Rulers of Darkness by Steven Spruill

[Rulers of  Darkness]“It is midnight at the historic Washington Cathedral when police discover the murdered woman–her throat shredded by human teeth. When other such murders follow, Dr. Katherine O’Keefe and her ex-lover, Detective Merrick Chapman are assigned to track down the “vampire” killer. They discover a bizarre abnormality in the killer’s blood. The man is stricken with a rare disease whereby the blood genetically craves infusions of fresh blood. It is a condition Merrick knows well–because he too has it. And as O’Keefe and Chapman draw closer to the killer, they may find a truth more horrific than the murders themselves.” (from

Paperback Info: ISBN 0312956681, St Martins, 1998

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