Gorky Park. They lay peacefully, even artfully, under their thawing crust of ice, the centre one on its back, hands folded as if for a religious funeral, the other two turned, arms out under the ice like flanking emblems on embossed writing paper. They were wearing ice skates. Pribluda shouldered Arkady aside. "When I am satisfied questions of state security are not involved, then you begin." It did indeed become a triple murder investigation for Chief Investigator Arkady Renko. Three corpses had been found in Moscow. But why the horrific mutilations? And why had they been buried in the snows of Gorky Park? Nightwing. 'You are what you kill...' 'The tide swung again and the all-but-silent screams increased...A thousand mouths opened, revealing incisors as curved and sharp as blades...Desmondontidae, a name suggesting those teeth and despair. Vampires.' When deputy sherriff Youngman Duran finds an old Hopi Indian dead, followed by a spate of maimed, flayed livestock, the only clue is the enigmatic sand painting Abner created the day before: black for death, red for blood. In bitter revenge against humiliations inflicted on his people, the old man's rage becomes gruesome reality as the most virulent disease known to man threatens to wipe out the entire American Southwest. Youngman alone understands the significance of the painting, and together with scientist Haden Paine, knows the burden of defeating its terror rests with him.