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This is a brand new book and it has not been read. It is in Very Fine condition and it is Signed and Dated by the author in the month of publication. This novel was a New York Times bestseller and it has rightfully taken its place with the great gothic horror novels. This is a different kind of Vampire story and I promise that you have never read anything quite like it. Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of old yellow letters. The letters are all addressed to "My Dear and Unfortunate Successor" and they plunge her into a world that she never dreamed existed. The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known, and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and destroy it. It is a quest for the truth about Vlad the Impaler, the barbarous medieval ruler whose reign formed the basis of the Dracula legend. In the course of reading the book we are well informed of eastern European history and the trail of Dracula is followed in a complex and subtle manner. The book is a wonderful change from the standard horror novel and it certainly qualifies as 'Literature". A great read and a beautiful book. We are pleased to send pictures on request.