Power. Ambition. Vampires. Welcome to Washington, D.C. Washington Post reporter Nate Hallberg is assigned to profile high-powered political consultant Jonathan Drees and uncovers the startling reality that American politics has been controlled by vampires for more than 200 years. Pursuit of Darkness follows Hallberg's heroic struggle to overcome his personal demons and expose the evil at the center of American politics. Could vampires take over the government? They already have. And they want more than your vote! The collusion of politicians and vampires has a rich and largely untold history. The movie "Blade" brought this relationship to the forefront with its gory portrayal of the fight for control of the netherworld between powerful old-school vampires representing Europe's economic elite and brash American "converts". While "Blade" introduced the modern world to the dark world of vampire self-government, Pursuit of Darkness reveals the blood-sucking forces behind the most powerful centers of American politics. "At a time when politicians appear to be devising endless devious means to drain the lifeblood from the body politic, Jeff Gillenkirk's cleverly constructed vampires-in-Washington thriller is timely, enticing and, above all, a most enjoyable read," says Deborah Hayden, author of Pox: Genius, Madness, and the Mysteries of Syphilis.