Code Blood by Kurt Kamm is an intriguing read. Being part of an emergency response team and having to deal with loss takes a lot of emotional adjustment. It is no exception for rookie fire paramedic Colt Lewis. When he responds to a tragic accident that results in a young woman’s foot being severed, Colt is extremely distraught, particularly because he is unable to find her foot. Believing that it could have been reattached, his hopes are dashed when he finds out that she died as a result of the trauma. Bothered by the senseless loss of a young life, and the fact that a person in the crowd of bystanders stole her foot, Colt decides to find out who this mystery woman was and where her foot went.
Visualizing her having had the perfect life, he is dismayed when he finds out that she was pregnant, and estranged from her white trash family. He also suspects that a Goth albino, who was at the scene of the accident, is the sick person who stole her foot. Markus, the albino, works for a medical research laboratory. He believes that he is a vampire and in addition to enjoying imbibing in human blood, he also has started a collection of dead body parts which he keeps in his freezer.
The first addition to his collection was a human hand that was very expensive to acquire from a funeral home run by some creepy Russians. Unfortunately, for him, he ticked the Russians off and is being pursued by them because he owes them money. Markus’ drug use makes him even more paranoid about the Russians pursuit of him. The second addition to Markus’s collection is the dead woman’s foot, which he was pleased to be able to get for free.
While Markus is at work, he enjoys hacking into records of the employees. A Li, an Asian woman captures his attention. Referring to her as the “China Doll,” Markus is intrigued to discover that she has a very rare blood type, known as “Bombay.” Believing that her blood will grant him special powers and also knowing that he can make a great deal of money selling it to other vamps like himself, Markus sets out to trap A Li with the desire to acquire more blood than she can afford to lose.