Maksim Volkov is a Carpathian male posing as the silent partner of another Carpathian, Tariq Asenguard, in Dark Crime. Maksim and Tariq are hunting the vampire secretly leading a mob. His lifemate, Blaze McGuire, has recently been targeted by this mob. While helping Blaze avenge her father's murder, they discover that several master vampires (including Vadim and Sergey) are working together in the city and have an underground lair where they monitor the movements of Carpathians hunters and psychic human women.