May 14th, 2002
$9.95 US/ $14.95 CAN
Small format hardcover: 248 pages
$5.50 US/ $7.99 CAN
Mass Market paperback: 256 pages
Turquoise Draka, a mercenary trained to fight vampires, witches, and shape-shifters, infiltrates a vampire stronghold, but ghosts from her past and new possibilities for her future threaten to distract her from the work at hand.
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Library of Congress Online Catalog
Though she was once a happy teenager with a wonderful family and a full life, Turquoise Draka is now a hunter, committed to no higher purpose than making money and staying alive. In a deadly world of vampires, shape-shifters, and deadly mercenaries, she’ll track any prey if the price is right. Her current assignment: the assassinate Jeshickah, one of the cruelest vampires in history. Her employer: an unknown contact who wants the job done fast. Her major obstacle: she’ll have to mask her strength and enter Midnight, a fabled Vampire realm, as a human slave.
The disguise is difficult for Turquoise: Feigning submission forces her to confront the miserable days of slavery she endured when a handsome vampire murdered her family and forced her into his service. As a hunter, she supressed all memory of those days, banishing weakness and sentiment, training her body and mind to focus on her deadly work. Now, as a slave in this mythical city, she serves Jaguar, a kind master tormented by his own past. Jaguar, a vampire and a slave owner, may be just the creature to release the humanity Turquoise long ago locked away.
– Text from the inside cover of Midnight Predator
Delacorte Press (c) 2002
Cover art: Cliff Nielsen
In the Author’s Words
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Did you know..?
* Though often mistaken by fans as the novel’s protagonist, the figure on the cover at the black gates of Midnight is Jaguar, anti-hero and love interest to Turquoise. (Come on guys, why would a chick be topless on a YA cover? :P)
* Jaguar was born an Azteka shapeshifter, though his father was Spanish, and he was never accepted by his mother’s people.
* “Kyle Lostry” was the name of Jaguar’s son; his mother was Nina Lostry. Kyle was conceived shortly before Jaguar was sold to Jeshickah, and so Jaguar never met his son. Nina died in childbirth.
* According to Boston.com Article “Young Adults Are Reading One of Their Own”, Amelia’s father, William Rhodes “suggested the concluding sentence of “Midnight Predator,” published in 2002: “Wryly, she mused, In the end, my father was right.” ”