Duncan has served as Raphael's man for over one hundred years. Through Reynolds' deft writing, we see Duncan through the years and evolve with him. Emma couldn't care less about vampire politics. She is looking for her best friend, Lacey, who has been hanging out with vampires of the wrong sort. When she has to make nice with the leading vampire in DC, Duncan, she does so in order to find Lacey.
This is the fifth book in the Vampires in America series; while you can read this as a stand-alone, I highly, highly recommend you read all the books in the series. Reynolds' writing style is smooth and packs one heckuva punch.
Washington, D.C. . capital of an empire. Powerful. Exhilarating. Corrupt. And in the shadows . vampires far older than the nation itself.
A power unto himself, Duncan has served at Raphael's side for a hundred and fifty years. But long laid plans have finally borne fruit, and the time has come for Duncan to leave Raphael and tackle the greatest challenge of his life. He will face treacherous vampires and murderous humans. He will rock the halls of human power if necessary. But Washington, D.C. will be his.
Emma Duquet cares nothing for vampire politics. She just wants to find her missing roommate and best friend, Lacey. But Lacey's been playing with vampires of a particularly dangerous kind, and Emma will have to deal with the new vampire in town if she's going to find her friend.
Battling powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets, Duncan and Emma will dig beneath the corruption and depravity that is Washington, D.C. and uncover the most heinous conspiracy of all.
This is part of a series, but can stand-alone.