves, he gets paid to travel the world in search of
historical erotica, and he has a date at every port. Now,
he has discovered the ultimate in historical erotica Ė a gay
illustrated book that goes from racy to downright raunchy.
However, Adin canít shake the feeling that he is being
stalked because he possesses this prized book. Following his
suspicion, he switches the book with another and hides it.
His fears become true when he wakes up from his long flight
from Frankfurt to LA in a slight fog and finds that his
carry-on has been stolen. But Adinís paranoia has paid off
because he had hidden this invaluable book somewhere else.
When Adin crosses path with the same
man that bewitched him on the plane in his hotel, he canít
help but feel that the man and the missing briefcase are
connected. What Adin finds is something he never thought
existed Ė vampires. And the book he irreverently referred to
as historical porn is actually Donteís erotic personal
journal. How will Adin survive repeated encounters with
vampires and threats to his life?
Notturno is a complex,
dark tale loaded with suspense and intrigue. Adin is a
childish character that has spent his life doing as he
pleases with little consequence. Now faced with the
possibility of death and a mysterious lover that doesnít
seem to return his attention, Adin seems to grow up and
realize that life is more that a series of one-night
stands. Donte, the putative vampire of the book, is
appropriately broody and melodramatic fitting well with all
the pre-conceived ideas about vampires. The romance angle
is a little hard to buy as Donte and Adin spend little time
together, but Adin spends quite some time reading the
journal written by Donte centuries ago. Also the suspense
angle is built up to such a degree that itís almost a
letdown when the intrigue is ďresolved,Ē yet several strings
of the plot remained untied at the end. All in all,
Notturno is not the best work Iíve read by Z.A.
Maxfield, which was disappointing, as I am a great fan and
generally love everything Iíve read by Maxfield.