Picks and Pans Review: The Secret Life of Laszlo, Count Dracula

updated 11/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Roderick Anscombe

Bloodless as vampire tales go but still involving, this novel doesn't feature your generic Count Dracula. This guy is a Hungarian physician who apparently does his bloodletting offstage. Anscombe limits his graphic scenes to the count's attempt to seduce the female population of Paris during his medical school days there.

Laszlo may be too sincere to keep his membership in the vampire's guild, but he is a likable character. When not draining his victims' blood, he's human enough to worry about breaking their hearts. (Hyperion, $22.95)

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