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This edition was published in by Chatto & Windus in London.

Written in English

430 pages

Miami, 1992, "city of water, city of speed," tropical garden of a city where corruption pulses beneath the lush surface. Miami, the perfect city for a vampire.

Yet Lestat—hero, rock star, incorrigible seducer of millions, the most powerful and sensual vampire of them all—prowls this savage garden in desperate N. misery. Restlessly pursuing the mystery of his dark existence across time and space, from New Orleans to Venice, the Cotswolds to the Amazon rain forest, nineteenth-century London to the Paris and snow- bound crags of his eighteenth-century youth, Lestat yearns to think and breathe and feel as a man, to walk in the sun, free of his nightmare immortality.

Stalked in his turn by the only creature who can grant his desire, Lestat—against all the rules, all urgent warnings—rashly seizes it. IVhile the Body Thief, cloaked in his immortal powers, lays a trail of carnage across America and the Caribbean, Lestat is abandoned to the long-forgotten clumsiness, the unassuageable hungers, the fragility of human life, to discover that a mortal body is no fit receptacle for a vampire's soul ..

Rejected by the other vampires—by Marius, by Claudia, even by his beloved Louis—a torment- ed and appallingly vulnerable Lestat is forced to seek human help to recover his vampire self. Help he abuses unforgiveably when, in a mesmeriz- ing climax, he succumbs to the basest urge in any nature ...

Electrifying, erotic, terrifying—the fourth book in the Vampire Chronicles is as rich, as violent, as sensual, as the three runaway best-sellers that preceded it. Anne Rice casts a spell like no other writer: The Tale of the Body Thief unlocks the door to entrancement.
--front flap

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The Tale of the Body Thief

First published in 1992



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Returning to Lestat as the main character, the fourth in the Vampire Chronicles series finds Lestat impulsive and careless in the pursuit of what he wants: a serial killer in Southern Florida. Lestat is surrounded by mortals in this tale, an a new worthy counterpoint character to Lestat is introduced, Raglan James. James is a vampire hunter, and a formidable adversary for Lestat. James offers Lestat the opportunity to switch bodies temporarily with a young mortal. Against Louis' advice, Lestat accepts and discovers he hates everything about being human. He also finds that James has disappeared with Lestat's powerful vampire body. Louis refuses to help Lestat become a vampire again, and he turns to another mortal to help him trick James into switching souls, and giving up Lestat's body.

Centering on the themes of body and soul and soul migration, The Tale of the Body Thief is a novel of action.
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The Vampire Lestat here.
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The Tale of the Body Thief

This edition was published in by Chatto & Windus in London.


Edition Description

Miami, 1992, "city of water, city of speed," tropical garden of a city where corruption pulses beneath the lush surface. Miami, the perfect city for a vampire.

Yet Lestat—hero, rock star, incorrigible seducer of millions, the most powerful and sensual vampire of them all—prowls this savage garden in desperate N. misery. Restlessly pursuing the mystery of his dark existence across time and space, from New Orleans to Venice, the Cotswolds to the Amazon rain forest, nineteenth-century London to the Paris and snow- bound crags of his eighteenth-century youth, Lestat yearns to think and breathe and feel as a man, to walk in the sun, free of his nightmare immortality.

Stalked in his turn by the only creature who can grant his desire, Lestat—against all the rules, all urgent warnings—rashly seizes it. IVhile the Body Thief, cloaked in his immortal powers, lays a trail of carnage across America and the Caribbean, Lestat is abandoned to the long-forgotten clumsiness, the unassuageable hungers, the fragility of human life, to discover that a mortal body is no fit receptacle for a vampire's soul ..

Rejected by the other vampires—by Marius, by Claudia, even by his beloved Louis—a torment- ed and appallingly vulnerable Lestat is forced to seek human help to recover his vampire self. Help he abuses unforgiveably when, in a mesmeriz- ing climax, he succumbs to the basest urge in any nature ...

Electrifying, erotic, terrifying—the fourth book in the Vampire Chronicles is as rich, as violent, as sensual, as the three runaway best-sellers that preceded it. Anne Rice casts a spell like no other writer: The Tale of the Body Thief unlocks the door to entrancement.
--front flap

Edition Notes

Series
Chronicles of the vampires -- 4
Copyright Date
1992

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813.54

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
430p. ;
Number of pages
430

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL18395019M
Internet Archive
taleofbodythief0000rice
ISBN 10
0701138874
ISBN 13
9780701138875
OCLC/WorldCat
60001232
Library Thing
3448
Amazon.com
0701138874
Goodreads
106450

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