The Tale of the Body Thief

November 06, 1992 at 05:00 AM EST

Given the decadence of the times, perverse thrills are hard to come by. Hence the appeal of Lestat de Lioncourt, protagonist of The Tale of the Body Thief, the fourth entry in Anne Rice’s enormously successful series, The Vampire Chronicles. Born into 18th-century French nobility, the Vampire Lestat was doomed for all eternity to fly around the world in foppish costumes, draining the lifeblood of mortals and writing prose that is not so much purple as incarnadine. ”Blood is warm, chérie. Come with me, and drink blood, as you and I know how to do.”

Basically, Lestat is a fanged Harlequin-romance hero who yearns tragically for Perfect Love. So naturally, when a telepathic con man offers to switch bodies for 24 hours, he takes the deal. The mortal frame offered to our hero is that of a muscular hunk proportioned like Long Dong Silver. But no sooner has Lestat raped a kindly waitress and seduced a compassionate nun than he realizes what any reader will have known for 100 pages: The tricky telepath has no intention of returning his body or his immortality. Can the Vampire Lestat outwit the rogue who has appropriated his body and his powers? Will this ludicrous mishmash of clichés, with more false climaxes than a James Brown concert, ever come to an end? Garlic, crucifixes, and wooden stakes recommended. D

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