It tells the story of Blue Knightly, a young man from the South who has to travel to New York to identify the body of his younger sister.Lacy a bit of a wild child has been missing for six weeks, and a (disfigured) body has been discovered that seems to match her description.
One of the key strengths of Caines series has always been its heroine. While she is younger than some YA heroines, starting the series at just sixteen years old, Caines creation has proved to be one of the smartest protagonists of vampire series that I have come across.
I particularly enjoy the fact that Claire is defined by her intelligence, not by her attraction to vampires.
Last Breath is no exception to this once again, Claire has to answer the questions that baffle the centuries-old undead and save them (again! While this might sound like going over old ground for the Morganville series, Caine has introduced a new antagonist who is both unusual and fascinating, and new history that goes some way to explaining why the sunlight-phobic vampires have chosen to set up home in the middle of the desert!
Like most of the Morganville books, Last Breath ends on a cliffhanger.
This does mean that it cant really be read as a standalone; the series makes a lot more sense if read in sequence.
The most disturbing aspect of the book, and the basis of my recommendation rating, is that there is a blatant misogyny that is fundamental to the plot.