A reader opens a novel with a set of expectations; mine were shaped by Anscombe’s first novel, The Secret Life of Laszlo, Count Dracula(1). Anscombe’s rendition of the Dracula tale is written as the diary of a Paris-trained physician, a secret serial killer, who returns to the Hungarian countryside to assume his legacy as Count Dracula. While the title might lure the vampire crowd, there is nothing supernatural here, and the story is told with calculating, lyrical prose and meticulous detail to tone, character, and setting. The Interview Room is not as elegant a work; the writing is more clipped and less detailed, and everything about this book moves at a faster pace designed to entertain. Anscombe is a gifted, versatile writer whose literary voice glides in a variety of genres.