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The Tale of the Body Thief (Vampire Chronicles)
Series: Vampire Chronicles
Volume: 4
Genre: Horror
ISBN: 034538475X
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Price: $7.99
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The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice

Description: Easily the worst in the series this is the fourth in thee vampire set. A human with the ability to exchange bodies meets with lestat. Lestat is so forlorn for physical pleasures that he allows his body to be taken and becomes a human again. The person in the vampire body wreaks destruction and Lestat must reclaim his body. Books: The Tale of the Body Thief
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.

Interesting Fact:

Anne planned and wrote large parts of The Tale of the Body Thief while on a Caribbean cruise, recalling later that she became Lestat, figuring how to escape from this deck to that.

Also in this series are Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, Memnoch the Devil, The Vampire Armand, Merrick, Blood and Gold, Blackwood Farm, Blood Canticle Return to the Anne Rice page.

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